Indiana vs. Eastern Illinois fearless prediction and game preview.
Indiana vs. Eastern Illinois Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 7
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
Network: Big Ten Network
Indiana (1-0) vs. Eastern Illinois (0-1) Game Preview
Why Eastern Illinois Will Win
It’s not like Indiana ripped up Ball State.
The passing game was solid, and the ground game had its moments, but the offense was way too mistake-prone, QB Michael Penix threw two picks, and the team struggled to put the Cardinals away.
Eastern Illinois might not have done much in the 24-10 loss to Chattanooga, but it was able to control the clock and the run defense was able to hold up well as it locked down the Mocs. So how did the Panthers lose? They turned the ball over too much.
Clean up the mistakes, go +2 in the turnover margin, and get to Penix and force him to get the ball out of his hands in a hurry – do that, and this turns into a game for at least a half.
Why Indiana Will Win
Penix was terrific considering it was his first shot at the starting gig.
He made a slew of mistakes, and he wasn’t accurate enough, but he threw for 326 yards and connected with his star targets on a slew of bit plays. Ball State wasn’t able to get to him – the O like did its job, and he moved well – and the offense clicked enough to win easier than the 34-24 final score.
The EIU offense stalled too much last week, and now it’s about to have a problem with the Indiana defensive front that was solid at coming up with timely pressure and big plays.
What’s Going To Happen
Week 1 wasn’t all that sharp for the Hoosiers, but with Ohio State up next, here’s where the O really turns it loose.
Penix will take more shots down the field, the running game should be able to get going right away, and Eastern Illinois won’t be able to move enough early on to make this a bit of a breeze for the Hoosiers. It won’t be a total wipeout, but it’ll be used to get Penix more time and sharpen up for what’s coming.
This game is all about giving its new starter some more live looks.
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Indiana vs. Eastern Illinois Prediction, Line
Indiana 45, Eastern Illinois 10
Line: No Line, o/u: No Line
Must See Rating: 1.5
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