On this episode of CrimsonCast Rewind, we perform the distasteful but necessary post-mortem on the IU football loss to Bowling Green this weekend. There’s not much positive to say, and we spend a lot of time breaking down the blunders by the coaching staff, the defense, and the special teams units. We also talk a bit about the long-term problems this loss may indicate for IU’s season.
by Michael Rayome (@doctorhoosier) on September 12, 2014 in Blog Post, IU Football, The Pre-Game Meal
Where: Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio
When: 12 PM ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN
Vegas says: The current line is Indiana by 8, but the books opened with BGSU by 3. The line swung 9 points in roughly four hours last Sunday.
Falcon passing attack in flux
To the outside observer, Bowling Green is reeling as a football team right now due to a batch of early and significant injuries. The team’s starting quarterback Matt Johnson went down with a season ending injury in week 1, prompting the team to start James Knapke, a sophomore QB from Fort Wayne.
Knapke had a fantastic week against the Virginia Military Institute in a 48-7 win. Knapke completed 22 passes for 237 yards, with a solid 71% completion percentage. Knapke did throw an interception, but chipped in a 17 yard rushing touchdown to compensate. You have to consider the competition, but he performed very well on the day.
One thing to watch, though, is that the majority of Knapke’s completions came when the game was totally out of hand. Knapke only threw 5 passes for 34 yards against VMI when the game was within 14 points. The reluctance to use the passing game while building a lead, even against a totally inferior opponent, tells me that Head Coach Dino Babers doesn’t yet believe in the passing game.
BGSU rushing attack has weapons to work with
As a result, expect the Falcons to go to the run early and often against Indiana. For that, they’ll turn to Travis Greene and Fred Coppet. Greene and Coppet combined for 202 yards on 27 carries against VMI. The team’s depth took a hit with the loss of William Houston due to legal troubles, but Greene and Coppet combine for a 1-2 punch that could give Indiana’s new look 3-4 some problems.
The running back crew rolled VMI for a solid 7.03 yards per carry and 4 touchdowns, but against reasonable competition in Western Kentucky, that number dropped to 4.34 yards per carry.
Don’t be surprised if you see Indiana key on the BGSU run game while challenging Knapke to make plays to beat them over the top. That’s not necessarily been Indiana’s M.O. so far this season. But if Indiana shuts down the run game early and forces a few early three and outs, we could see a similar result to last year’s contest.
A “get-right” game for the Hoosier passing attack?
Bowling Green comes in with a 1-1 record after two games that weren’t all that hotly contested. They were blasted by Western Kentucky’s offensive attack to the tune of 59 points and 569 passing yards. After watching that game, I can tell you that even with 59 total, WKU left some points on the board.
Knock on wood, but this could be a get-right game for the Indiana passing attack. It’s week 3 and the Bowling Green passing defense hasn’t shown up yet – the pass rush has been poor with 3 total sacks on the season, and cornerbacks have struggled to keep opponents to a 445 passing yards per game average. (For those of you who prefer per play stats, considering the competition, the 8 yards an attempt stat on the Falcon D’s books should be similarly concerning.) Things look even more dire for Bowling Green fans as the Falcons defense has struggled to turn teams off the field on third and long. On third and 7-9 to go, VMI and BGSU combined for a 214.48 passer rating and a 89% completion percentage. That’s not good.
Expect to see a few broken tackles – 6 of the Falcons’ top 8 tacklers are defensive backs, and we know what happens when Tevin Coleman gets into the open field.
Calling our shots – CrimsonCast staff score predictions
And without any further ado, here are the predictions from your CrimsonCast staff:
Galen’s video pick gets historical to caution you about an Indiana team going on the road, before calling a 34-31 shootout victory for your Hoosiers.
Scott calls a 35-17 Indiana win in Bowling Green.
Mike Petry’s prediction? “Pain. And a 42-14 IU victory.”
Michael Rayome’s pick – I’m calling a 38-13 Indiana victory. Indiana will score a couple of touchdowns early via a renewed passing attack. Tevin Coleman and the running back crew will dominate the second half, prompting the exits to clear in the early fourth quarter.
On this special preview podcast, we talked with BJ Fischer of Falcon Blog, and he was nice enough to give us an in-depth breakdown of Bowling Green’s team. We talk about the issues that BGSU has with injuries, and how the replacement QB for the Falcons did in his debut. We also talk about their current defensive situation, including some worrying (for them) issues involving depth in the secondary. Finally, he gives us a read on who to look for on offense, with several playmakers potentially threatening the IU defense.
No matter how tempting it may be, do not text, tweet or otherwise contact a Purdue fan to taunt them about the Boilermakers pending result when the Hoosiers do not play until later that night.
Originally published in the September 7th, 2011 edition of the Pre-Game Meal.
Although the rule originally required only a one night moratorium, we should probably expand it to a week given IU’s supposed MACrifice is on deck .
IU basketball released their schedule last week, so we at CrimsonCast thought it might be a good idea to break down the non-conference portion and see how it looks. Unfortunately, what we see isn’t good, so we end up talking quite a bit about the scheduling philosophy that went into the 2014-15 slate. There are some serious RPI-related problems with the schedule, to the point that it’s actually worse than last year, and takes most of the margin of error out of IU’s drive towards returning to the NCAA tournament. We talk about that, as well as the disappointing nature of the home non-conference slate from a spectator perspective.
Mike Petry hops on the line with Michael Rayome to chat about Indiana’s 28-10 victory over the Indiana State Sycamores.
We talk about how Brian Knorr’s new look Hoosier defense stacked up against the Sycamores at the 3:10 mark. You can hear all about Tevin Coleman’s big day and the (relative) concerns for the passing attack at 15:30. Chatter about the Special Teams struggles starts at 30:50. We round out the discussion by going overtime to play a bit of Hoosier Over/Under.
On this edition of CrimsonCast Rewind, Galen and Scott break down what they saw in the season opener for IU football, and are pretty pleased overall. Discussions focus on the solid nature of the running game and defense, and puzzlement over the outsized fan criticism of the passing game. We also talk about the inclement weather, the new gameday experience, and the things the team will have to work on during the next two weeks before they travel to Bowling Green.
Be sure to listen to CrimsonCast Rewind every Sunday during football weekends this fall, as we break down the latest in IU football news and information.
On this episode of CrimsonCast, Galen sits down on the patio of a local Bloomington establishment with Alex McCarthy of Inside Indiana to talk IU football in anticipation of the start of the 2014 season. Alex gives us the latest scoop from the fall practices and press conferences that the team has held, including updates on injuries and positional battles. We talk in depth about Nate Sudfeld’s assumption of full quarterbacking duties, and what can be reasonably expected from him over the course of the season. We also talk about the depth at WR and RB, and some of the question marks that surround the team on offense. The defense is also addressed, particularly the move to the 3-4 and the uncertainty over how much improvement has been made so far by that unit. We then finish up with general predictions from Alex about this season’s record, as well as Alex’s desire to see the team play a bowl game in a non-traditional location.
Be sure to check out CrimsonCast on Sundays this fall, as we will be resuming our live recap shows breaking down the games. Also, keep your ears open for our new recap show, starring Michael Rayome and others, on Mondays or Tuesdays after game weeks. We’ll have more info for you on those as the season progresses.