First Glance: Old Brass Spittoon Matchup Moves to East Lansing for Week Five Showdown

First Glance: Old Brass Spittoon Matchup Moves to East Lansing for Week Five Showdown

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

The Hoosiers travel north in week five as they renew the Old Brass Spittoon rivalry with the Michigan State Spartans. The Hoosiers won for the first time in a decade in this series in 2016. However, Michigan State has won the last two, but each contest has been fairly close and this could be turning into an actual rivalry (before an angry mob of Spartan fans chase me down, I mean that playing highly competitive games annually has started to draw more fan interest and attention from the media than it had over the past 15 years). The Spartans are coming off a season where an elite defense carried them to seven wins and a bad offense led to a staff reshuffling. Which Michigan State team shows up in 2019 is anyone’s guess, but the Spartans have the talent to possibly have a say on the East Division race.

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2019 Opponent Unit Ranking: Defensive Lines

2019 Opponent Unit Ranking: Defensive Lines

Written by Amanda Pavelka

The Hoosier Huddle team will be ranking the position groups for each one of Indiana’s opponents. Today we will outline each one of the Defensive Lines that the Hoosiers will face in the upcoming season.

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2019 Opponent Unit Ranking: Defensive Backs

2019 Opponent Unit Ranking: Defensive Backs

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

Hoosier Huddle will be ranking the position groups of every team on Indiana’s schedule. Today we will take a look at defensive backs. The Big Ten is home to some of the best secondary units in the country, and the Hoosiers will face some the toughest of the crop. The Hoosiers will miss Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin out of the West division therefore they will not be included in our rankings.

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Post Spring Big Ten Power Rankings

Post Spring Big Ten Power Rankings

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

As spring practice wraps up around the Big Ten we wanted to talk a look, albeit a blurry one, at how the teams in the conference stand today. Spring is a tricky time to rank teams since graduated seniors and players leaving early are not practicing and most incoming freshmen have not arrived on campus yet. Here is how we see the Big Ten heading into the summer portion of the off-season.

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Final Big Ten Power Rankings for the 2018 Football Season

Final Big Ten Power Rankings for the 2018 Football Season

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

This year’s bowl season yielded mixed results from the Big Ten. There were some blowout wins, some blowout losses, and a few close games. Nine teams in the conference made bowl games and their record was 5-4 overall. With some coaching changes, several new quarterbacks, and inevitable roster turnover, the Big Ten in 2019 should have some surprises in store. For now, here are the final 2018 Big Ten power rankings.

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Game Wrap and Reaction: Michigan State 35 Indiana 21

Game Wrap and Reaction: Michigan State 35 Indiana 21

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Opponent: Michigan State Spartans

Location: Saturday September 22th, 2018 Bloomington, IN

Why They Played: The Hoosiers and Spartans play annually for the Old Brass Spittoon.

What The Game Meant: The opening of Big Ten play is big for every team, but to get off to a 4-0 start in 2018 would have been huge for IU. It didn’t happen, but it’s not the end of the world for their bowl hopes.

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Old Brass Spittoon Game Primer: Indiana vs. No. 24 Michigan State

Old Brass Spittoon Game Primer: Indiana vs. No. 24 Michigan State

Written By T.J. Inman (@TJHoosierHuddle)

Week Four Primer – Michigan State Spartans

What: Indiana Hoosiers (3-0) vs. #23 Michigan State Spartans (1-1)

Where: Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, IN

When: Saturday, September 22, 7:30 EST

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.

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Week Four Match-up to Watch: Indiana's Run Defense vs. Michigan State's Struggling Running Attack

Week Four Match-up to Watch: Indiana's Run Defense vs. Michigan State's Struggling Running Attack

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Indiana heads into Big Ten season 3-0 and looking to make some noise early on as they take on the Michigan State Spartans in Bloomington Saturday night. There are a handful of potential match-ups to watch, but the most intriguing one is can IU keep Michigan State’s struggling rush attack grounded.

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Old Brass Spittoon Game Becoming a Hotly Contested Rivalry as Games Get Tighter

Old Brass Spittoon Game Becoming a Hotly Contested Rivalry as Games Get Tighter

Written By Rylie Kyhn

Since 1950, the Hoosiers and the Spartans have battled it out on the football field to make for a rivalry matchup. The Old Brass Spittoon is awarded to the team that can seal the victory. The two teams have met 64 times and Michigan State leads the all-time series record 46-16-2. The Hoosiers defeated the Spartans for the first time since 2006 two seasons ago in a nail biter overtime victory in Bloomington. Last season, they traveled to East Lansing and lost 17-9 so this year after a 3-0 start, they are looking to avenge that loss on Saturday.

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