Check out the Nebraska vs. Indiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Nebraska (5-0) vs. Indiana (3-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
1978. That’s the last time the two programs played each other in college football – they have yet to hook up since Nebraska joined the Big Ten. The results weren’t pretty with a 69-17 Husker win, but that Nebraska team wasn’t unbeaten when the two played in late September of that year.
This isn’t exactly going to be the right test for Nebraska quite yet, but considering the very quiet 5-0 start doesn’t look all that great now – the Oregon win is no big deal, and there’s a good chance the Huskers have yet to beat a team that’ll be going to a bowl game – blasting away on Indiana would be a nice step.
And – don’t blow this off – Nebraska can be bowl eligible. Last year, it didn’t get its sixth win until going to a bowl game, catching an APR break to get a shot at UCLA.
This year’s team is almost perfectly balanced on offense, while the defense has been surprisingly solid considering all the replacements needed up front. Oregon has come the closest to getting the O going, but Indiana has enough firepower to do even more.
The Hoosiers hold the honor of giving Ohio State its toughest game so far, and it did a nice job of getting by Michigan State in overtime with a good passing offense that’s able to keep up the pace with anything the Huskers are able to do with their attack. But the big key to IU this year – as opposed to anything IU has done over the last several years – is the defense.
The Hoosiers have one.
There’s nothing all that funky happening with the IU D. It’s not flying around into the backfield, and it couldn’t handle J.T. Barrett and the Buckeye running game once they got working last week, but it’s tackling well. However, can Tommy Armstrong learn from what happened in Columbus?
Armstrong isn’t the running quarterback he was as a sophomore, but he can take off when needed and he can be a dangerous option when he gets into the open. This year, he hasn’t exactly carried the Nebraska offense, but he’s been able come through time and again, he’s hitting the deep ball throws occasionally when they’re there, and he’s not turning the ball over.
Indiana is more than good enough to pull this off at home with a strong enough offense to push the rested Nebraska secondary, but the time off will help the Huskers. Armstrong will need to come through in the fourth quarter, and he will. He’ll move the offense when it has to go on the big drives to take over the game.
Nebraska vs. Indiana Prediction
Final Score: Nebraska 31, Indiana 27
Line: Nebraska -3, o/u: 56
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