Who, When, and Where: The Hoosiers (1-0) head to Bowling Green, Ohio to take on the Bowling Green State University Falcons (1-1). Yet again, a noon eastern kickoff is in order, and it's on
a different ESPN channel that only half the country probably gets on a good day ESPNU. Mark Neely and David Diaz-Infante have the call. In the only other meeting between the teams last year, Indiana trounced Bowling Green 42-10.
Magnificent Milestones: Against Indiana State, the Hoosiers' defense only gave up 170 total yards to the Sycamores, the fewest given up in 6 years. Defensive lineman Bobby Richardson also recorded 3 sacks, tied for first in the nation after week 1, and 5th most in a single game in Indiana history. Tevin Coleman's 247 rushing yards set a Memorial Stadium record, helped the Hoosiers to a team Memorial Stadium record (455), and ranks 5th all time among Hoosier runners. Nate Sudfeld is also near the top of all-time completion percentage by a Hoosier QB, trailing only Ben Chappell by a few percentage points.
Fun/Weird Fact about Bowling Green: There is a group of 6 students (2 each of sophomores, juniors, and seniors) at Bowling Green that wear gray overalls and masks of famous pop culture and political figures to major BGSU sporting events and other school spirit activities. Their identities remain unknown until finally being revealed at the last basketball game of their senior years'. This has been a tradition at Bowling Green since 1946.
Notable BGSU Alumni: Judson Laipply (the Evolution of Dance guy), Orel Hershiser (former MLB pitcher and current ESPN analyst), Jim Joyce (MLB Umpire), and Mike Emrick (play-by-play for NHL on NBC)
Prediction: It's hard to really have a strong idea of what Indiana will do this game, as their defense against Indiana State was much improved, but the offense appeared to be out of sync. Bowling Green will likely generate some offense and a decent amount of points, as they've broken 30 in both of their prior games this year, but their defense is wildly inconsistent in a way reminiscent of IU in years past (gave up 7 to VMI, gave up 59 to WKU). I'd like to see Indiana come out of their semi-funk on offense, but keep up the solid defense and maybe turn a corner for the first time in years on that side of the ball. Give me IU 31-21.
Next game: Road tripping to Mizzou on September 20th for a 4pm Eastern time kickoff on the ESS EEE CEE network, PAWWWWWWWWLLLLLL!