The Hoosiers have a pair of relatively easy wins and a bye week in their rear-view mirror, and three consecutive top-25 matchups (Michigan State, Ohio State, Nebraska) directly in front of them.
The only thing in the way? The 3-0 Wake Forest Demon Deacons, who visit Bloomington for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday.
The Deacs have suffered through a rash of minor injuries, but appear to be getting back to full strength except for the loss of quarterback Kendall Hinton and running back Cade Carney.
The Hoosiers lost top wide receiver Sammie Cobbs Jr. to season-ending ankle surgery this week, and could be down their All-American right guard, Dan Feeney, who’s going through concussion protocol.
Here’s five Indiana Hoosiers to watch Saturday afternoon.
Richard Lagow - Redshirt junior Quarterback - 6-foot-6, 237 pounds
Lagow enrolled at IU in the spring as a junior college transfer, where he was considered the top pocket-passer JuCo by ESPN. He threw for 2,285 yards and 21 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 2015 as Cisco Community College (Texas).
He’s thrown for more than 500 yards combined in his first two starts with the Hoosiers, and has strong and accurate arm. His 6-foot-6 frame enables him to see over the front seven and deep into the secondary. He runs the Hoosier offense effectively, and they try to push the pace often.
Last year vs. Wake: NA
Devine Redding - Junior Running Back - 5-foot-10, 208 pounds
Redding was one of two 1,000 yard rushers for the Hoosiers last season and has an active five-game streak of 100 yard games. He finished fifth in the Big Ten in rushing yards, and went for 227 yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Duke.
Running behind an experienced offensive line, Redding is good at finding seams and attacking between the tackles. He’s rushed for 245 yards so far in 2016 in wins over Florida International and Ball State.
Last year vs. Wake: 10 rushes for 48 yards, and one reception for 14 yards. (Teammate Jordan Howard, now with the Chicago Bears, ran for 170 yards and a touchdown)
Nick Westbrook - Sophomore Wide Receiver - 6-foot-3, 215 pounds
Thought Westbrook caught just six passes in 13 games played last season, he’s been Lagow’s go-to guy early this season, especially after Cobbs went down early in the Ball State game two weeks ago.
Westbrook has led the Hoosiers in receptions and receiving yards after their first two contests, with nine catches for 203 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Last year vs. Wake: 0
Demitric Camiel - Redshirt Senior Offensive Line - 6-foot-7, 315 pounds
If Feeney misses the game Saturday, Camiel becomes the most experienced offensive lineman, after starting all 13 games last season as part of a highly-touted group up front.
The 2015 Indiana offensive line gave up just 15 sacks all year, and helped the Hoosiers finish the season No. 1 in offense in the Big Ten.
Marcus Oliver - Redshirt Junior Linebacker - 6-foot-1, 240 pounds
Leads what the Hoosiers believe will be a disruptive defense, Oliver contributed a team-high 112 tackles last season and forced four fumbles.
He’s tops on the team so far this season with 13 tackles with one TFL
Last year vs. Wake: Seven tackles and one sack