What, When, Where: Indiana plays host to Iowa. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:42 pm CT Saturday, Oct. 23, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, IN.
TV: BTN will carry the game to a national audience with Eric Collins, Derek Rackley and J Lehman calling the action.
Point Spread: As of Monday afternoon, Indiana was a 1-point favorite at the Caesars Vegas. Iowa opened as the favorite. The total was off of the board.
Iowa Trend: Hawkeyes are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games.
Indiana Trend: Hoosiers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Prediction: Some folks jumped on me in the preseason when I picked the Hoosiers in this contest. They began the week as the favorite.
It makes sense considering Indiana's improved play and the performance of Iowa during the last two weeks. The Hawkeyes have been outscored 66-31in a pair of losses.
To be honest, I based my preseason selection on Indiana QB Tre Roberson and the Hawkeyes' propensity to suffer an inexplicable loss in recent seasons. The Hoosier signal caller is out for the season with an injury. I didn't see the loss to Central Michigan coming. In that scenario, I would have felt much better than I do right now.
I'll pick Indiana this Saturday has as much to do with Iowa as it does the Hoosiers. The Hawkeyes should not be a road favorite in the Big Ten right now.
I'm worried for Iowa because Indiana has the type of offense that can score on anyone in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes offense will gave a tough time outscoring anyone right now.
My confidence meter with Iowa went down a tick after last weekend's 28-17 loss at Northwestern. The Hawkeyes once trailed by 24 points.
Probably the most worrisome aspect of that loss was Iowa's helplessness at times. The coaches mixed up defenses and offensive looks more than usual throughout the day. It didn't matter.
Indiana ended a five-game losing streak Saturday with a 31-17 win at Illinois. The Hoosiers lost to Ohio State by three and dropped a 31-27 contest to Michigan State after blowing a big lead.
The Hawkeyes have sustained some key injuries.
All that being said, Iowa can most definitely win this game. The Hoosiers are not a good football team. Therefore, it should be a competitive contest.
In addition to terribly inconsistent play (turnovers, dropped passes, poorly thrown passes, etc.), the Hawkeyes have continually contributed to their own demise. The impact of penalties (personal fouls against CMU, delays against Northwestern, etc.) and blown assignments (blocked punt in Evanston, etc.) cannot be understated.
One would think that some of these things get cleaned up in Week 9. Unfortunately for Iowa, it's been an if-it's-not-one-thing-it's-another type season.
Score: Indiana 27, Iowa 24