1. Who plays quarterback for Michigan?
It’s unclear exactly who might line up behind center on Saturday. Starter Wilton Speight reportedly suffered a broken collarbone during last week’s loss to Iowa, but Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t ruled him out against IU. Should he be unable to play, John O’Korn would step in. O’Korn is an experienced senior who transferred from Houston in 2015. As a freshman in 2013, O’Korn set program freshman records with 28 touchdowns and 259 completions. O’Korn has appeared briefly in six games for Michigan this season. He completed four of his five passes for 38 yards against Illinois on Oct. 22.
2. Richard Lagow vs. the nation’s best pass defense
Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns said Lagow was as decisive against Penn State as he’s been in some time. That bodes well for IU’s final stretch run over the next two weeks. Lagow completed 23 of his 40 passes against the Nittany Lions, racking up 292 yards and throwing for two scores. He is second in the Big Ten and 15th nationally with 2,866 passing yards. Michigan will challenge that production this week. The Wolverines are allowing an average of 131.6 passing yards per game, while holding opponents to a completion rate of 43.9 percent.
3. Big challenge in the Big House
It’s been 49 years since Indiana won a game in Ann Arbor, a frustrating streak that IU has struggled to break. Michigan’s .859 winning percentage against IU is the program’s highest against any conference school. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 55-9 and have won 20 consecutive games against the Hoosiers. IU’s last win against Michigan came during the 1987 season.
4. Devine Redding runs toward 1,000
The IU junior needs 99 yards to reach the 1,000-yard plateau for the second consecutive season, an impressive feat for a player who has waited his turn to become Indiana’s featured back. Redding is sixth in the Big Ten with 901 yards and fifth with 190 attempts. He’s averaging 4.7 yards per carry and has reached the century mark in eight of his last 13 games.