Hoosier Huddle's Old Oaken Bucket Game Day Primer

Hoosier Huddle's Old Oaken Bucket Game Day Primer

Written by T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Week Thirteen Primer – Purdue Boilermakers

What: Indiana Hoosiers (5-6) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (5-6)

Where: Memorial Stadium

When: Saturday, November 24 at Noon

How to Watch: The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. You can also listen to the legendary Don Fischer on the radio on any IU Radio Network station.

What’s at Stake: The stakes could hardly be bigger as both teams are sitting at 5-6, needing one victory to reach bowl eligibility. In addition, the rivalry between the two schools has heated up recently as the pair have clashed over recruits and Purdue seized the Old Oaken Bucket back a season ago after a few years of Indiana dominance. Tom Allen is 0-1 against Jeff Brohm after last season’s disappointing contest in West Lafayette. Is this Jeff Brohm’s last game as Purdue’s head coach? Can the Hoosiers take the Bucket back and reach their first bowl game of the Tom Allen era?

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For the Hoosiers, a Win Over Purdue Would Mean More Than Just the Old Oaken Bucket

For the Hoosiers, a Win Over Purdue Would Mean More Than Just the Old Oaken Bucket

Written by Nathan Comp

“It burns. It stings. It’s gut-wrenching,” said defensive line coach Mark Hagen.

“There’s no worse feeling than that,” said offensive lineman Wes Martin.

“When you have it, you take it for granted. When you lose it, you realize how special it really was and really is,” added Coach Tom Allen.

They’re not discussing “the one that got away.” Although, they are. It’s just not “the one” that you would expect.

“The one” is The Old Oaken Bucket. And last year, coming into the game just one win shy of a third straight bowl, Indiana left West Lafayette disappointed. Bowl-less, Bucket-less, and forced to spend December at home.

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Bucket Week Matchup to Watch: Indiana's Defense vs. Rondale Moore

Bucket Week Matchup to Watch: Indiana's Defense vs. Rondale Moore

This is the game. The game that determines which team will go to a bowl game and which team will be at home for the month of December. The same exact situation that the Hoosiers and Boilermakers were in just a year ago, both teams just one win away from bowl eligibility. Not only is this for bowl eligibility, but it is also for the Old Oaken Bucket, which is given to the winner of the match-up each year.

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Week 12 Game Day Primer: Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Wolverines

Week 12 Game Day Primer: Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Wolverines

Written by T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

What: Indiana Hoosiers (5-5) at Michigan Wolverines (9-1)

Where: Michigan Stadium

When: Saturday, November 17 at 4:00

How to Watch: The game will be broadcast on FOX. You can also listen to the legendary Don Fischer on the radio on any IU Radio Network station.

What’s at Stake: The Michigan Wolverines have a whole lot at stake as they enter this game at 9-1 and in control of their College Playoff Football destiny. They know that if they can beat Indiana, win in Columbus against archrival Ohio State (and complete their Revenge Tour) and then beat Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game, they will be in the College Football Playoff and have a shot at the National Championship. In addition, Saturday is Senior Day and a number of high-profile players will play in Michigan Stadium for the final time. Indiana is sitting at 5-5 after a dramatic victory over Maryland. This game represents one of two chances to earn bowl eligibility. IU has not won at Michigan since the 1960s so the much more realistic opportunity comes next Saturday in the Old Oaken Bucket game.

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Week 12 Matchup to Watch: Indiana's Offense vs. Michigan's Defense

Week 12 Matchup to Watch: Indiana's Offense vs. Michigan's Defense

Written by Rylie Kyhn

Indiana has two remaining games in the regular season and they need one more win to become bowl eligible. This weekend is going to be one of the toughest matchups they have had all season because of how well rounded Michigan is this year. They are ranked fourth in the country however, in the last few years, the competition between the two teams has been good and Indiana has put up a fight, last year taking them to overtime at home. This year, the Hoosiers travel to Ann Arbor and they are going to look to give the number one ranked defense in the country, a run for their money.

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Week 12 Inside The Numbers: Defense is the Name of the Game as Hoosiers Invade Ann Arbor

Week 12 Inside The Numbers: Defense is the Name of the Game as Hoosiers Invade Ann Arbor

Written by Lauralys Shallow

Indiana travels to No. 4 Michigan playing for a chance to clinch a bowl game with a win over the Wolverines. Michigan is playing for a chance to continue to control its destiny in the College Football Playoff. While it will be no easy task for Indiana to pull off the upset, let’s take a closer look at the numbers leading into this matchup. 

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Week 12 Know Your Opponent: Michigan Looking to Continue Their Playoff Push

Week 12 Know Your Opponent: Michigan Looking to Continue Their Playoff Push

Written by Nathan Comp

Head Coach: Jim Harbuagh

Overall: 37-12 4th Year

Bowl Appearances at UM: 3

2017 Record: 8-5 (5-4) B1G

Bowl Appearances Since 2000: 16 (6-10)

Mascot: Wolverine

Colors: Maize and Blue

Outfitter: Jordan

National Titles: 11

Conference Titles: 42

Heisman Winners: 3

Last Week’s Result: Win vs Rutgers 42-7

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Hoosier Huddle Game Day Primer: Indiana vs. Maryland

Hoosier Huddle Game Day Primer: Indiana vs. Maryland

Written By T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Week Eleven Primer – Maryland Terrapins

What: Indiana Hoosiers (4-5) vs. Maryland Terrapins (5-4)

Where: Memorial Stadium

When: Saturday, November 10 at noon

How to Watch: The game will be broadcast on BTN. You can also listen to the legendary Don Fischer on the radio on any IU Radio Network station.

What’s at Stake: Indiana is currently stuck in the depths of a four-game losing streak and they desperately need a victory to bring some positivity back to the program. Closing the season by losing seven straight games is a nightmarish way to enter the offseason. In addition, if the Hoosiers are to keep any hope of a bowl game in 2018, they must win on Saturday. They won’t be winning next weekend at Michigan but Purdue is still a winnable contest (the Boilers look like the much better side but you just never know). On the other side, the Maryland Terrapins are just one win from bowl eligibility and this is the first of three cracks they’ll have to get that sixth victory. With their final two games against Ohio State and at Penn State, this will serve as their best shot at reaching a bowl game.

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Hoosier Huddle's Game Day Primer: Indiana (4-4) at Minnesota (3-4)

Hoosier Huddle's Game Day Primer: Indiana (4-4) at Minnesota (3-4)

Written by T.J. Inman

Week Nine Primer – Minnesota Golden Gophers

What: Indiana Hoosiers (4-4) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-4)

Where: TCF Bank Stadium

When: Friday, October 26, 8:00 pm

How to Watch: The game will be broadcast on FS1. You can also listen to the legendary Don Fischer on the radio on any IU Radio Network station.

What’s at Stake: To be blunt, the success or failure of the season likely hangs in the balance on Friday night for both Indiana and Minnesota. The Golden Gophers still have potentially winnable games against Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin and Northwestern. Beating Indiana gives them four wins and means they just need two of those final four games to go bowling. The Hoosiers are in better shape, with four wins in hand, a victory in Minneapolis places Indiana one victory from bowl eligibility with a matchup at home against Maryland in two weeks. The losing team will be very, very unlikely to make a bowl game this season.

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Inside the Numbers: Indiana Looks to Use Rushing Attack To End Losing Streak

Inside the Numbers: Indiana Looks to Use Rushing Attack To End Losing Streak

Written by Rylie Kyhn

Coming off three straight losses, the Hoosiers need a win this weekend to snap that losing streak and turn things around for the remaining three games of the season, especially if they want to be bowl eligible. They sit at 4-4 on the season and a win this weekend would put them above .500 which could give them the momentum and confidence they need to get at least another win this season. They head to Minneapolis this week to take on the Gophers for their first game under those Friday night lights.

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