Every Friday in this space at 9 a.m. we will put on our prognosticator hats and try to project how Indiana will fare in football on that particular game.
Prior to the first one, the six members of our staff (not surprisingly) all successfully picked that Indiana would beat Indiana State.
In terms of the actual point spreads, here is how our staff picked the final outcome for the opener:
Terry Hutchens picked IU would win by 35 (48-13).
Justin Albers picked IU would win by 42 (63-21).
Sarah Beeson picked IU would win by 29 (52-23).
Ben Faunce picked IU would win by 33 (49-16).
Stuart Jackson picked IU would win by 39 (49-10).
Sam Rumpza picked IU would win by 42 (59-17).
The final score was Indiana 28, Indiana State 10.
So all six of our staffers are 1-0 but Beeson takes home the first weekly award for being closest to the final scoring spread.
The time has come for our second game of predictions for Saturday’s 12 p.m. ET kickoff at Bowling Green.
Last year there had been a lot of build up about Bowling Green’s defense before the Falcons came to Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. The Hoosiers had little trouble that day though. IU piled up 601 yards of total offense in 42-10 rout of Bowling Green.
This year the Hoosiers face a Bowling Green team was completely dismantled in the opener by Western Kentucky in a 59-31 loss. The Falcons are 1-1 but in two games they have given up 890 yards passing and allowed quarterbacks to complete 68.5 percent of their passes.
For me, that adds up to a big day for Nate Sudfeld and company. Because it’s on the road, and the MAC has been a formidable conference this season, I’m going to go with a final score prediction of Indiana 38, Bowling Green 17.
So that’ s my thought. What do you think? We’re going to open a thread on the premium board for your picks.
You have my pick. Here are the predictions from the AllHoosiers.com staff.
Indiana 48, Bowling Green 24:The line on this game is still in the single digits, but it shouldn't be. Indiana is the far superior team, and we will see that on Saturday. Nate Sudfeld will have a huge day against a poor Bowling Green pass defense, and the Hoosiers will roll into Missouri with a 2-0 record.
Indiana 35, Bowling Green 17: Fans will see a different side of the Indiana offense this weekend, as Nate Sudfeld will throw for more passing yards instead of rushing. The defense will be effective against Bowling Green's new starting quarterback, James Knapke, allowing them to figure out some of the issues they saw in Week 1.
Indiana 35, Bowling Green 17: Nate Sudfeld will bounce back from a mediocre first outing, looking to get the ball in Shane Wynn’s hands as much as possible. Nick Stoner is primed for a breakout game, and I think it comes against Bowling Green. Tevin Coleman will pick up where he left off in the opener and produce another 100-yard performance, and the balanced offensive attack will score five touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Indiana will continue to show progress, especially in the open field. It’s important to boost the defense’s confidence Saturday with the Missouri game on deck, and I think they will build off a solid week one performance and show they are an improved unit.
Indiana 35, Bowling Green 7: IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld throws for 300 yards and four touchdowns against a Bowling Green defense that has allowed 890 yards and six touchdowns through the air through its first two games. Running back Tevin Coleman adds 125 yards and a touchdown to complement the passing game. It's stiffer competition than Indiana State, but another easy win nonetheless for the Hoosiers.
Indiana 45, Bowling Green 30: Nate Sudfeld will have a field day picking apart a Bowling Green defense that has given up 890 passing yards in two games. In addition, the Falcons’ defense is hampered by injuries, and IU will take full advantage on offense. After last year’s frustrating blowout loss at IU, Bowling Green keeps it respectable in their first home game versus a Power Five opponent since 2008.