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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Game Wrap and Reaction: Minnesota 38 Indiana 31

Game Wrap and Reaction: Minnesota 38 Indiana 31

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Opponent: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Location: TCF Bank Stadium Friday October 26th, 2018 Minneapolis, MN

Why They Played: The Hoosiers and Golden Gophers are meeting in a inter-divisional matchup for the first time since 2013 and are playing in Minneapolis for the first time since 2008.

What The Game Meant: This game could very well be the crossroads of Indiana’s season. The loss pushes the Hoosiers to 4-5.

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Takeaways do Not Make Up for Lack of Pass Defense for Hoosiers

Takeaways do Not Make Up for Lack of Pass Defense for Hoosiers

Written By Lauralys Shallow

IU defense lacked pass coverage and a pass rush in its 38-31 loss to Minnesota. After tonight’s loss, IU’s record drops to below .500 for the first time this year at 4-5 (1-5), and the defense is a large reason why. Minnesota was without its starting quarterback, and redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan handled the IU defense with ease in the first half of his first career start. The secondary gave the receivers way too much room, and the defensive line could not pressure Morgan, and Minnesota dominated IU’s defense in the first half and took a commanding lead. 

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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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Matchup to Watch: Indiana Defense vs Minnesota Defense

Matchup to Watch: Indiana Defense vs Minnesota Defense

Written by Nathan Comp

From as early on as when Tom Allen had just been named head coach of Indiana, his wish would be that each game would come down to his defense’s ability to shut down the opponent. “I challenged our defense to be the reason why. I felt like you just get all the negative feedback of ‘Well if the defense would’ve just done this’ or ‘If we could’ve just gotten a stop here,” well I challenged our defense to be the reason why.” Well, this week we may have exactly Coach Allen’s wish: a game that will be decided by the team’s respective defenses, who we have highlighted here in this week’s matchup to watch.

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Know Your Opponent: The Young Gophers Await IU in Minneapolis Friday Night

Know Your Opponent: The Young Gophers Await IU in Minneapolis Friday Night

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Head Coach: PJ Fleck

Overall: 38-33 6th Year

At Minnesota: 8-11 (2-11) 2nd year

Bowl Appearances at Minnesota: 0

2017 Record: 5-7 (2-7) B1G

Bowl Appearances Since 2000: 13 (5-8)

Mascot: Goldy the Gopher

Colors: Maroon and Gold

Outfitter: Nike

National Titles: 7 (1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960)

Conference Titles: 18

Heisman Winners: 1

Last Week’s Result: Lost at Nebraska 52-28

2018 Record: 3-4 (0-4)

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Notes and Quotes From Tom Allen's Week Nine Media Monday

Notes and Quotes From Tom Allen's Week Nine Media Monday

Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Head coach Tom Allen discussed IU’s 33-28 loss to Penn State and previewed IU’s Friday night matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers

Notes

Players of the Game:

Offensive: Stevie Scott

Defensive: Marcelino Ball

Special teams: None

Injury Update: Michael Penix (ACL) out for the season

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