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Well, a lot has happened since the most recent game, a Bucket victory against Purdue. And while Indiana came into the game as 20 point favorites, they were lucky to escape with a victory.
Consider, for all intents and purposes, IU turned the ball over two more times than the Boilers.
Purdue held a 10 yard average field position advantage.
Indiana had extreme difficulty moving the ball, averaging just 3.55 yards per play. That is the lowest mark by an IU offense since freshman Zander against Penn State in 2014.
Fortunately Indiana made enough big plays, paired with a tough defense, to escape with a victory.
If you’ve spent any time on this site, we hope you know that HOT TAKES aren’t really our stock-in-trade. We prefer to spend our time on numbers, tactics and other nerdy stuff. But sometimes circumstances dictate having an opinion that can’t necessarily be backed up by hard facts or stats. This week’s resigning/firing of Kevin Wilson is one of those times.
There are plenty of angles to this story, but I’m going to focus on two particular points that maybe haven’t received that much attention.
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We have a winner. Congrats to lacesout who went for 6 for 7 to tie the high score of the week and finish the season on the top of our leaderboard. In addition to lacesout, pbat, Dan, and CycloneCynergy each had 6 correct picks this week. It was actually the 2nd weekly win in a row for lacesout who snagged the come-from-behind victory.
CincyHoosier and malley02 tied for the season-long best with 3 weekly victories each.
The Bucket game. Indiana is hoping to win 4 in a row against Purdue for only the 2nd time ever. Kevin Wilson is trying to tie Lee Corso in Bucket wins with 4. Between the basketball loss to Fort Wayne and Andrew Luck’s concussion, I can’t take more bad news this week. So let’s win, mmmmkay?
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Let’s throw out the normal Bucket Week caveats first — “It’s a rivalry game, so anything can happen,” “This Indiana team can be totally unpredictable,” and “These are just projections, and not guarantees.”
There. We’ve done it.
Now, I’m going to put my “Please don’t jinx it” hat on and tell you that this isn’t a game that Indiana should lose. No sugarcoating it — this is a bad Purdue Football team, and there’s a reason they made a change at head coach mid-season. They’ve now lost six straight, and have given up at least 40 points in four of their last five.
There’s little question that this Purdue defense is one of the country’s worst, meaning that the selection of the regular season’s final WGOH Mismatch of the Week is a pretty easy one.
Indiana’s passing attack should light up this Purdue secondary this week.