Inside the Numbers: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Connecticut Huskies

Inside the Numbers: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Connecticut Huskies

Written by Andrew Walker

The Indiana Football Hoosiers are coming off of a devastating defeat at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes, 52-10. Indiana starting QB Mike Penix was a game-time decision last week, meaning that backup and 2018 starter Peyton Ramsey played the whole game. Ramsey proved to be inefficient and unconfident against the pass rush. This week is a similar story. Mike Penix is listed as a game-time decision, but this time it won’t be against a top ten ranked program. Let’s take a look inside the numbers to see if Indiana has what it takes. 

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Indiana’s Keys To Bounce Back Against Connecticut

Photo by: sarah miller/ Hoosier huddle

Photo by: sarah miller/ Hoosier huddle

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

Coming off their disappointing loss to Ohio State, the Indiana football squad hopes to turn around defensive woes to hold Connecticut back from surprising them at home. Here’s what the Hoosiers need to do to put away the Huskies and proceed to Spartan land with an appeasing 3-1 record. 

1. Establish a running game

This has been said all season long, and here we are three games down with no real ability to run the ball effectively. Indiana’s run game sits at the bottom of the Big Ten, third worst in yards per carry with 3.1 and second worst with only 101 yards per game. 

Stevie Scott’s had a surprisingly quiet sophomore season, and is the only IU player in the top 30, at No. 20 for rushing in the conference, with 37 carries for 118 yards, an average of 3.2 yards per carry. Last year Scott averaged 5 yards per carry, and 94.8 yards per game, a rushing game Indiana struggles to accomplish as an entire team this season. 

Mike Penix comes in at No. 31 with 9 carries for 79 yards, an 8.8 average. 

Pointing the finger does not solve the problem. The offensive linemen have to do their job and the running backs need to be ready to run. If they cannot run up some good numbers on UConn, there’s no reason to believe they could on the rest of the season’s tough opponents.

In the words of defensive coordinator Kane Wommack: “Enough is enough.”

2. Defense

Tom Allen counted 11 missed tackles and 16 guys that missed a tackle against Ohio State. A lesser blow than the 25 missed tackles in the home opener against Ball State, but still a tremendous issue. It is CRUCIAL that Hoosier defense makes a statement on Saturday. A win is not just a win against a team like Connecticut. Indiana needs to hold the Huskies to 17 or less for a victory over UConn to be satisfactory. 

3. Determination

“The UConn game is the most important game because it’s the next one.” Allen preaches focusing on the here and now. Nothing can be done about last week’s loss to OSU, and the best way to move on from it is to pocket a “W” against their next opponent. With or without Penix, the Hoosiers are capable to shut down UConn, and they need to go in with the mindset that they will do just that. 

Matchup to Watch Week Four: Indiana's Offensive Line vs. Connecticut's Defensive Line

Matchup to Watch Week Four: Indiana's Offensive Line vs. Connecticut's Defensive Line

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Coming into the 2019 season the Hoosier running game was supposed to be one of the strengths of this team. Through the first three weeks however, it has become a major concern. The Hoosiers sit 13th in the conference in rushing averaging 3.1 yards per carry (a full yard ahead of Purdue though). It has been said for 150 years and it’ll be said for the next 150 years. ‘In order to win games, you must run the ball’. IU just isn’t doing that early in the season.

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Hoosier Huddle's 2019 Bowl Projections – Week Four

Hoosier Huddle's 2019 Bowl Projections – Week Four

Written by: TJ Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Keep in mind, there are contracts with these bowl games and just because a team finishes third in a conference does not mean they automatically get the conference’s third bowl slot. I will update these projections each week as game results impact things. We are an IU-centric site so I am only listing games that involved Big Ten squads. With no further delay, here are my current 2019 bowl projections:

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Know Your Opponent: Connecticut Huskies

Know Your Opponent: Connecticut Huskies

Written by Nathan Comp

Head Coach: Randy Edsall

Overall: 15th Season, 79-91 (.464) (Second stint as Head Coach of UConn)

Bowl Appearances at UConn: 5, all in previous stint

2018 Record: 1-11 (0-8, AAC)

Bowl Appearances Since 2000: 6 (3-3)

Mascot: Jonathan the Husky

Colors: Blue and White

Outfitter: Nike

National Titles: 0

Conference Titles: 25, 15 shared and 10 outright

Heisman Winners: 0

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Hoosier Huddle Podcast: UConn Preview

Hoosier Huddle Podcast: UConn Preview

Co-Hosts Sammy Jacobs and T.J. Inman look back at Indiana loss to Ohio State and will preview Indiana's week four game against the UConn Huskies. They'll talk about what went wrong against Ohio State, what it means and much more. They'll also take a look at keys to the game against UConn, what IU has to do to put fans at ease and much more.

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Five Takeaways From Indiana's Loss to Ohio State

Five Takeaways From Indiana's Loss to Ohio State

Written by Andrew Walker

Saturday saw the Hoosiers get buried by the Buckeyes 51-10. Ohio State was able to do everything right on offense, defense and special teams. On the contrary, Indiana had zero success in those categories. Regardless of the outcome, there’s always lessons to be learned. If there’s anything we’re sure of, it’s that Tom Allen and his staff will be in the film room learning from their mistakes. Let’s take a look at five takeaways from Saturday’s game. 

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