MICHIGAN: Five Days and Counting

Bloomington - A pair of 3-0 teams are set to clash this weekend in Ann Arbor when the Hoosiers face off against Rich Rodriguez's Wolverines. Hoosier Nation begins its day-by-day preview of the match-up with Five Numbers to Note...

812 – rushing yards for Michigan in its first three games, or 270.6 per outing. That ranks Rich Rodriguez's team third nationally behind only Air Force and Florida. The Wolverines are getting big rushing totals from both the tailback and quarterback positions. At running back, senior Brandon Minor averaged 63.5 yards and 6.7 yards per carry in the first two games before missing Saturday's Eastern Michigan contest with an ankle injury. His replacement, senior Carlos Brown, filled in and ran for 187 yards and two touchdowns to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors. At quarterback, true freshmen Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson are a pair of dual threat weapons that will both play. Forcier starts and is averaging nearly 40 yards rushing per game. Robinson will see action as well, and he's actually the Wolverines' second-leading rusher with nearly 52 yards per game, an 8.6 yards/carry average and three touchdowns.

89 - underclassmen on Michigan's roster, compared to only 31 upperclassmen. Indiana, by contrast has 20 seniors and 20 juniors on its roster. In Ann Arbor, it's all been a part of making the transition from the Lloyd Carr regime to Rodriguez, who arrived on campus last fall. Those youngsters are also making their way onto the field, with half of the Wolverines' starters being either freshmen or sophomores. Indiana, meanwhile, started only six freshmen or sophomores against Akron – wide receiver Tandon Doss, center Will Matte, guard Justin Pagan, cornerback Donnell Jones and defensive tackles Larry Black and Adam Replogle.

2 – Indiana road victories over ranked teams in the last 22 years. The most recent came in 2004 when Indiana stunned No. 24 Oregon in the season's second week, 30-24. The other came in 2001, when the Antwaan Randle-El led Hoosiers topped No. 22 Michigan State 37-28 in East Lansing. Otherwise, Indiana is 2-32 over that time span on the road against ranked teams. Six of those losses have come against Michigan, which has been ranked in six out of the last seven times IU has played has played it in Michigan Stadium.

42 - years since Indiana last won at Michigan Stadium. That victory came during IU's 1967 Rose Bowl season as the Hoosiers upended the Wolverines 27-20. Since that time Indiana has lost 15 straight by an average of 26 points per game. Only three of those setbacks have been by less than 10 points, with the most recent being a 27-20 loss in 1996. Indiana actually hasn't fared much better at home, losing 15 of 16 to the Wolverines at Memorial Stadium since the '67 season. The lone win was a 14-10 victory on Oct. 24, 1987, during Indiana's Peach Bowl season.

333 – rushing yards surrendered by Michigan's defense in its last two outings. That's good news for Indiana, which will need to utilize running backs Demetrius McCray, Darius Willis and Trea Burgess in an effort to control the clock and keep the game close going into the fourth quarter. Michigan's defense held Western Michigan to only 38 rushing yards on 24 carries in the season opener, but both Notre Dame (31 carries, 154 yards) and Eastern Michigan (48 carries, 179 yards) have had success moving the ball on the ground. In a 45-17 loss to Michigan over the weekend, Eastern Michigan actually piled up 128 rushing yards in the first half before being forced to throw more in the second half.

Coming Up
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday – Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Key Match-Ups
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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