Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
When: Saturday, September 21, 12:00 PM. ET.
The Indiana Hoosiers will be trying to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they host the UConn Huskies in a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Huskies Trying To Double Last Year’s Win Total
The Huskies managed to win only one game last season, which is one of the reasons they will go into this game as big underdogs. Despite the low expectations people have for them, the Huskies will try to pick up their second win in their first three games on Saturday night.
"He loves everything about being a quarterback and what it takes to be a quarterback."
— UConn Football (@UConnFootball) September 17, 2019
The Huskies have played well offensively, but they have not been able to get into the end zone as much as they would like and are averaging 23.5 points per game. With the team going up against an opponent that is averaging 32 points per game, they will need to do a better job avoiding costly mistakes so they can keep the score close and give themselves a chance to pick up the win.
Freshman quarterback Jack Zergiotis is expected to start his second collegiate game after being named the team starter over Michael Beaudry, who was injured in their first game. He completed 21 of 31 passes for 275 yards and two interceptions in the loss to Illinois.
Defensively, the Huskies will have a tough time trying to slow down Indiana’s passing game, with the team averaging 327.3 yards per game, which is 15th in the country. If they can get some pressure on quarterback Peyton Ramsey, they should be able to keep Indiana’s air attack in check and force them to beat them on the ground.
Hoosiers Going For Third Win In Four Games
The Hoosiers had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Ohio State Buckeyes in their last game, a 51-10 loss at home. They will be trying to bounce back from the loss with a win over a UConn team that will be trying to pull off the upset win.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 14, 2019
Indiana has done a great job throwing the ball, thanks to freshman quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who missed the team’s game against the Buckeyes because of an injury. Peyton Ramsey played well in his absence against the Buckeyes, completing 19 of 33 passes for 162 yards and one interception. However, his performance wasn’t good enough to help his team get the win over the Buckeyes in their last game.
With Penix Jr.’s status for this game still unknown, it is likely that Ramsey will start against the Huskies on Saturday. The Hoosiers will try to make life easier on their quarterback by establishing the run early in the game, but they will need him to do a better job protecting the ball.
Indiana’s defense was embarrassed by the Buckeyes and will need to do a better job to avoid a second straight loss. They struggled particularly against the run, giving up 306 yards and three touchdowns to the Buckeyes. With the Huskies averaging 122 rushing yards per game, they should be able to slow down the ground game on Saturday. If they do, they will force UConn’s freshman quarterback to try to beat them with his arm.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten.
- 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up loss.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in September.