Numbers That Matter in Indiana's Trip to the Big House

Indiana will try and buck trends when they face-off against Michigan  Image: Cam Koenig HoosierHuddle.com

Indiana will try and buck trends when they face-off against Michigan Image: Cam Koenig HoosierHuddle.com

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Indiana heads up to Michigan to take on the fourth ranked Wolverines in the regular season’s penultimate game. The numbers in the series are all heavily weighted toward Michigan, but let’s take a look at some of the numbers that will matter when the game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

4- Michigan will be the fourth top-10 team that Indiana will play in 2016, a program record. So far Indiana is 0-3 in those games and have not beaten a top-10 squad since 1987.

44.5- Michigan is averaging 44.5 points per game, which is good for sixth nationally and second in the Big Ten. The Wolverine defense leads the nation in scoring giving up just 11 points per game Indiana’s offense is putting up 27.5 points per game while giving up 28.4 points per game.

1967 and 1987- Indiana has an all-time record of 9-55 against Michigan. The Hoosiers haven’t knocked off the Wolverines since 1987 and haven’t left the Big House with a win since a 27-20 triumph in 1967.

18- Indiana cornerback Rashard Fant is first in the nation with 18 passes defended (2 interceptions and 16 pass breakups). Michigan’s receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chessen will challenge Fant and the rest of the Hoosier secondary.

 4-2- The Hoosiers are 4-2 in their last six road games dating back to the 2015 season. The wins came at Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers, and Florida International.

9- Over the last two games Indiana has nine turnovers (two interceptions and seven fumbles). In their fist eight games IU had 13 turnovers. IU is now at minus-six in the turnover battle in 2016.

47- Red zone issues have haunted Indiana all season long. While the Hoosiers have been a little bit better that are still only scoring touchdowns inside the opponents 20-yard line just 47 percent of the time (19-40) and scoring points just 68 percent (27-40). 

99- Indiana running back Devine Redding needs just 99 yards to reach the 1,000-yard plateau for the second season in a row. The last Hoosier to accomplish that feat was Vaughn Dunbar in 1990 and 1991.