Indiana vs. Virginia Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Indiana vs. Virginia fearless prediction and game preview.
Indiana (0-1) vs. Virginia (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA
Network: ACC Network
Two improving teams who’ve had issues in their respective Power Five conferences now get to see exactly where they’re at.
Indiana gave Ohio State a hard time for a while, and then Ohio State became Ohio State and the game turned into a rout. Even so, the Hoosiers looked solid enough to be a problem for the rest of the Big Ten this season.
But if they lose to Virginia, all of a sudden, they’re just the Indiana Hoosiers again.
The Cavaliers are trying to improve after a rough first season under Bronco Mendenhall, and while they have the talent and upside to be better, they need to beat an okay Power Fiver at home to show that things are starting to improve.
It’s only the third time the two schools have met, with Virginia winning both meetings in 2009 and 2011.
One Reason Why Virginia Will Win
Virginia might have found something to rely on offensively.
Kurt Benkert completed 27-of-39 passes for 262 yards and three scores in an even performance to keep the production going throughout.
Rolling against a mediocre FCS defense isn’t any big deal, but Virginia didn’t unleash the hounds in a sound, solid game that was just good enough to get by. Being in control from the start is a must.
Against the Hoosiers, the running game isn’t going to fly. It’ll be up to Benkert to control the clock, control the tempo, and to create good drives if and when the IU offense starts to roll like it did against the Buckeyes.
Unlike last year’s offense, Virginia might really have the ability to answer.
One Reason Why Indiana Will Win
Can the Cavalier secondary hold up?
Virginia might have the best safety in college football in Quin Blanding, and he played like it in the opener against William & Mary with 12 tackles as part of a good day from the defensive backs.
Indiana will be able to run the ball better than it did against Ohio State, but the offense will rely on Richard Lagow and the passing game to pull this off.
And after 410 yards and three scores from Lagow, he’ll keep on pushing the ball to Simmie Cobbs and the big Hoosier targets. Virginia has decent corners, but can they hold when Ohio State couldn’t?
What’s Going To Happen
Can Virginia take advantage of turnovers? As good and dangerous as the Indiana offense is, Lagow will give up a few picks and the Hoosiers will screw up from time to time.
Is Benkert really good enough to carry the offense on his shoulders and keep up in a firefight? Not really.
Indiana’s defense is good enough, Lagow will be solid enough, and the Hoosiers will come away with a tight win – overcoming a slew of screw-ups along the way.
Indiana vs. Virginia Prediction
Indiana 27, Virginia 17
Indiana -3, o/u: 56
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