Every week 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 in the Old Oaken Bucket game?
As has often been the case in recent years, it’s a matchup of two teams playing for pride. Both teams are 3-8 and have had frustrating results for different reasons. IU has never been able to regroup since it lost quarterback Nate Sudfelt for the season, and Purdue simply hasn’t take then step that Boiler fans were hoping the team could take.
So how will this one play out?
I expect it to be a high-scoring affair with both teams scoring more than 20 points. I would give Purdue the edge at the quarterback spot and IU the advantage at the running back position.
It will likely come down to which defense can be more productive and that hasn’t been a word that has been used on a consistent basis with either team this fall.
Still, my belief is that Indiana will have too much Tevin Coleman for the Boilermakers on Saturday, and for a rare time will hang on to the Bucket for a second season in a row. I don’t think that has happened in 20 years.
My prediction: Indiana 31, Purdue 22
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.
Justin Albers went with the short and sweet prediction this week.
Indiana 45, Purdue 34. Tevin Coleman has a huge game in his final outing as a Hoosier, and IU rolls over rival Purdue.
Indiana 27, Purdue 17: I'm giving Indiana one more chance. The Indiana offense, that has struggled ever since Zander Diamont stepped in, showed up last week against a great Ohio State defense. They even scared the Buckeyes for a half there and stayed in the game. Now, in-state rival Purdue comes to Bloomington. If the offense can play how they did last week, and the defense continues to play strong, there's no reason IU shouldn't take home the Bucket.
Indiana 24, Purdue 10: All that Indiana has left to play for this season is the Old Oaken Bucket. I expect a big day from Tevin Coleman - at least 200 yards rushing - in what will likely be his final game as a Hoosier. Saturday's game will also be a good opportunity for Zander Diamont to show improvement. This won't be a high scoring game, but I think the Hoosiers defeat the Boilermakers at home to keep the Bucket in Bloomington.
Indiana 30, Purdue 14: The Boilermaker defense has been awful this season, only holding Illinois and Southern Illinois to under 30 points. Indiana should be able to move the ball well, and I see Tevin Coleman going off for another 200-yard performance in what will likely be his final game in crimson and cream. Defensively, the Hoosiers have been solid, but there is definitely still room for improvement. With an opportunity to finish the season on a good note, I think the IU defense will have a chip on its shoulder and dominate with intensity from seniors like Bobby Richardson, Mark Murphy and David Cooper.A New Bucket Tradition
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