Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The Indiana Hoosiers will hit the road for the first time in 2014 when they travel to Doyt Perry Stadium, home of the Bowling Green Falcons. The Hoosiers have had their road woes recently. Their last victory came when they knocked off Illinois in late October of 2012. In 2013, Indiana went 0-4 on the road and lost by an average score of 49.5 to 23.
While the Doyt is not a Big Ten venue, MAC schools can be pretty rowdy when a Power 5 team comes to play. Indiana has experienced this situation before as they have played road games against the MAC in 2005, ’06, ’07, and ’09. D’Angelo Roberts, who has played at some of the most hostile environments in the country, had this to say about the crowds to young Hoosier players in an interview with IUHoosiers.com. “You have been playing football your whole life, the crowd really doesn’t matter to you. As far as it goes, you really shouldn’t pay attention to anything but your brothers on the field with you.” That’s easier said then done, but the Hoosiers need veterans like Roberts, Shane Wynn, David Cooper, and Mark Murphy to keep the blinders on the young Hoosiers who will be making their first road trip.
One of the issues that plagued the Hoosiers last season on the road was the play of quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld was not sharp in his four road starts, people can blame it on being young and inexperienced or the fact that the weather was dreadful in three out of the four games. The weather for Bowling Green, OH on Saturday is not ideal as the forecast calls for cool temperatures and a 60 percent chance of rain. Hopefully for the Hoosiers, Sudfeld has learned from the past and can string together a good performance and use it as a springboard for the rest of the season. IU needs him to be a rock on the road as they play six games away from Bloomington this year.