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Michigan opens week as nine-point favorites over Indiana

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Struggling for bowl eligibility, the Wolverines will welcome the Hoosiers to Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

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ANN ARBOR -- Although it was demoralized against its in-state rivals, the show must go on for Michigan.

The Wolverines (3-5, 1-3) are treading water in more ways than one and are facing the possibility of not being bowl eligible for the first time since 2008. However, that doesn't stop Vegas oddsmakers from naming Michigan as home favorites on Saturday when Indiana (3-4, 0-3) comes to Michigan Stadium (3:30 p.m., BTN)

According to OddsShark.com, Michigan opens the week as nine-point home favorites over the Hoosiers on Saturday.

Indiana will be without quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who made his presence felt during Michigan's 63-47 victory over the Hoosiers last year, and will see true freshman Zander Diamont who struggled mightily against Michigan State in his first career start.

Arguably the best offensive playmaker on both sides of the ball on Saturday is Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, who looks to continue with his solid 2014 season. Coleman, who is allegedly strongly considering declaring for the NFL Draft, has 1192 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns this season.