Indiana football vs. #4 Michigan: Three bold predictions against Wolverines

Michigan running back Hassan Haskins runs over Indiana linebacker James Miller for a touchdown during the first half of Michigan's 29-7 win on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Michigan Stadium.Mich Ind
Michigan running back Hassan Haskins runs over Indiana linebacker James Miller for a touchdown during the first half of Michigan's 29-7 win on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Michigan Stadium.Mich Ind /
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After losing in consecutive road games, Indiana football takes on the #4 team in the country, Michigan, on homecoming weekend in Bloomington.

Indiana football has taken down the Wolverines just once since 1988, losing 25 of the last 26 matchups, including 11 of the past 12 games in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are 0-16 all-time against Michigan when the Wolverines are ranked in the top five of the AP Poll.

With last weekend’s loss and struggling to find any sort of momentum, the Hoosiers are hoping for a miracle against the giant that is Michigan football.


Three bold predictions for Indiana football vs. #4 Michigan

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BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 07: Blake Corum #2. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

#3. Tom Allen’s defense steps up to the challenge of “slowing down” Blake Corum

As you can see in my Big Ten Power Rankings after Week 5, Blake Corum is a big contender for the Heisman trophy. Without Corum, the Wolverines would be nowhere near competing for a chance to play in the College Football Playoff this season.

In his two career games against Indiana football, Corum has totaled just one rushing yard on three carries. Now, that doesn’t mean Indiana’s defense has been able to “stop” him; he just hasn’t gotten the workload against the Hoosiers that he usually has gotten. Over the past two games, Corum has rushed for a total of 376 yards on 59 carries and three touchdowns, then also recorded five rushing touchdowns against Connecticut in Week 3. Corum will be getting his touches against the Hoosiers; it’s just a matter of keying in on him first, then limiting the passing game after.

I believe Corum will still likely hit 75+ rushing yards against Indiana football, but he won’t have as much of an impact on the game as most college football fans believe.