ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Indiana has taken Michigan to the wire twice in the last three years, as the Wolverines have had to survive overtime both times the maize and blue faced the Hoosiers in Bloomington. In 2016, Michigan handled business, but it was a close affair until the game was put away in the fourth quarter.
Now, Michigan — like in 2016 — comes in with one loss and a College Football Playoff berth potentially on the line, depending on how the Wolverines finish out.
Those previous games against Indiana has Harbaugh and the Wolverines on high alert, as they need to take care of the Hoosiers decisively in order to win the Big Ten and beyond.
Harbaugh shared on Monday why Indiana is such a problem team for the Wolverines and what has make the Hoosiers such a formidable foe throughout the years.
“Well, they score a lot of points and are really good on defense,” Harbaugh said. “It’s just always been tough games with them. Two ties, two overtime games, 20-10 game here in 2016. We’ve always looked at them as a really tough opponent.
“I think the reason why, they’re good on offense, they attack, throw the ball downfield, they have backs that run hard. They’ve always had a good line.
“Defensively, we feel like we know what they do, and they’re really good at covering up problems. Any kind of problem they have, anything the opponent is doing to them, they have calls, they have ways of getting that addressed. It’s a big challenge. They do a great job.”
With Ohio State coming up after the Hoosiers come to town, Harbaugh says the focus has to remain on the task at hand, and beating Indiana.
“I think that’s probably a good idea,” he said.
The Hoosiers and Wolverines are set to kick off on Saturday for Senior Day — the last home game of the season — at The Big House at 4PM EST. The game will be televised on FS1.