It was a game that Indiana needed to win and they pulled through. The Hoosiers never trailed although there were some nervous moments late until IU pulled away at the end. In the process, Simmie Cobbs scored his 7th receiving TD of the season. For reference, the 2014 IU team had just 7 receiving TDs as a team. The last season IU had a player total at least 7 receiving TDs was the dynamic 2013 team. That year Shane Wynn had 11, Cody Latimer had 9, and Kofi Hughes had 7. Cobbs is 4th in the Big Ten in receiving yards.
Indiana athletics fans looking for relief after whatever it was that happened last night in Assembly Hall should at least find little comfort this week on the gridiron.
The Hoosiers head to Champaign-Urbana (or Urbana-Champaign, or perhaps just Champaign) to take on the University of Illinois, losers of 7 straight and S&P+’s 117th ranked team.
What remains of the IU offense played one of its best games of the season against Maryland, and looked pretty darn competent through 1.5 quarters against Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the game lasted a little longer than that.
To all of you who were dying for analysis of IU’s performance against Maryland, my apologies. Real world obligations got in the way last week.
On the bright side, now you can dig into TWO generally disappointing defensive performances for the price of one.
Indiana heads to Champaign needing their first of 3 consecutive wins. The Hoosiers have a 2 game winning streak over Illinois. Outside of their 4 game streak against Purdue, it is IU’s longest winning streak against a Big Ten opponent. Vegas has IU as a 9 point favorite. Football Study Hall has IU as a 8.2 point favorite with a 68% chance at victory. Let’s get to this week’s questions.