Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Saturday is fast approaching and the Hoosiers return to Big Ten play as they travel to Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes. The Hoosiers climbed back over the .500-mark with a win last week against North Texas. Can the Hoosiers continue the upward trend? Here are three keys to victory for the Indiana offense.
1. Score First- The Hoosiers are 3-0 this season when scoring first, while Iowa has fallen behind early in four out of five of their games winning all four of those games. The Indiana offense is definitely more explosive and has the potential to put up some points on this Iowa team. It is homecoming in Iowa City and there is a stripe out at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes are right smack in the middle of the divison race, so the crowd should be roaring early. An early score will be a message from Indiana that we mean business and could lead to a long day for the black and gold.
2. Pour it On- Iowa has come back to in each of their four wins. In three of those wins they were down by 10 points. Therefore it is imperative that if they Hoosiers do jump out in front that they continue to build a lead and put Iowa away. Iowa is a hard team to put away and their mental toughness allows them to stay in games that they have no business being in. The Hoosiers cannot have a half like the first half last week, where they raced out to a lead in the first stanza and then went cold in the second quarter. Indiana knows first hand what Iowa can do at home and that they are never out of a game.
3. Lean on The Rock- Who would have thought that Indiana would ever have a better running game than the Iowa Hawkeyes? Tevin Coleman is one of the best backs in the country and while Indiana needs to throw the ball to loosen up this Hawkeye defense, the IU offense needs to ride their best play to victory. Running the ball with Coleman gives the Hoosiers two advantages. First, it keeps the clock running and shortens the game and two, he has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. If they pound the ball enough Coleman will likely break a few big runs. It also helps the Hoosiers that they have D’Angelo Roberts and Devine Redding, two very capable back-ups ready to give Coleman a breather if necessary.