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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#1. Jaylin Lucas gets chance to shine, rushes for 50+ yards and 1 TD

Last weekend, freshman running back, Jaylin Lucas, touched the ball three times on offense, and one of his carries was for 34 yards, making two Nebraska defenders look silly. After the game and this week, Tom Allen spoke to the media about the need and desire to get Lucas more touches on offense and figuring out more ways to get him the ball.

"“…to be able to bring him (Lucas) along and get him more involved is definitely a priority for us right now. And as he continues to grow and develop as a player. And, like I said, you see what he can do with the ball in his hand and we know he can do that.”"

In 2020, Stevie Scott ran all over the Wolverines with 97 rushing yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns in the Hoosiers win. In 2021 against Michigan, no Hoosier running back recorded 40 or more rushing yards in the game, with the leading rusher being the starting quarterback at the time, Donaven McCulley (37 rushing yards). This year’s matchup against the 4th-ranked Wolverines gives an 18-year-old freshman a chance to make headlines and showcase his talent. Expect a big game from Lucas with at least 50 rushing yards and a touchdown on offense or special teams.

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