Every Friday in this space we will put on our prognosticator hats and try to project how Indiana will fare in football in the next day’s game.
So how do you think Indiana will fare this week against Rutgers?
It’s just so difficult right now to wrap your arms around the possibility that Indiana is going to win another game this season.
If quarterback play continues like it has the last three games against Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State, it is just so difficult for a player like Tevin Coleman who have a break out game. Opposing defenses have basically dared Zander Diamont to find a way to beat them and that hasn’t happened.
Myself, I would love to be surprised when Indiana takes the field Saturday at Rutgers to see the Hoosiers pull of a victory. But it’s tough for me to predict. IU has only won one Big Ten road game under Kevin Wilson in his four seasons in Bloomington and it’s hard to imagine Diamont going on the road and pulling off that feat.
With that in mind, I’m going to go with the following prediction:
My pick: Rutgers 31, Indiana 17
So that’ s my thought. What do you think? We’re going to open a thread on the premium and free boards for your picks.
You have my pick. Here are the predictions from the AllHoosiers.com staff.
Rutgers 20, Indiana 16: I'd love to pick Indiana in this one, but I just can't find a good reason to do so. I haven't seen anything good out of IU's offense in weeks, and I just don't believe Alexander Diamont can go on the road and get a win in the Big Ten, even against Rutgers.
Indiana 17, Rutgers 13: I'm finally giving Indiana the benefit of the doubt and having a little faith. Zander Diamont, who has preached the last two weeks that he feels more comfortable, still needs to prove that, in my opinion. If defense plays how they played last week against Penn State and Tevin Coleman makes a few big plays, I really do think Indiana can pull off this road win. Hopefully, Diamont will show further improvements, as well, especially in the passing game. Mind you, some of the struggles on offense last week were not just on the QB. The wide receivers as a whole need to complete crucial plays to give the Hoosiers a better chance of winning. As much as I think it's a long shot, if Indiana can make a few big plays, and stop Rutgers from capitalizing on too many, they could leave Piscataway with the W.
Rutgers 17, Indiana 14: While the Indiana defense has been impressive as of late, the offense is still struggling to put points on the board. After not being able to convert an offensive score against Penn State, freshman quarterback Zander Diamont will be out to prove himself on Saturday. While two touchdowns doesn't get IU the victory, it shows a bit of improvement. I like Tevin Coleman to go wild on the Rutgers defense, as he tries to get back on pace to break Vaughn Dunbar's single-season rushing record. In the end, Indiana's offense won't be able to get a fourth quarter score, and the Scarlet Knights will claim a close victory.
Rutgers 20, Indiana 3: The Indiana offense will face a Rutgers defense that ranks 11th in pass defense and 12th in rush defense in the Big Ten. However, I'm still not entirely confident the Hoosier offense will produce enough to win this game. The only bright spot offensively is the potential for junior running back Tevin Coleman to have a big day on the ground against the Scarlet Knights. IU's defense has improved a bit late in the season, but with an anemic offense struggling to reward the defense for its efforts, I have a hard time picking the Hoosiers to win. IU will only manage to score a field goal because of its one-dimensional offense as Rutgers comes away with its 4th home victory of the season.Five reasons to stick with IU football
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