4 storylines for IU’s game at Michigan

1. Battle in the trenches
Michigan’s top-ranked defense creates havoc for opposing offenses, so it could be a long afternoon up front for the Hoosiers. Michigan is averaging nearly three sacks per game and has posted six or more tackles for loss in eight of the 10 games it has played. The Wolverines tallied a season-high six sacks at Northwestern and recorded five against Penn State. IU ranks 10th in the Big Ten with 23 total sacks allowed this season.

2. Generating takeaways
Indiana’s defense is the Big Ten’s best at seizing takeaways, totaling a league-leading 24 in 10 games. The Hoosiers are tied for first nationally with 13 fumble recoveries, including a game-sealing recovery in last week’s win over Maryland. Michigan, meanwhile, values the ball. The Wolverines lead the Big Ten with a plus-seven in the turnover margin, losing a league-low seven turnovers all season. Michigan hasn’t suffered a turnover since Oct. 20 against Michigan State.

3. Converting when it matters
Not only do the Wolverines take care of the ball, they convert on third down and score in the red zone. Michigan has converted 50.4 percent of its third-down opportunities this season to lead the Big Ten and rank fourth nationally. The Wolverines have also scored 221 points in the red zone, scoring 28 touchdowns and converting eight field goals.

4. Staying healthy
The Hoosiers are heavy underdogs in Ann Arbor, with their best opportunity to clinch bowl eligibility still a week away against Purdue in the regular season finale. Outside of an upset, weathering the challenge at Michigan without losing anymore key players could be the best thing to come from Saturday’s trip.

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  1. Last time IU football had a major upset?
    Not Iowa, not Missouri, probably not Brigham Young, Baylor? Ohio State? Michigan? Though these may be some upsets, has IU football in its history ever had a major upset since the 1950’s???

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