Three Keys to the Game: Iowa

Indiana travels to Iowa for a noon kick on Saturday. Here are three keys for the Hoosiers.

For every Indiana game this season we will have a Three Keys to the Game feature. Here is the one for Saturday’s game with Iowa.

1. GET AN EARLY LEAD: In the last two seasons, Indiana is 8-2 when it scores first and 0-7 in games when it doesn't. If the Hoosiers are to earn another road win at Iowa, it's important that they gain some early confidence and score early. When they won at Missouri, they scored first. The Hoosiers must repeat that formula on Saturday. If they fall behind early, the Iowa defense will have an opportunity to pin its ears back and take more chances.

2. STOP THE RUN: Iowa doesn't have a great running game, but the Hoosiers have had some trouble defending the run in the past. The running game opens up the pass, so it's important for Indiana to shut down the run from the start. In its home loss to Maryland, Indiana allowed the Terrapins to get into manageable second and third-down situations because of the run. That can't happen against Iowa on Saturday. Make the Hawkeyes throw the ball, and then put pressure on the quarterback.

3. GET SUDFELD INTO A RHYTHM: Tevin Coleman has been a consistent factor for the Hoosiers on the offensive side of the ball, but the passing game has been up and down through the first five games. On Saturday, Indiana needs to make sure quarterback Nate Sudfeld develops a rhythm early in the game. That doesn't mean going away from the run with Coleman, but it's important for Sudfeld to get some easy completions in the first quarter to feel good about himself and the passing game late in the game.

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