Indiana heads home to face Northwestern under the lights. The Hoosiers have a chance to win their 7th game on November 2 which would be the earliest since the 1993 Indiana team beat Michigan State on October 30 to move to 7-1. Additionally, with a win Indiana would have the most wins in a 4 season stretch since the 1991-94 Hoosiers.
While Nebraska was slightly more efficient on offense, Indiana was able to take advantage of the turnover margin and was able to finish their scoring opportunities slightly better than the Cornhuskers. Both teams had 8 scoring opportunities. Both teams turned it over once, but Nebraska missed a field goal and was stopped on 4th down on another drive. Indiana had one drive derailed by Whop Philyor’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. In the end, it was a game so close that Bill Connelly calculated Indiana’s postgame win expectancy to be 51%, a virtual tossup, based on the statistics.
Indiana heads to Lincoln looking to secure bowl eligibility. Indiana also looks to win 3 consecutive Big Ten games in a single season for the first time since 1993.
Indiana took care of business against Maryland even while leaving points on the field. While Maryland had just 4 scoring opportunities, they made the most of them by scoring a TD on each. On the other hand, Indiana generated 7 opportunities but Penix tossed an interception on one and Indiana settled for a FG on two others. The first time they settled for a field goal was on Ramsey’s first drive. Indiana had a 1st and goal at the 4. Stevie Scott rushed 2 yards on 1st down and then Indiana attempted passes on 2nd and 3rd down. Maryland was stacking the box in an attempt to stop the run, but you’d probably still like to see a Stevie Scott run mixed in on 2nd or 3rd down. The second field goal attempt came after Juwan Burgess forced a fumble and recovered at the Maryland 15.
On the season Indiana is averaging 4.9 points per scoring opportunity, up from a combined 4.0 over 2015-2017.
Indiana heads east to face Maryland in an important matchup for both teams in their quest for a bowl game. This will be the 8th matchup between the schools with Indiana leading the all-time series 5-2. In fact, for Indiana the games have gone: W, W, L, W, W, L, W so obviously Indiana will win to continue this pattern. #analysis