Happy Homecoming! Your Hoosiers are locked in a nationally televised match up with a powerful team in Michigan State. How will they fare? Your CrimsonCast crew has weighed in below.
Mike Petry: IU leads early but can’t sustain it. tMSU 38 Indiana 17
Scott Caufield: This weekend is not going to be pretty. I think we see MSU win 48 – 17, with most of our points coming in garbage time.
I will also put a over/under of 500 of the number of people in the student section with 5 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. I will also take the under.
This MSU team isn’t unbeatable – they’re ranked 27th in FEI+ both offensively and defensively. The Hoosiers have, individually, faced better teams on both sides of the ball. However, they’re not weak in any particular area, and are generally just solid.
Don’t believe the narrative that this MSU team is just a defense – they’re actually a top ten passing offense nationwide. They can sling it.
Still, their defense is remarkable. It’s the sixth best rushing D in the country according to S&P+ (Football Outsiders). I’m afraid that this is the week Coleman’s 100 yard rushing streak comes to an end with an inefficient but solid 80 yard, 1 TD day.
This one’s likely to get out of hand early. MSU 42 – Indiana 20. Just hopeful that Zander shows some promise – this team can still win some games, but this won’t be one of them.