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BY RYAN TICE A fter a week off, Michigan was torched for 219 yards and three touchdowns on the ground by Michigan State in a 35‑11 loss last weekend, with most of the damage coming from MSU star running back Jeremy Langford. The Spartans averaged 4.8 yards per tote in the game, and now Michigan must gear up for another powerful rushing offense. This one is more one‑dimensional than Sparty's balanced attack — but enters the game with even more prolific numbers. Indiana currently ranks eighth in the country for rushing with an average of 289.9 yards per game, while junior tail‑ back Tevin Coleman leads the nation with an average of 170.3 yards per contest on the ground. His average of 8.8 yards per carry is third‑best in the country and the highest of any player with at least 100 at‑ tempts. He is the only athlete from a Power Five league that averages more than eight yards per rush and has eclipsed the centu‑ ry mark in nine straight games. The outstanding runner is also operating behind an experienced offensive line. The unit came into the year with 11 different players who had starting experience and ranked third with 165 returning starts, but has really come together since fifth‑year senior center Collin Rahrig has changed OCT. 29, 2014 Kevin Wilson, now in his fourth season as head coach at Indiana, has not had much success turning around the Hoosiers, posting a 13-30 overall record. PHOTO COURTESY INDIANA Strength Vs. Strength Michigan's Stellar Run Defense Will Be Tested By Indiana's Tevin Coleman

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