Memorial Stadium will be under the national spotlight as the Fox “Big Noon Saturday” shows airs live from the venue Saturday morning.
But what’s waiting on the inside appears to be a daunting task for an Indiana team looking to end a two-game losing streak.
IU will face its first ranked opponent of the season when it welcomes No. 4 Michigan to Bloomington.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Hoosiers’ week six matchup.
No. 4 MICHIGAN (5-0) at INDIANA (3-2)
- Kickoff: Noon Eastern, Saturday
- Location: Bloomington, Ind., Memorial Stadium (52,656; field turf)
- Television: FOX — Gus Johnson (pbp), Joel Klatt (analyst), Jenny Taft (sideline)
- Stream: Fox Sports
- Radio: IU Football radio network
- Odds: Michigan is a 22.5-point favorite
- Weather at kickoff: 54 degrees, partly cloudy, wind 6 mph, 0% chance of precipitation.
- Series: Michigan leads 60-10 (UM won 29-7 in 2021)
- The Coaches:
Tom Allen is in his sixth year as the head coach at IU. He holds a 29-34 record.
Jim Harbaugh has a 124-51 overall record in 15 years as a head coach, including a 66-24 mark in eight years at Michigan.
IU Football Week Six Coverage:
- IU will have its hands full with Michigan on Saturday
- Watch: IU football coach Tom Allen with final thoughts on Michigan
- ‘Holy s***, who is that kid?’: IU football WR Andison Coby is just getting started
- Watch: IU football coordinators Bell and Wilt recap week five, preview Michigan
- IU football coach Tom Allen radio show: Michigan week
- “I feel like I can make big-time plays” — IU freshman RB Jaylin Lucas has everyone wanting more
- Watch IU football’s Connor Bazelak: Monday morning QB — Michigan week
- IU football notebook: Jaylin Lucas in offensive plans, appreciative Louis Moore
- Watch: IU football coach Tom Allen Monday Q&A — Michigan week
All eyes will be on starting wide receivers D.J. Matthews and Cam Camper during pre-game warmups. Both players missed last week’s game at Nebraska, and both were described as game time decisions for Michigan by Tom Allen.
Cornerback Jaylin Williams left the Nebraska game but returned briefly. His shoulder injury is another to monitor.
Offensive tackle Matthew Bedford is out for the season.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE COMPLETE BIG TEN WEEK SIX SLATE
|Piscataway, N.J. (Conf.)|
|College Park, Md. (Conf.)||TV: BTN Stats Radio: WAZY (96.5 FM) Video|
|Evanston, Ill.||TV: BTN Stats|
|Bloomington, Ind. (Conf.)||TV: FOX Stats Radio: IU Radio Network Video|
|East Lansing, MI (Conf.)||TV: ABC Stats Radio: Spartan Media Network Video|
|Champaign, Ill. (Conf.)||TV: BTN Stats|
MICHIGAN RESULTS AND LEADERS
- Colorado State – W, 51-7
- Hawaii – W, 56-10
- UConn – W, 59-0
- Maryland – W, 34-27
- at Iowa, – W, 27-14
2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS
- QB J.J. McCarthy leads the NCAA in completion percentage and is fifth in pass efficiency. On the season he’s 66-of-84, with 848 yards, 6 TD/0 INT.
- RB Blake Corum leads the NCAA in scoring, total touchdowns, and rushing touchdowns. He lists sixth in rushing yards. He’s carried 93 times for 611 yards, 10 TD.
- WR Ronnie Bell leads the team with 19 receptions for 269 yards.
- LB Junior Colson leads the team with 37 tackles
- DE Mike Morris is second in the Big Ten and 20th nationally in sacks with four, and he’s added six tackles for loss.
Indiana’s defense played reasonably well a year ago in Ann Arbor. But the Hoosiers’ new 2022 tempo offense needs to sustain drives, or they’ll hang that defense out to dry.
IU’s only hope is a fast start, but that might not even be enough.
Michigan appears to be bigger, stronger, more athletic, and just simply better.
TDH: MICHIGAN 38 INDIANA 13
ESPN SP+ (Computer) Michigan 40 Indiana 15
ESPN FPI: Indiana 8.1 percent chance to win
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