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IU football game day: Idaho at Indiana primer and predictions

Indiana has a chance to open the season 2-0 on Saturday evening when it hosts Idaho for the second straight season.

The Hoosiers will be looking to avoid a let down after an emotional 23-20 season opening win a week ago, and they’ll get an FCS Vandals squad that turned some heads by nearly pulling off an upset of Washington State.

We know much more about these 2022 Hoosiers going into week two, including the composure of starting quarterback Connor Bazelak, new offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s up-tempo offense, and the return of an aggressive ball-hawking defense as Tom Allen took over play-calling duties.

Here’s everything you need to know about IU’s week two contest.

IDAHO (0-1) at INDIANA (1-0)

  • Kickoff:  8:00 p.m. Eastern, Saturday
  • Location:  Bloomington, Ind., Memorial Stadium (52,656; field turf)
  • Television: Big Ten Network — Matt Schumacker (pbp), J Leman (analyst), Shane Sparks (sideline)
  • Stream:  Fox Sports
  • Radio:  IU Football radio network
  • Odds:  Indiana is a 21.5-point favorite
  • Weather at kickoff:  74 degrees, cloudy, wind 4 mph, 24% chance of precipitation.
  • Series:  Indiana leads 1-0 (IU won 56-14 in 2021)
  • The Coaches:

Tom Allen is in his sixth year as the head coach at IU.  He holds a 27-32 record.

Jason Eck is in his first year as a head coach.  He played at Wisconsin from 1995-98.

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Saturday, September 10, 2022 Football
Away Home Time Location Links
12:00 P.M.
Evanston, Ill. TV: FS1 Stats
12:00 P.M.
Columbus, Ohio TV: Big Ten Network
12:00 P.M.
Huntington Bank Stadium TV: BTN Stats Radio: KFAN 100.3 FM Video
12:00 P.M.
University Park, Pa. TV: ABC Stats Radio: Penn State Sports Network Video
3:30 P.M.
Madison, WI TV: FOX Stats
3:30 P.M.
Charlotte, NC TV: Stadium Stats Video
4:00 P.M.
Champaign, Ill. TV: ESPNU Stats
4:00 P.M.
East Lansing, MI TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: Spartan Media Network
4:00 P.M.
West Lafayette, Ind. TV: BTN Stats Radio: WAZY (96.5 FM)
4:00 P.M.
Piscataway, N.J. TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: WFAN 101.9-FM/660-AM, FOX Sports New Jersey 93.5-FM/1450-AM, SiriusXM 205, Audacy app, Scarlet Knights app Video
4:00 P.M.
Iowa City, Iowa TV: Big Ten Network
7:30 P.M.
Lincoln, Neb. Stats
8:00 P.M.
Ann Arbor, Mich. TV: Big Ten Network Stats Video
8:00 P.M.
Bloomington, Ind. TV: BTN Stats Radio: IU Radio Network


The Vandals fell 24-17 in week one, pushing Washington State to the final whistle before the Cougars sealed the game with an interception at the goal line in the final second. The energy is clearly different under first-year head coach Jason Eck and an entirely new Vandal staff. It was their first one-score game against a power-five team since 2011.

After a four-way QB battle in fall camp, redshirt freshman Gevani McCoy played well in his just the second start of his career going 21-32 for 212 yards with a TD.

True freshmen running back Anthony Woods and wide receiver Jordan Dwyer made their collegiate debuts to impressive results. Woods rushed nine times for 50 yards to lead all Idaho rushers. Dwyer caught three passes for 39 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.

The Vandals won the time of possession controlling the ball for over 36 minutes.  The Vandals were 3-6 on fourth downs, and Idaho forced three WSU fumbles, winning the turnover battle 3-2 and returning a fumble for a touchdown.


Passing:  Gevani McCoy — 21-of-32, 212 yds, 1 TD/2 INT
Rushing:  Anthony Woods — 9 for 50 yds
Receiving:  Jermaine Jackson — 5 for 110 yds
Tackles:  Fa’Avae Fa’Avae, LB — 11 tkls, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, 1 FF


Idaho did enough last week to make you think they’ll test Indiana a bit more than they did a year ago.  But IU is bigger and more athletic, and their depth should give them a big edge on special teams.  Full of new faces in new systems, the Hoosiers should learn from their week one mistakes.  And the memories of a disastrous 2021 season are still too fresh to be overly confident.


CFN:  Indiana 48  Idaho 13

ESPN SP+ (Computer) Indiana 36  Idaho 12

ESPN FPI:  Indiana 96.3 percent chance

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