ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Indiana’s offense presents a challenge the Wolverines defense normally never sees in Big Ten play – a spread high-tempo attack.
In fact, IU has the No. 1-ranked offense in the Big Ten, averaging 461 yards per game, scoring 32.4 points, and yet Indiana (4-5, 0-5 Big Ten) still has yet to win a conference game this season.
“They have a great offense, they can pass the ball, they can run the ball, they are a fast paced team, which is always a test for a defense,” said Wormley when asked about Indiana’s offensive attack. “We’re up for the challenge. They’ve been in a lot of games, and have been close in some games that they should’ve actually won. It’s just a test for the defense, and were excited to have that challenge.”
Indiana has indeed lost some close game in Big Ten play, and their offense can you beat you passing the ball (275.1 yards per game) or spreading you out running the ball (185.8 yards per game), says Wormley, who further noted that U-M is not looking past the Hoosiers.
“I don’t think we look at it as a game we can slip,” Wormley said. “I think every team from here on out is going to give us their best shot. That’s what we expect – we’re Michigan.
“With the year that we’re having and the defense that we have, the offense is going to give us their best shot. We have to go into each week with the same preparation. Indiana is a little different with the tempo, but it’s the same mindset every week.”
No. 15 Michigan (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) plays at Indiana this Saturday at 3:30 pm.