KEEPING THE FAITH: Brendan Gibbons set a Michigan record earlier this season, making a 16th consecutive field goal. Last week, however, Gibbons missed a 52-yarder with 2 seconds left in regulation, and couldn’t convert on two chances to make field goals during the overtimes at Penn State. Hoke, though, isn’t ready to open up the competition at kicker because he still believes in Gibbons.
“He won the Sugar Bowl for us,” he said, referring to the 2011 bowl. “He made a kick here at home to beat Michigan State.”
RYAN’S RETURN: Wolverines linebacker Jake Ryan played last week, completing a comeback that started when he tore a knee ligament in March during spring practice. The second-team All-Big Ten player said he drew inspiration during his rehabilitation from Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who appeared to recover seamlessly from the same injury.
FAST-BREAK OFFENSE: Michigan’s defense gave up 311 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air against Akron’s spread last month in a 28-24 win, which was sealed by a goal-line stand in the final seconds. The Wolverines might have a hard time slowing down Indiana’s offense under Wilson, whose previous stops include Oklahoma and Northwestern.
“Wilson’s done a nice job offensively,” Hoke said. “They’ve got a lot of skill sets that they use. Tempo this week will be as high as it’s going to be all year, between them and Northwestern. We’re going to need bodies to come in and out.”