Indiana Football Schedule: 2019 Analysis
With just days remaining until the Hoosiers kick off their newest quest for a bowl appearance, let’s take a look at how their record could shake out.
8/31 vs Ball State @ Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday’s game against Ball State will finally bring closure to the ongoing quarterback battle in Bloomington and hopefully set the stage for a strong season. IU has won the last 2 meetings against Ball State by an average of 19 points and that trend should continue in this year’s season opener.
IU Wins 42-17
9/7 vs Eastern Illinois
This should be an easy win for the Hoosiers. Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer on campus and the FCS program shouldn’t be much of a challenge for the Hoosiers.
IU Wins 52-7
9/14 vs Ohio State
The first real challenge of the season. Ohio State comes in looking to defeat the Hoosiers for the billionth consecutive time and avoid an early-season update that could throw a wrench in Ryan Day’s debut season. Unfortunately, this is a noon kick and that matters in Bloomington. The stands will be full, but the fans and players will be groggy.
Ohio State wins 35-24
9/21 vs UCONN
The final non-conference game before the Big Ten season gets into full swing. UCONN has been atrocious in years past but should be improved and a reasonable challenge for a Hoosiers team that should have found their identity by now.
IU Wins 28-10
9/28 @ Michigan State
Starting the season 3-1 with what I expect to be a close game against Ohio State is going to send expectations in Bloomington through the roof. This is the game where water returns to level. Michigan State is a legit road test and should easily handle the Hoosiers.
MSU Wins 35-17
10/12 vs Rutgers
The benefit of playing in the Big Ten East is getting the privilege of playing Rutgers every year. This should be an easy win for the Hoosiers, though Rutgers is expected to make a leap and possibly look like a competent team this season.
IU Wins 49-17
10/19 @ Maryland
Probably the most even matchup of the season for the Hoosiers in my opinion. Maryland should be well in the mix for a bowl game by this point under first year head coach Mike Locksley and should provide the Hoosiers with a great road challenge. Much like two years ago where the Hoosiers squandered an opportunity to win on the road in College Park, the Terps should take care of business.
Maryland Wins 38-35
10/26 @ Nebraska
Just the second ever Big Ten meeting between the two programs on opposite ends of college football history, though Indiana leads the all-time series. Nebraska took care of business in 2016 in Bloomington and should be able to do the same in Lincoln
Nebraska Wins 28-13
11/2 vs Northwestern
Another tough cross-division matchup for the Hoosiers. Northwestern should be one of the best teams in the Big Ten West lead by Clemson transfer quarterback, and Indiana native, Hunter Johnson. However, this game should be an opportunity for the Hoosiers to build some momentum going into a brutal stretch to end the season.
IU Wins 21-17
11/16 @ Penn State
Penn State will not be as good as they have been the past few years where they entered the season with playoff aspirations, but this year’s iteration of the Nittany Lions will still be a formidable opponent. Standing at 5-4 coming into this game, the Hoosiers have only three opportunities to gain bowl eligibility but will still be searching for win number 6 after leaving Happy Valley.
Penn State Wins 42-17
11/23 vs Michigan
I hate when IU plays Michigan. The last few matchups have been nailbiters with either the Hoosiers squandering away a win or Michigan finally pulling away in the dying minutes. Expect another thriller in Bloomington in an absolute must-win game for the Hoosiers.
Michigan Wins 28-24
11/30 @ Purdue
Here we go again. 5-6 entering the Old Oaken Bucket game for the 3rdyear in a row. There is nothing better in college football than a heated rivalry game with postseason opportunities on the line. This game should be a classic, but the Boilers should have the upper hand again. *ugh*
Purdue Wins 28-24
Final Record 5-7
The Hoosiers miss a bowl for the 3rdconsecutive year following a loss in the Old Oaken Bucket game. Tom Allen’s seat will start to get a little warmer, but his job is safe for at least another year. Hoosier fans can take solace in the fact that the two best recruiting classes in program history will have this season to learn and develop which should set up the Hoosiers for success in 2020, hopefully.