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Michigan Football vs. Indiana: Keys to Victory

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If Jake Rudock repeats last week's performance, the Wolverines will cruise to win number-eight on the season.

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Another Jake Rudock Outburst

If Rudock is able to follow up his 337 yard, three total touchdown effort from last week on Saturday against Indiana, Michigan should be able to secure victory vs. Indiana easily.

If it is even possible, the Hoosiers are worse defensively than Rutgers was, so Michigan's playmakers will be in position to have a big day.

Some have suggested that last weekend's performance was a fluke from Rudock, which may be partially true. With that being said, he looks even more poised and comfortable as each week goes on and his coaches and teammates have taken note of that.

Look for Rudock and Michigan's passing game to have another big week.

Get De'Veon Smith Going

Smith has cooled down from his early season start, but he has been banged up and working to get back to 100-percent. In the last few weeks, we have seen him take steps to doing so and he rushed for 73 yards against Rutgers, his highest total since the BYU game.

Smith could be in for a nice game on Saturday and should come pretty close to eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the third time this season, assuming his workload is what it has been. A pair of scores would not surprise me against the Hoosiers.

Pressure Nate Sudfeld

Michigan's defensive line has attacked teams in waves all season long and forced quarterbacks into the decision between making a bad throw or enjoying a nice turf dinner.

IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld is one of the best in the Big Ten and has a wide array of guys he can get the ball to in the passing game. It will be on Michigan's defensive line to get penetration and force Sudfeld into making decisions quicker than he wants to.

The Wolverines are a little banged up on the defensive line with Ryan Glasgow being a longshot to play, but look for Maurice Hurst to come in with an increased workload and pick up where he left off. He and Chris Wormley will need to have big days this afternoon.

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