ARKANSAS STATE: Five Days and Counting

After back-to-back losses to Michigan and Ohio State, Indiana tries to get back on track Saturday when it faces Sun Belt Conference foe Arkansas State. Hoosier Nation takes its first look at the Red Wolves with five numbers to note about this weekend's Homecoming foe...

24 – or more points scored by Arkansas State in each of its six games this season. While the Red Wolves have struggled to a 2-4 start, they've averaged 26.7 points, 270.2 yards passing and 413.7 yards/game during the first half of the season. They've enjoyed success offensively against the two biggest names on their schedule as well – in a season-opening 52-26 loss to Auburn ASU quarterbacks Ryan Aplin and Philip Butterfield combined to throw for 323 yards, and in 34-24 loss to Louisville two weeks ago ASU piled up 409 yards of total offense. Arkansas State enters the IU match-up ranked 24th nationally in passing offense and 44th in total offense.

230.5 – rushing yards per game yielded by the ASU defense, which ranks 115th nationally. The Red Wolves have allowed three opposing runners to eclipse the 100-yard mark, including one in each of the past two games (Louisville's Bilal Powell – 157 yards; North Texas' Lance Dunbar – 105 yards). That will be a welcomed sight for an Indiana running attack that has dipped to 106th nationally and last in the Big Ten with just 99.2 rushing yards/game. The Hoosiers haven't had a runner reach 100 yards since the season opener when Darius Willis rushed for 102 on 14 carries against Towson.

404.5 – yards of total offense averaged by Michigan's Denard Robinson and Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor in the Hoosiers' first two Big Ten games. After allowing Robinson to go over 200 yards rushing and passing two weeks ago, the IU defense allowed Pryor to establish a new career-best with 334 yards passing in OSU's 38-10 victory. Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin isn't nearly as big of a name as either Robinson or Pryor, but he will present plenty of challenges to the IU defense as well. Aplin enters the game ranked 15th nationally in total offense (296.8 yards/game), which is two spots ahead of IU's Ben Chappell and eight spots ahead of Pryor.

5 – third down conversions for the Indiana offense in its last five quarters of football. The Hoosiers have been a very good team on third down this season, converting 51 percent (34-of-67) overall, which ranks second in the Big Ten to Wisconsin's 52.2 percent success rate. But the last five quarters haven't been as successful, with IU's offense converting only five of 18 third downs. It started in the fourth quarter against Michigan, when the IU offense went 0-for-4 on third downs in the fourth quarter after going 11-for-15 in the first three quarters. The problems continued against Ohio State, as IU 5-for-14 overall, including just 2-of-9 in the first three quarters when the starters were still on the field.

5 – wins for the IU football program in its last six Homecoming contests dating back to the 2004 season. All five of those wins have come against Big Ten foes, with the lone setback being a 36-31 loss to Penn State during the Hoosiers' 2007 Insight Bowl season. That makes Indiana 5-1 in its last six Homecoming games, a statistical anomaly considering Indiana is just 5-37 in its other 42 Big Ten games during that time period. In four of IU's Homecoming victories during the stretch, the win was the Hoosiers' only Big Ten victory of the season (2004, '05, '08 and '09).

Coming Up
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday – Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – Two Big Concerns
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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