Michigan vs. Indiana prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen during Saturday’s game between the Wolverines and Hoosiers.
There are some gripes about Michigan still being No. 3 in the CFP rankings after its loss to Iowa. They’ve gotten louder with Wilton Speight out. But the Wolverines are still one of the top four teams in the nation despite the setback, and they’ll go back to proving that this week. John O’Korn doesn’t need to be flashy, and he’ll get most of his work in handing off to De’Veon Smith. Michigan’s defense intercepts Richard Lagow three times and wins easily.
So, Wilton Speight is out, and John O’Korn has taken over. Well, this is quite the hand Jim Harbaugh is holding. O’Korn is basically a two of spades, but hey … twos can be wild sometimes. I’m not confident in O’Korn’s ability to to lead the Wolverines to a win over Ohio State, but I’m certain he’ll lead them to a win over Indiana. De’Veon Smith will cut up field for some big gains, and Jabrill Peppers will do what he always does: ball out. Michigan wins this one.
John O’Korn will take over the Michigan offense, which is not ideal considering we are this late in the season. But the Houston transfer should be able to ease into his new role against a Hoosiers defense that ranks No. 13 in the conference in pass defense at 235.8 yards per game. De’Veon Smith should receive plenty of carries, as Michigan bounces back from its loss to Iowa and pulls away from IU in the second half. Kevin Wilson’s squad wilted against Penn State last week, allowing 24 points in the final quarter of a 45-31 loss. A similar fate awaits against Michigan.
Let’s face it: if you lose to Iowa, you don’t belong in the playoff picture. Michigan, somehow, is still right there. Whoopee!
Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson has still not responded to my requests that we be best friends, so I am sort of upset by that, but I will get over it. As for the game, let’s all pretend that Michigan isn’t focused on the Ohio State matchup next week and that all of their sights are strictly on the Hoosiers. Sure. That’s it. Wolverines win.