Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
That two-week break between games seemed like it was forever right? Well it is back to the regular season as the Hoosiers invade Bowling Green to face the Falcons. If IU wants to start the season 2-0 here are three keys to victory on offense.
1. Get Sudfeld in Rhythm Early- The Hoosiers took what Indiana State gave them in week one, however that led to Nate Sudfeld and his receivers to be a bit out of whack in the passing game. The Falcons will gear up to stop Tevin Coleman and the run so the Hoosiers must get the short passing game early. Sudfeld has also struggled on the road in poor weather, so giving him the opportunity to be successful with quick passes could do wonders for his timing and confidence. Hoosier coaches have also indicated that the bye week helped immensely in fixing the aerial attack. Shane Wynn, Nick Stoner, and Zeke Roundtree must lead the way as seniors in the receiving corps.
2. Score Early- Doyt Perry Stadium will be rocking early as the Hoosiers mark the first Big Ten opponent to play there since 2008. The best way to quiet a rowdy crowd on the road is to put the ball in the end zone early and often. The Hoosiers only scored 28 points in their opener against Indiana State, however they did put up 566 yards of offense. If Indiana can convert yards into points early this pro Falcon crowd will be silenced before long. Tevin Coleman and Shane Wynn provide big play threats that could get the Hoosiers on the board first.
3. Don’t Turn the Ball Over!!!- The Hoosiers had two turnovers in week one that lead to 10 points. With rain in the forecast for Saturday the Tevin Coleman, D’Angelo Roberts and the rest of the Hoosier ball carriers must take extra care and not put the ball on the turf. Nate Sudfeld will also have to limit poor risky throws that could lead to interceptions. Bowling Green has excellent special teams and an opportunistic defense.