Normally, every Monday morning at 9 a.m. at AllHoosiers.com will have our Monday Morning Quarterback feature. Today, however, since Indiana didn’t play on Saturday, I’ll go with what I will call First Take to take a quick first look at Saturday’s opponent, Bowling Green.
The rest of the week we will try to have our regular daily features.
Tuesday is On the Mend, a look at any injuries plaguing the Hoosiers.
Wednesday is How They Fared, a look at how IU football commits did in their high school games last weekend.
Thursday is Scouting the Opponent, where we do a Five Questions Q&A with the opposing beat writer.
Friday is our staff predictions day where we encourage you to weigh in with your opinions, too.
Today, we’ll have a quick first look at Bowling Green, IU’s opponent this Saturday at 12 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ohio. AllHoosiers.com will have three staff members on hand to cover the Bowling Green game.
The Falcons are 1-1, after losing 59-31 to Western Kentucky in the opener and coming back to beat FCS opponent Virginia Military Institute, 48-7 on Saturday.
Here are three early story lines to follow this week:
The loss to Western Kentucky was troubling:
It wasn’t just that Western Kentucky beat Bowling Green in the opener, it was how it beat the Falcons. Western Kentucky put up 702 yards of offense including 569 yards passing. It was an epic beat down.
Making it even more concerning, though, is the fact that Western Kentucky then played Illinois last Saturday and the Illini rallied in the fourth quarter for a 42-34 victory. In that one, Western Kentucky managed 400 yards of offense including 297 in the air.
The interesting thing from an Indiana standpoint is that Nate Sudfeld and IU’s passing game never got untracked in the season-opening win over Indiana State and now it faces a team that is susceptible through the air. So will this be the bounce back game that Sudfeld and company are looking for? If Sudfeld cannot have a big day against a team that gave up 569 yards passing to anyone for that matter, then I think the red flags will be waving with the IU offense after two weeks.
Bowling Green has an Indiana quarterback:
Bowling Green lost its starting quarterback after the first game when Matt Johnson went down with a right hip injury against Western Kentucky. He finished that game but afterwards it was determined that he would be lost for the season.
The next man up is redshirt sophomore James Knapke, who won three state championships while the quarterback at Bishop Luers in Fort Wayne.
In his first action last week against VMI, Knapke competed 22-of-31 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He also had a rushing TD. His passing touchdown was a 51-yard deep ball to Roger Lewis down the sideline.
You can bet that Knapke will be looking forward to playing against a team from his home state.
A quick look back: Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10:
In game 3 last season, in Bloomington, Indiana beat Bowling Green 42-10.
Sudfeld was 17-of-26 passing for 335 yards and two touchdowns, one to Kofi Hughes and the other to Cody Latimer.
Indiana had 601 yards of offense.
Those would seem to be good numbers for Indiana considering both Sudfeld and Coleman are back this season. You can bet those two players in particular are looking forward to Saturday’s second game of the year.