Five Days And Counting

As Indiana prepares for its Big Ten opener on Saturday in Madison, debuts a day-by-day feature where we take a closer look at the upcoming contest and what some of the keys to success (or failure) will be...

5-13Indiana's record against ranked teams dating back to the 2000 season. One of those wins came against Wisconsin - the Hoosiers rallied from a 19-point, second half deficit Oct. 12, 2002, to upset the 23rd-ranked Badgers at Memorial Stadium. Indiana's other wins vs. ranked teams are: vs. No. 21 Minnesota in 2000 (51-43); at Michigan State in 2001 (37-28); at No. 24 Oregon in 2004 (30-24); and vs. No. 23 Minnesota in 2004 (30-21).

188 – In the spirit of getting ahead of ourselves, if Indiana would spring the upset this weekend in Madison and improve to 4-0, it would have a chance of cracking the AP's Top 25 poll for the first time since the Dec. 6, 1993 poll, when the Hoosiers were ranked No. 21 after finishing the regular season with a 24-17 victory over Purdue to improve to 8-3. That's a stretch of 188 straight AP polls that the Hoosiers have been absent from the nation's top 25 – easily the longest absence of any Big Ten Conference team.

14 – Wisconsin's national ranking in rushing offense, as the Badgers average 239 yards per game. Most of that comes from tailback Brian Calhoun, who ranks third in the nation in rushing individually (156 yards/game) and has carried the ball more times (127) than anyone in the country thus far. Throw out the 11 carries for 44 yards that Calhoun had in a 65-0 blowout win over Temple in week two, and Calhoun is averaging 38.6 carries/game and 193.3 yards/game. That's a big concern for an Indiana team that ranks 104th out of 114 Division I-A teams in rushing defense (217.3 yards/game).

18Blake Powers' national pass efficiency ranking, with a 154.4. Powers is completing 57 percent of his passes for 239.3 yards/game while throwing 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. His 11 touchdown passes, meanwhile, ranks fifth nationally, behind only Arizona State's Sam Keller (16 in four games), Bowling Green's Omar Jacobs (13 in three games), Michigan State's Drew Stanton (13 in four games) and Texas Tech's Cody Hodges (12 in three games). Jacobs lit up the Badgers in a week one, 56-42 Wisconsin win, completing 30-of-51 passes for 458 yards and five touchdowns.

0 – Number of pass completions of 20 yards or more for UW quarterback John Stocco in the last two weeks. In wins over North Carolina (14-5) and Michigan (23-20), Stocco's biggest completions have been for 18 yards. On the season, Wisconsin eight completions of 20 or more yards (three of those have been throws to running backs), and only one completion of 30 yards or more (a 39-yarder to Calhoun out of the backfield).

What's coming up:
On Tuesday - Four Key Matchups
On Wednesday – Three Big Concerns
On Thursday – Two Things IU Must Do to Win
On Friday – One Bold Prediction Top Stories