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Iowa at Indiana (What to expect)

Posted on 05. Nov, 2010 by in Iowa Football


By Brendan Stiles

To get you all ready for Saturday’s game between No. 15 Iowa and Indiana, I put together a list of things you ought to know before these two face off inside Memorial Stadium.

At the end, I’ll provide what I think are three keys to an Iowa victory.

No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-1) at Indiana Hoosiers (4-4, 0-4)

Memorial Stadium; Bloomington, Ind.

Nov. 6, 2010

11 a.m. Central

TV: Big Ten Network (Tom Werme, Derek Rackley)

Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network (Gary Dolphin, Ed Podolak, Rob Brooks)

Weather: 41 degrees

Brendan’s Three Keys to the Game:

1. Fast start

With this being the first early kickoff Iowa has had in over a month, I think it’s vital for the Hawkeyes to make their presence felt from the start and carry any momentum from last week’s win over Michigan State into Saturday’s game. Against a team like Indiana, the last thing you’d want to do is give the Hoosiers any sort of life early, especially with this being Indiana’s “Senior Day.”

2. Get pressure on Chappell

With the ongoing drama with the linebacking corps, I think the front four really needs to have its “A” game on Saturday in order for the Hawkeyes to win in the fashion most probably expect. As good as Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell is, he is vulnerable to throwing a lot of incompletions and possibly making some turnovers when he feels pressure. You don’t want to give a quarterback like him any sort of time in the pocket, otherwise he’ll carve Iowa’s defense apart.

3. Don’t shy from running the ball

Regardless of whether Adam Robinson can go for the Hawkeyes or not, I think Iowa needs to place an emphasis on running the football in this game. Keep in mind that over the last two years, the Hawkeyes have had freshman running backs go off on Indiana’s defense with Jewel Hampton in 2008 and Brandon Wegher in 2009. I think it’s important that either Marcus Coker or Brad Rogers get carries on Saturday, even if it’s determined that Robinson can play, because this might be the best opportunity for that with Northwestern and Ohio State both coming up.


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