11 Days Until The Big Ten

Rutgers University sits 11 days away from Big Ten membership, and ScarletReport.com is here to count down the days in style. A new conference means a significantly different schedule. Rutgers faces new opponents in the conference, but there are plenty of storylines with each opponent. We'll look at all of them, continuing with Indiana.

Rutgers plays eight games within the conference, and that continues with a home game against Indiana.

2014 matchup -- Nov.15 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Kickoff time and TV station to be determined.

Series: -- First Meeting

Last Meeting: -- Nov. 15 marks the first meeting between the teams.


Storylines

How far has Rutgers come in defending the spread? Indiana will be a great test. Teams like Ohio State and Washington State will spread Rutgers and new defensive coordinator Joe Rossi out, but Indiana will be a strong test in how much improvement there has been.

By the time Indiana comes to High Point Solutions Stadium, Rossi and his defense will have had plenty of time to develop, learn the system and scheme. The Hoosiers are no joke offensively, and have many similarities to 2013 Rutgers opponents like SMU and Houston.

Indiana's quarterback rotation was a success last season – Nate Sudfield and Tre Robinson combined for 3,651 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, 423 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Is the Rutgers secondary better? Indiana will be an ideal barometer.

The Hoosiers flipped two Rutgers commits in the 2014 class in cornerback Waynedriko Smith and tight end Jordan Fuchs. Smith did not sign his Letter of Intent, but Fuchs is already enrolled in the program.

With Fuchs and Rutgers defensive tackle Eric Wiafe ahead of the curve in terms of experience, the two New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy teammates could see the field against each other as true freshmen.

Indiana also signed offensive lineman Tim Gardner of Milford. Gardner was once committed to Ohio State and received attention from Rutgers during his time at prep school.

Other familiar names on the Hoosier roster include running backs Myles Graham and Laray Smith. Graham comes from the same high school as Rutgers senior Johnathan Aiken, and Smith held interest from Rutgers out of Staten Island (N.Y.).


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