Who, Where, and When: Indiana faces off against the North Texas Mean Green at 2:30pm this Saturday in Bloomington. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network; Eric Collins and Chuck Long have the call, with Rebecca Haarlow on the sideline. This is the second meeting between these two teams, with the prior meeting being 2011 at North Texas. It didn't go well for Indiana.
Words about Numbers: Before I get into more Tevin Coleman stats (because there are always more Tevin stats), I want to give some praise to redshirt freshman kicker Griffin Oakes. Presumably taking over the starting kicking job from Aaron Del Grosso, Oakes set an IU school record by nailing a 58 yard field goal against Maryland, and made 2 of his other 3 field goal attempts on the day, earning him Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. Now, as promised, some more Tevin hype. He managed to continue his streak of 100 yard games against Maryland, bringing him up to 6 straight, and his streak of games with a rushing touchdown made it to 13, breaking the IU mark of 12 previously held by Anthony Thompson.
North Texas Fun Facts: Their mascot is named Scrappy the Eagle. They have a Spirit Bell (the original one was made in Michigan, but had to be retired due to developing a crack) that is rung around the field to rally fans. Denton, Texas is where the main UNT campus resides, but there is a second campus in South Dallas.
Notable Mean Green Alumni: Meat Loaf (musician), "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (professional wrestler), Dr. Phil McGraw (psychologist), "Mean" Joe Greene (retired NFL defensive tackle)
Prediction: As ever, the Hoosiers make it extremely hard for me to pick their games, because they can never decide between inconsistent brilliance and inevitable failure. The game is at home, and it's against a non-Power 5 team, which should bode well for IU, but sadly we can never be too sure. I'm still picking Indiana to win 42-17, but the score could be just about anything, with either team winning.
Next Week: Indiana tries to play spoiler at Iowa's homecoming.