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Michigan football’s keys to victory against Indiana

Here is what this game will boil down to.

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The Michigan Wolverines look to get back to their winning ways as the Indiana Hoosiers visit for a night game in Ann Arbor. Michigan suffered its first loss of the season last weekend, but with everything still on the table, the season is far from over. Let’s see how Michigan can come out on top in this week’s keys to victory.

Forget last weekend

Last weekend happened, it was awful, but it’s time to forget it. The last thing the Wolverines need on their mind tomorrow is a team they aren’t playing. They need to be focused from the start and never take their foot off the gas to come out with a convincing victory. Indiana is a subpar team, ranking in the lower half of the Big Ten in both total offense and total defense. If Michigan comes focused and ready to play, they should have no issues handling the Hoosiers. If they still have the Michigan State game on their minds, things could be closer than people think.

Clean up the mistakes

In the seven games Michigan has won this year, it has played almost mistake free football. The one game where it started having a lot of mistakes, mostly mental, was the one game it lost. The Wolverines need to play loose tomorrow and avoid some of those mistakes that ended up costing them a W last weekend.

Lead a balanced offensive attack

After the 383-yard performance from Cade McNamara a week ago, Michigan has shown the ability to be a dominant running and passing team. Focusing on one over the other makes it easier on the defense to adjust, so a balanced attack for Michigan will be important. The running game was limited a week ago, and that has been the strongest and most consistent part of Michigan’s offense this year. Getting that back and balancing it with another nice performance through the air should lead to plenty of success for the Wolverines offense.