Five Days and Counting...

HoosierNation.com begins its day-by-day preview of Saturday's IU-Michigan game with five numbers to note about the contest, which kicks off at Noon.

29 –Touchdowns scored for Michigan this season in nine games, which ranks 10th in the Big Ten ahead of only Illinois' 18. The Wolverines have been sluggish offensively, ranking eighth in the league in scoring (28.3 points/game), rushing offense (173.4 yards/game) and total offense (392.3 yards/game).

The Michigan offense has struggled mightily in the red zone as well. The Wolverines are one of only two conference teams to score touchdowns less than 50 percent of the time when they venture inside the 20-yard line. Michigan's offense has been inside the opponents' 20-yard line 42 times this season, resulting in 20 touchdowns and 13 field goals. The only other team to struggle scoring touchdowns inside the 20 is, amazingly, Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been inside the 20-yard line 34 times and has scored a touchdown on only 15 occasions. The Buckeyes make up for it, though, with 19 touchdowns of more than 20 yards this season.

1-Win for Indiana in the last 38 years against Michigan. Indiana is currently on a 13-game losing streak against the Wolverines, with its last win coming in 1987, 14-10, in Bloomington.

To keep its bowl hopes alive, Indiana has to do something it hasn't done since 1967 – win in Ann Arbor. The Harry Gonso-led Hoosiers handed Michigan a 27-20 loss in 1967 at "The Big House," which was also IU's last Big Ten championship season. Since then Indiana is 0-14 in Ann Arbor, losing those 14 contests by an average of 25.7 points. The Hoosiers have lost eight of those 14 games by at least 25 points, and there have only been three occasions when the game was decided by 10 points or less. Indiana lost 27-21 on a last-second touchdown by Anthony Carter in 1979; Bill Mallory's 1991 squad lost a hard-fought 24-16 contest; and the Hoosiers dropped a 27-20 decision in 1996.

14-Tackles for loss for rush linebacker LaMarr Woodley, which ranks second in the Big Ten to Penn State defensive end Tamba Hali's 16. Woodley is also a factor on the Wolverine pass rush, totaling 5.5 sacks to rank tenth in the Big Ten. The 6-2, 268-pound Woodley, who is a Butkus Award candidate, totaled 16 tackles for loss as a sophomore, including two against the Hoosiers in Michigan's win in Bloomington.

1,116-Career punt return yards for Steve Breaston, which ranks third in Big Ten history. Breaston trails only Wisconsin's Jim Leonhard (1,347 yards – 2001-04) and Penn State's Bruce Branch (1,171 – 1998-2001).

Breaston, who has averaged 13.3 yards/punt return during his career, is aveaging 10.8 yards/return this year, with a long of 72 yards. He has three punt returns for touchdowns, including a 69-yard TD against Indiana in 2003. Breaston missed last years' IU-Michigan contest with a finger injury. That's not necessary good news for Indiana's coverage teams, which have given up punt returns for touchdowns to Ohio State's Ted Ginn, Jr., and Wisconsin's Brandon Williams this season.

Breaston is one of the most dangerous weapons on the Wolverine roster. He's been used on eight reverses this season and is averaging 9.1 yards/carry, and he's also caught 15 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown.

65-Receptions for Jason Avant, which ranks third in the Big Ten behind Purdue's Dorien Bryant (68 receptions) and Northwestern's Shaun Herbert (66 receptions). Avant's 92.7 yards/game ranks second to IU's James Hardy (95.0 yards/game), and he's also scored six touchdowns.

The 6-1, 210-pound senior from Chicago, Ill., is a Biletnikoff candidate as the nation's top receiver, and he continues the Wolverines' run of standout wide receivers. In the last five years Michigan has had three wideouts earn All-America honors (David Terrell-2000, Jarquise Walker-2001) and Braylon Edwards-2004), and Avant has a chance to become the fourth.

Walker, who has 834 receiving yards, is on pace to go over 1,100 yards on the season, which would move him into the top-five on Michigan's all-time single season list. Braylon Edwards set the school record a year ago with 1,330 yards, while Walker (1,143-2001), Edwards (1,138-2003), Terrell (1,130-2000) and Amani Toomer (1,096-1994) currently make up the school's top five.

Despite Avant's success, he's yet to have a big game against Indiana. He's totaled just five receptions for 72 yards and zero touchdowns in two career games against the Hoosiers.

What's coming up:
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday - Four Key Matchups
On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Things IU Must Do to Win
On Friday – One Bold Prediction
On Saturday – Hoosier Gameday

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