- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

No. 15 Michigan (7-2, 4-1, No. 14 CFP) at Indiana (4-5, 0-5), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Michigan by 13 ½.

Series Record: Michigan leads 54-9.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Michigan’s Big Ten title hopes got a big boost last week when rival Michigan State lost at Nebraska. To keep their hopes alive, the Wolverines cannot afford to drop the ball - at Indiana or anywhere else. This is Indiana’s fourth ranked opponent in six games and it’s still looking to pull off an upset.

KEY MATCHUP

Indiana RB Jordan Howard vs. Michigan’s run defense. Last week, the junior proved he’s healthy by gashing Iowa’s run defense for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Now he faces the nation’s No. 3 run defense. The Wolverines are allowing 80.6 yards per game and a minuscule 2.6 yards per carry. If Howard hits Michigan like he did Iowa, Indiana will have a shot.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Michigan: RB De’Veon Smith. His numbers aren’t gaudy - 524 yards, five touchdowns. 58.6 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. This weekend, things could change against the Big Ten’s second worst run defense (174.0).

Indiana: QB Nate Sudfeld. Howard could be here every week. But with Sudfeld playing his final home game, needing to average 312 yards per game to become the school’s career passing leader and knowing Michigan’s stout defense will likely focus on stopping Howard, Sudfeld has to keep the Wolverines honest.

FACTS & FIGURES

Michigan has won 19 consecutive games in the series with the last loss coming in a 14-10 loss in October 1987. … Harbaugh’s brother-in-law, Tom Crean, is Indiana’s basketball coach and Harbaugh plans to attend the Hoosiers’ season opener on Friday. … Michigan has outscored opponents 198-69 in the last six games. … The Wolverines last trip to Bloomington was in 2010. … Howard needs 39 yards to become the 11th player in school history with 1,000 yards rushing in one season. … Sudfeld needs 45 yards passing and 29 completions to move ahead of Steve Bradley for No. 3 in school history in both categories on Senior Day. … The Hoosiers have lost five straight and will finish the season with trips to Maryland and rival Purdue.

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