Who, Where, When: The Hoosiers host WKU in a mid-afternoon tilt this Saturday. Kickoff is at 4pm on ESPNews, with Mike Corey and Rene Ingoglia on the call. Indiana holds the 2-0 advantage over Western Kentucky, having won at home in 2008 and at WKU in 2010. The Hilltoppers come into the game undefeated, having beaten Vanderbilt 14-12 and Louisiana Tech 41-38.
Numbers of Note: 2-0, Indiana's record after two games for the first time since 2012. Yeah, it's pretty depressing. 517.0, the number of yards Indiana's offense is averaging per game so far, tops in the conference. 96, the number of yards covered during Jameel Cook, Jr.'s game clinching interception against FIU, tied for the 4th longest in Indiana history. 11, the number of true freshman Indiana has already put on the field this year. Remember, we've played 2 games. 8, the number worn by linebacker Tegray Scales, who is expected to take the field for the first time in 2015 this week following his two game suspension.
Fun Facts about Western Kentucky: The WKU campus is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which is not where MAC school Bowling Green is located (that one's in Ohio). Before their transition to FBS football in 2006, WKU won the 2002 FCS National Championship. Finally, in 2007, WKU opened the first (and so far, only) Honors College in Kentucky. I'll let you make your own jokes related to that.
Notable WKU Alumni: Clem Haskins (former NBA player and former Minnesota basketball coach), Kenny Perry (professional golfer), Rod Smart (former professional football player best known as "He Hate Me"), Duncan Hines (namesake of the bakery products company), Larry Elmore (artist in the fantasy genre, has illustrated cards for Magic: the Gathering among other games)
Prediction: Somehow, this has been one of the better Indiana teams in recent memory. They struggled to beat an FCS team, they trailed a lot against a Conference USA opponent last week, and yet they've managed to hang on. This week, with another C-USA opponent coming into Bloomington, just about anything is possible. Heck, I'll even be at the game, so the chaos factor is about as high as it may ever be. There's certainly a chance we might have a let down, but we've had enough letdowns to last any other school a lifetime and then some. This week, we take care of business like a Big Ten team should. IU 49 - WKU 21.
Next Week: Indiana goes on the road for the first time this season, taking a trip to Wake Forest to close out non-conference play.