Daily Feature: Prediction Time

Is this the week that the Indiana football team breaks out of its funk or does the Mean Green come in and put a number on the Hoosiers? It's time for our weekly staff predictions for Saturday's IU football game. There will be a thread on both the premium and free boards to talk about what you think will happen.

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.

Admittedly, prognostication has not been the strong suit of this staff in the early going this season. Thanks to Indiana State, everyone got an early pick right. Since then, most of us have been 0-3. Sarah Beeson is our prediction leader at 2-2 as she picked that Maryland would beat Indiana last week.

And so we move on to North Texas.

The Mean Green is an interesting opponent because the team was actually a bowl team last year beating UNLV 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

This year North Texas is 2-2 but it appears that three games into the season has found its quarterback in redshirt freshman Dajon Williams, a dual threat QB that could potentially give IU some problems. It’s kind of hard to take much from UNT’s 77-0 win over Nicholls State because of the level of the opponent and the other games were a mixed bag as well.

The one thing we do know about this program is that three years ago, Indiana went to North Texas and came away on the short end of a 24-21 defeat. So at the very least, from a program standpoint, you have to feel like the Mean Green will come to Bloomington Saturday expecting to be competitive. Where it goes from there is difficult to know.

The biggest challenge for Indiana, it seems, is taking care of its own business. The passing game that we had seen from Nate Sudfeld in the past has not really materialized to date. The running game has been very good but IU has not been two-dimensional enough.

Myself, I think all of that will change on Saturday and Indiana will have both phases of its offense in play for one of the first times this season.

While a lot of people are expecting another close IU game, I’m thinking the opposite. I think Indiana wins big on Saturday. My pick: Indiana 42, North Texas 14.

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.

Justin Albers

Indiana 31, North Texas 17:

Indiana will bounce back after a poor performance last week against Maryland, but it won't be a lopsided win. North Texas is a team that can and will compete with the Hoosiers for two or three quarters, but IU's offensive talent will win out when the game gets to its late stages.

Stuart Jackson

North Texas 34, Indiana 24:

One week after a poor performance by its offense, Indiana faces a North Texas defense ranked 17th in the nation in total defense. This could be the a chance for Nate Sudfeld to finally bounce back and have a vintage game, though, with the Mean Green giving up 220.5 passing yards per game. IU's defense will be challenged once again this week attempting to defend against a North Texas backfield that averages 188 rushing yards per game. It's up the offense to carry the Hoosiers in this game, and after struggling to move the ball last week, I'm not so confident it can do so this week.

Ben Faunce

Indiana 27, North Texas 21:North Texas is a better team than the average fan might be aware. They have a good defense, which could make things difficult for IU early. However, I think this is the week the offense is able to get things rolling a little bit. QB Nate Sudfeld will finally be able to get the ball to Shane Wynn throughout the game, and I think he connects on a couple of deep balls on Saturday. North Texas will try to pack the box in order to stop RB Tevin Coleman, so, much like the Maryland game, getting Sudfeld and his receivers on the same page will be the deciding factor. North Texas hasn't played a close game this season, so IU will use the experience from its win at Missouri to pull out this one.

Sarah Beeson

Indiana 32, North Texas 21:

After coming off a loss at home in their Big Ten opener, Indiana will bounce back in its last non-conference matchup of the 2014 season. Similar to Maryland's defensive tactic, you can expect North Texas to pack the box to try and hold off Indiana's running game and Tevin Coleman, giving Nate Sudfeld the opportunity to focus on the passing game. North Texas has only allowed one team so far this season to rush over 100 yards, whereas Indiana has rushed for over 200 yards in every game this season. The Indiana defense will also need to pack the box to stop the North Texas run game, as they are ranked fifth in the C-USA and have struggled in the air, despite redshirt freshman Dajon Williams' performance last weekend versus Nicholls.

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