On the Beat: Michigan has habit of bouncing back against Indiana

Michigan’s game Saturday at Indiana should provide the perfect and most timely remedy for the Wolverines offense.

Historically, Michigan produces offense against Indiana. Lots of it.

This season, Michigan needs to go one better. It needs to score, something it hasn’t done much of lately.

Michigan needs to create rhythm in its offense and move forward from fumbles, missed blocking assignments, dropped balls — mistakes that were amplified in the loss last weekend at Michigan State. The Wolverines need to execute. It’s something they haven’t done despite racking up four wins.

In recent Michigan-Indiana games, the team that scores last wins. The Hoosiers and the Wolverines have combined for an average of 70.3 points a game in their last six meetings.

No Wolverines player will say it, at least not publicly, but this team doesn’t want to be the one that loses to Indiana for the first time since 1987. Michigan lost 14-10 that year in Bloomington, Ind.

Michigan historically has held the upper hand against Indiana, which is anything but a Big Ten Conference football juggernaut. It will continue to do so when it faces the Hoosiers on Saturday in a must-win game.

Here’s three vital wins for Michigan in the last four seasons:

  • A 20-10 win in 2016 against Indiana, one week after a 14-13 loss at Iowa.
  • A 34-10 win in 2014 against Indiana, one week after a 35-11 loss at Michigan State, a day after the resignation of former athletic director Dave Brandon. (Safe to say, it was a cathartic weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • A 63-47 win in 2013 against Indiana, one week after a 43-40, four-overtime loss at Penn State — the Wolverines’ first loss of 2013.

There is no better opportunity to gain perspective than by moving forward. Saturday in Bloomington, the Wolverines will get the perfect opportunity to turn around their offense woes and bounce back from the first loss of the season.

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