The 2010 Michigan vs. Indiana game places much more on the line than last year. Michigan starting quarterback Denard Robinson should be good to go, and that is exactly what Wolverines fans wanted to hear after he went down last weekend. For Michigan to end up in a BCS bowl game like they want, they need to ride Robinson for as long as they can, and he presents something that is almost impossible for opposing defenses to deal with. Now an undefeated Indiana team will have its toughest task of the season (so far) as they host Michigan on Saturday.
Even though we are only in week 5 of the 2010 college football season, Robinson is far ahead in the Heisman Trophy race. He already has 731 passing yards, 688 rushing yards, and 10 touchdowns to his credit through the first four games. His remarkable all-purpose yard statistics have him at the forefront of the college game right now, and his ability to completely control every facet of the Wolverines offense is something quite impressive to watch. Now he will have to prove himself in a very tough Big Ten conference schedule that opens on Saturday.
Coming into Saturday’s game, Michigan is 4-0 and Indiana is 3-0, and they are just two of six Big Ten teams that are still undefeated at this point. The Big Ten Conference also has six ranked teams, ranging from the No. 2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes all the way to the No. 24-ranked Michigan State Spartans. The Michigan Wolverines are now ranked No. 19 in the nation, and Indiana finds itself unranked. Indiana still needs a big win like they could get against Michigan if they want to get ranked, and this marks just the first of many “big games” that both schools have to play in the Big Ten this season.
The Michigan vs. Indiana game is on Saturday, Oct. 2, and will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST). This is definitely a game that could be packed with offense, as Indiana’s starting quarterback has had a great year so far as well. Senior quarterback Ben Chappell has 890 passing yards and nine touchdowns in just three games, and has amassed an amazing quarterback rating of 179.04. The Chappell vs. Robinson showdown will rack up a lot of points on Saturday, and it will end up falling on the defenses of both schools. The one that can come up with the big stops in crunch time will be the school that leaves Indiana undefeated this weekend.