Michigan vs Indiana Preview
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Where: Bloomington, Indiana (Memorial Stadium)
Who: #17 Michigan (4-1) vs Indiana (3-2)
Line: Michigan -7
Their Last Opponent: Win vs Charleston Southern 27-0
What a long week it has been. I can’t remember the last time Michigan’s offense was completely shut down like that. Maybe sometime during Jim Harbaugh’s first season here? Or maybe when Brady Hoke was still coaching? Who knows. What I do know though, is that this season isn’t over and that we still have the BEST defense in the country.
This week, we are going up against the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington and they are hot off of a win against Charleston Southern. Indiana is known to make any game that they are in competitive. Our last two games against them, the scores have been 48-41 and 20-10, with the Wolverines winning both of those matchups. Earlier in the season, they outplayed a really good Ohio State team in the first half before getting outscored 36-7 in the second half.
If Michigan wants to beat the Hoosiers, they will have to improve their offense before it becomes game time. Indiana doesn’t have a great defense, but they work hard and they will make you work even harder to get the yards that you want.
Players to Watch: Indiana
Simmie Cobbs Jr.
First up is the receiver in the conference with the most receptions. He destroyed Ohio State’s secondary with 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. He also had 5 receptions and a touchdown against Penn State. Simmie is 6’4″, 220, and very athletic. As of right now, he is an All-Big Ten First Team wide receiver.
Next up is the Hoosiers quarterback Peyton Ramsey. He will be making his second start of the year, replacing Richard Lagow, against Michigan. His first was last week against Charleston Southern. This redshirt freshman threw for 321 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Ramsey entered the game against Penn State during the 2nd quarter and finished the game with a touchdown and only 78 yards on 8 completions. We will find out how well Ramsey performs against the top defense in the country this Saturday.
Last on the players to watch is linebacker Tegray Scales. Tegray is 5th in the Big Ten in tackles, which is four spots ahead of Michigan’s Devin Bush, and 20 spots ahead of the next Indiana player. Tegray is a guy to watch out for in the middle. Let’s just hope Coach Harbaugh and the rest of the staff can figure out this offense in time of this game.
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