Indiana vs. Michigan Prediction
Can No. 3 Michigan bounce back today when the Wolverines return home to face Indiana at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Michigan is favored at home in this one, as the Wolverines are getting odds of -24 points against Indiana. The over/under total for the game is listed at 51 points. Michigan has won 10 straight meetings with Indiana and the Wolverines are 6-4 against the spread in those 10 games.
Michigan is coming off a 14-13 loss at Iowa on a last-second field goal last Saturday. The Wolverines are now 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in the Big Ten and 5-5 against the spread. They are just 1-3 ATS in their last four games. Michigan will have to continue this season without QB Wilton Speight as he suffered a collarbone injury last week. Speight had thrown for 2,156 yards with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions this year while leading Michigan to an average of 44.5 points and 467.8 yards per game. John O’Korn will take over under center. He has thrown for 114 yards and two touchdowns this year. O’Korn is a transfer from Houston. Coach Jim Harbaugh is likely to stick with the ground attack, as Michigan averages 236.3 rushing yards per game. De’Veon Smith is leading the charge with 592 yards while three other backs have over 400 yards. Michigan will also rely on its top-level defense that is giving up just 11 points and 244.7 yards per game. Their pass game ranks tops in the nation, giving up just 131.6 yards per game.
Indiana is coming off a 45-31 loss at home to Penn State last week. The Hoosiers are now 5-5 on the season and 3-4 in the Big Ten. They are also just 4-6 against the spread, going 1-4 ATS in their last five. IU is giving up 28.4 points and 392 yards per game, including over 150 rushing yards per contest. On offense, IU is putting up 27.5 points and 467.3 yards per game, including over 300 passing yards per contest. Richard Lagow has thrown for 2,866 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, but also has 13 interceptions. Nick Westbrook and Ricky Jones have combined for 87 receptions and 1,506 yards while Devine Redding has rushed for 901 yards and five touchdowns.
Michigan needs to get itself some momentum heading into next week’s game with Ohio State. The Wolverines will likely be eager to take out their frustrations on the Hoosiers. Michigan can run the ball all over this defense and their defense has the talent to keep Indiana in check. I think Michigan can win this game by 35 points.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 12 PREDICTION: MICHIGAN -24