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  • 26 Jul
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan had momentum going in the wrong direction when Jim Harbaugh came back to the campus where he was a star quarterback.The Wolverines were 5-7 in 2014, the fourth and final season in which they won fewer games than the previous year under Brady Hoke. They fired Hoke and hired Harbaugh, moves that have been hailed for turning around the program.As No. 4 Michigan (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) prepared to host Indiana (5-5, 3-4) in its last home game for seniors, including tight end Jake Butt, and perhaps junior Jabrill Peppers, Harbaugh heaped praise on the players who will play in the Big House for the last time Saturday.This class has meant so much to me personally, to Michigan football, to all of us, Harbaugh said. The direction of the program was going a certain way almost like a locomotive. Its a lot to get it stopped, to get the momentum stopped. Its like stopping a freight train. Credit them for not only getting it stopped, but even getting it turned on the tracks and headed the other direction.The Wolverines cut ties with Hoke, who had a 31-20 record, but the players he recruited helped Harbaugh win 10 games last year. This year, theyre contending for their first conference championship since 2004 and perhaps the schools first national championship since 1997.Even though Iowa spoiled Michigans undefeated season last week with a 14-13 win, the Wolverines are three wins away -- against the Hoosiers, at No. 2 Ohio State and in the Big Ten title game -- from reaching their goals.We reminded ourselves and each other that what we set out for at the beginning of the season is still right in front of us, Butt said. Were going to learn from this loss and become tougher and better because of it. We control our own destiny. As long as we keep handling business, were not worried about what anyone else is doing. Weve just got to handle our own business and the rest will take care of itself.Here are some things to watch when the Wolverines host Indiana:UNDER CENTERMichigan may start John OKorn for the first time because quarterback Wilton Speight hurt his left shoulder last week against the Hawkeyes. As late as Thursday morning, Harbaugh was refuting reports that Speight would be out for the rest of the season. OKorn started 16 games at Houston before transferring.CLOSE CALLThe Hoosiers havent won in the series since 1987 and are winless at Michigan Stadium since 1967, but they were in a position to beat the Wolverines last season. Indiana had the lead in the final minute before giving up a touchdown with 2 seconds left and losing 48-41 in two overtimes.Im sure they might have it in the back of their mind we kind of stole that game from them last year on their senior day, Butt said.TURNOVER TROUBLEIndiana has fumbled nine times in the last two weeks, losing seven. The rash of turnovers dropped them from No. 3 in the nation after eight games to No. 101 this week. If the Hoosiers are going to have any chance of winning at Michigan, they have to hold onto the football.STRIKING A BALANCE: Michigan is averaging 236.3 yards rushing and 231.5 yards passing this season.A lot of people talk about balance, Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said. But those are pretty stout numbers both directions.DEFENSIVE DEMEANORThe Hoosiers couldnt stop anybody, including Michigan, on defense last season. New defensive coordinator Tom Allen has turned their defense around. Indiana is giving a much more reasonable 28.4 points per game and has only allowed three teams to top the 30-point mark. The Hoosiers have made the best improvement in yards allowed, giving up 392 yards this season, 117.5 fewer than they allowed last year.HOOSIER IN BLUEMichigan freshman Chris Evans, who is from Indianapolis, made the most of limited opportunities last week against the Hawkeyes. 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Malkin got tangled up with Detroits Luke Glendening early in the third period and his left skate took the brunt of collision with the boards behind Pittsburghs net. Harry Kane England Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State fired coach Tim DeRuyter on Sunday after the Bulldogs dropped to 1-7 in his fifth season.After winning the Mountain West title in each of his first two seasons at Fresno State, DeRuyters teams struggled once star quarterback Derek Carr left for the NFL.Tim DeRuyter is a man of high character -- a class individual who is a leader of young men, athletic director Jim Bartko said. Over the time Ive been here, the football program has shown it has the ability to be a product the Red Wave can be excited about, but the results have not been to the standard we anticipated and expect.Offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has been named the interim head coach. The Bulldogs host Air Force on Fridayy night.ddddddddddddDeRuyter is 30-30 at Fresno State, but he went 20-6 his first two seasons. The Bulldogs won a total of nine games the next two seasons and lost Saturday 38-20 at Utah State.The path to greater heights of success in athletics -- and in life -- is neither smooth nor straight, school President Joseph Castro said. Our commitment to academics and athletics boldly rising together is unwavering. Student success, inside and outside of the classroom, remains the highest priority for our university.DeRuyter has two years left on a five-year contract that was worth $7.5 million. ' ' '