Both Penn State and Indiana are coming off consecutive losses to Big Ten opponents. Both teams have QBs on their roster that committed to IU in high school. Using S&P+, both teams are projected to lose to Michigan later this year. Both teams are led in rushing by freshmen. Ok, I think I’m done here. Looks like it should be a closely contested contest. Let’s do some picks, mmmkay?
We’ve reached “that game”. You know, the first potential victory turned blowout following the start of Hoosier Hysteria. The one that starts the mass exodus. If you’re still reading, you’re truly an Indiana football fan. Frankly, if you were ever reading this site, you are truly an Indiana football fan. Or your parents have cruel internet blockers set up.
Real job obligations have kept me from digging into the defensive charts, so we’ll stick with a beefed-up participation report this week. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that ugly pass coverage chart next week.
They threw the ball down the field! And it started out poorly…then it got better…then it went bad again. Read all about it below.
Iowa comes to town fresh off a 17 point victory over Minnesota. The Hawkeyes are 4-1 with their only loss coming at Wisconsin. In that game, they actually led deep into the fourth quarter before allowing 14 points in the last minute. The Badgers scored with just under a minute left to take the lead. Then on the subsequent third down, Nate Stanley’s pass was deflected and intercepted. The Badgers would score another touchdown en route to earning the upper hand in the Big Ten West.
That’s how close Iowa is to coming into Bloomington undefeated. Bill Connelly gives IU about a 39% chance at victory.