CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Five Days and Counting

Indiana ended its five-game losing streak with Saturday's win over Northwestern, and now it will look to get a win streak underway as it takes on Central Michigan (6-2/5-0 MAC). HoosierNation.com kicks off its day-by-day preview of this weekend's match-up with "Five Numbers to Note" about the contest…

6 – straight games for Central Michigan that have been decided by 10 points or less. The Chippewas are 5-1 in these games, with the only loss being a 32-25 loss to Purdue that wasn't settled until Boilermaker tailback Kory Sheets broke free for a 46-yard touchdown run with 1:00 remaining. Coach Butch Jones' team is a perfect 5-0 in the MAC, with all of those wins coming by 10 or less. That includes a one-point win at Toledo last week, a two-point win over Buffalo and a three-point win at Ohio. Central Michigan currently leads the MAC's West Division by ½ game, but it still has two huge tests coming up against Ball State (8-0/4-0) and Northern Illinois (5-3/4-1).

2 - former IU recruiting targets who have played a role for the Chippewas this fall. Tailback Bryan Schroeder from North Harrison H.S. and cornerback Lavarus Williams from Ben Davis H.S. have both made contributions as true freshmen. Schroeder didn't play in the season's first five games, but has emerged as the second-string tailback in the last three games and has totaled 43 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns. That includes a 25-carry, 106-yard, 2-touchdown effort in the 38-28 win over Western Michigan two weeks ago. Williams, meanwhile, played in the season's first four games, highlighted by a nine-tackle, one-interception effort against Purdue. But Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury and won't return until next season. Williams was a high school teammate of IU freshman wide receiver Tandon Doss.

279.5 – passing yards/game that the Chippewa defense has surrendered this season, ranking them 115th out of 119 Division I-A schools. Opposing teams have completed 178-of-274 throws for 2,236 yards, including 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions. All but one of Central Michigan's foes have amassed at least 200 yards passing in their games (Temple is the exception), and a couple of quarterbacks had monstrous games against Coach Butch Jones' secondary. Ohio's Boo Jackson was 17-of-31 for 365 yards and three touchdowns in CMU's 31-28 win, while Western Michigan's Tim Hiller was 38-of-53 for 471 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort. The loss of Lavarus Williams hasn't helped the situation in the secondary, and either Ben Chappell or Kellen Lewis should have a chance to put up huge numbers Saturday.

24.4 – yards/punt return for Antonio Brown, which ranks first nationally. The 5-10, 179-pound sophomore has 11 returns for 268 yards, including a 75-yard return for a touchdown against Ohio. Brown is also the team's primary kickoff return specialist as well and is averaging 22.0 yards on 23 returns. Of course, special teams isn't the only area where Brown has a chance to hurt IU. Brown is the Chippewas' leading receiver with 53 catches for 485 yards and two touchdowns. As a freshman he earned freshman All-America honors after catching a school-record 102 passes, ranking him 10th nationally in receptions/game (7.3). He's dipped to 6.6 receptions/game this season, but that's still good enough for 19th nationally.

3 – wins for Indiana football teams in the month of November dating back to 2002. The final month of the regular season hasn't been kind to the Hoosiers in the last six years, as they are just 3-17 during that time span. Two of those wins came last season, when IU topped Ball State 38-20 on Nov. 3 to become bowl eligible, and then secured a bowl berth with its 27-24 win over Purdue Nov. 17. Indiana's only other November win came in 2003, when it topped Illinois 17-14 at IU's Memorial Stadium.

What's coming up:
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – Two Big Concerns
On Friday – One Bold Prediction


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