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IU football game day: Rutgers primer and prediction

Indiana enters the final quarter of the 2021 season with perhaps its best chance remaining to pick up another win on the opposing sideline Saturday.

The Hoosiers could get a lift and bolster those chances if either of quarterbacks Michael Penix, Jr. or Jack Tuttle return from injury to face Rutgers.

Indiana has faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 39-7.  Nothing will come easy with IU’s struggling offense, but the Hoosiers are favored and will look to pick up their first home win of the season against an FBS opponent.

It’s the Hoosiers and Scarlet Knights as from Bloomington as Indiana kicks off a two-game home stand.

INDIANA (2-7, 0-6) vs. RUTGERS (4-5, 1-5)

  • Kickoff:  Noon Eastern
  • Location:  Bloomington, Ind., Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf)
  • Television: BTN, Cory Provus (p-b-p), Matt Millen (analyst) & Elise Menaker (analyst)
  • Stream:  Fox Sports Live
  • Radio:  IU Football radio network
  • Odds:  Indiana is a 7-point favorite
  • Weather at kickoff:  38 degrees, cloudy, wind 10 mph, 4% chance of precipitation.
  • Series:  Indiana leads 5-2.

TALE OF THE TAPE

FULL BIG TEN SLATE

Away Home Time Location
12:00 P.M.
State College, Pa.  TV: ABC Video
12:00 P.M.
Bloomington, Ind.  TV: BTN Stats Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 119, XM 196, SXM App 958 Video
12:00 P.M.
Madison, WI  TV: ESPN2 Stats Radio: Badger Sports Network Video
3:30 P.M.
Iowa City, IA  TV: BTN Stats Radio: KFAN 100.3 FM Video
3:30 P.M.
Columbus, Ohio  TV: ABC Stats Radio: Purdue Sports Network Video
4:00 P.M.
East Lansing, MI  TV: FOX Stats Radio: Spartan Media Network

PREDICTION

It is a tough call without knowing who plays quarterback for Indiana.  Tuttle and possibly Penix, Jr. could be available.  Let’s go with the assumption at least one of them starts — and finishes the game.

The Hoosiers snap their five game losing streak and earn their first Big Ten win of the season.

INDIANA 20

RUTGERS 17


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