No. 4 Michigan won its 10th straight game on Saturday and held a strong challenge from Indiana in a 31-20…
No. 4 Michigan won its 10th straight game on Saturday and held a strong challenge from Indiana in a 31-20 win. Wolverines, now 10-1 in the season with his only loss coming to No. 3 Notre Dame in the season opener, is a few wins away from his first College Football Playoff appearance.
But the next victory can be the toughest season: take on No. 10 Ohio State in Columbus.
Thus, not only is Jim Harbaugh capable of making history in the CFP, but he will also potentially be a favorite in this year’s biggest game ̵
1; a game that he has yet to win as Wolverine’s head coach.
It is possible that some of the mistakes in Michigan’s performance against Indiana can be attributed to the lookahead site with Buckeyes on the horizon, but even a ugly win would have been easier to take if it came without the damage.
Star defensive than Chase Winovich struck out of the game on a late hit in the third quarter and the senior drove back Berkley Edwards had to be mapped off the field after a scary collision on a kickoff in the fourth quarter. Every college’s football team is hurting in late November, but Wolverines has too much on the line to let these injuries define the conclusions for their season.
After the game, Jim Harbaugh told reporters that X-rays both in the arena and at the hospital were negative to Winovich, which would be expected to match Buckeyes if possible. Meanwhile, the Big Ten office could take a look at the battle that beat the untold defensive leader.
Here are three things to know about Wolverine’s win.
1. The red zone is related to: Michigan rolled up 507 meters of crashing against a 6.5 meter per game, but only had two touchdowns in eight trips to the Red Zone. A game that was mostly in favor of Wolverines on a down-to-down basis was winnable for Indiana because the victim could not beat it in the final zone when it was in the scoring position. The offensive line starts to look a bit, and the hard yards near the finish line did not come as easy as you expect from a national champion.
Five field goals retained Michigan in a 7-for-8 red game conversion rate, but the points left in the field from touchdown opportunities could finally be the difference between winning and losing when the race upgrades from Indiana to home to Ohio State on the road.
2. Indiana presented a blueprint for Urban Meyer and Ryan Day: Hoosiers sped Michigan up and spread out to crash, finding success in the first half with a good balance between driving and passports. It will give Ohio Sates coach a little movie to plan for next week’s game. Don Brown and Michigan defenses were tightened up and received only a quarter-quarter field goal after half-time, but the crossroads and runways created for Indiana who drove back Stevie Scott (139 rushes, a touchdown) hinted at chinks in the armor of one of the nation’s best defense.
3. Rashan Gary is back: Stay out because of injury, Gary has worked the way back to full health and it has reached the perfect time. When the game was on the line late in the fourth quarter and Michigan needed a stop, Gary was there to give the elite playmaking you can only get from any of his caliber.