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- Indiana vs Rutgers Game Summary
Heading into Week 8, Indiana is on a four-game losing streak, while Rutgers has lost three straight. Both teams desperately need a win if they hope to appear in bowl season. The Hoosiers (3-4, 1-3) have struggled on defense, allowing over 30 points during the losing streak. The Scarlet Knights (3-3, 0-3) are searching for an answer at quarterback, leading to an unproductive offense. Which team can turn it around in this Big Ten battle?
To start the season, Indiana went 3-0, including a win over No. 18 Illinois. The Hoosiers were coming up with clutch plays in the fourth quarter, like the game-winning touchdown with 23 seconds remaining against the Fighting Illini. During the four-game losing streak, Indiana is struggling to close games.
Last week, the Hoosiers fell 38-33 to Maryland as the defense allowed 14 points within four minutes. In Week 6, Indiana was outscored 14-0 in the fourth against Nebraska in a 35-21 loss.
Indiana’s poor defense has become too much to overcome. It ranks 96th in allowed points per game and 107th in allowed yards per game. Good luck winning games when your defense is allowing nearly 450 yards per game. The injury of linebacker Cam Jones, who had 54 tackles in five games, has added insult to injury.
On offense, quarterback Connor Bazelak has been streaky. From Weeks 4 to 6, Bazelak struggled with a four-to-four touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 49.5 completion percentage. The Hoosiers’ bad run game, which ranks 130th in yards per carry, is making the offense one-dimensional. If Bazelak struggles, the Hoosiers are in trouble.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers has one of the worst offenses in college football. The Scarlet Knights average 14.2 points per game (125th), 284.8 yards per game (120th) and 4.3 yards per play (118th). Bad quarterback play has been the main issue.
To start the season, 2021’s starter, Noah Vedral, was dealing with an injury. In his absence, Evan Simon played often. Vedral returned against No. 2 Ohio State and played for four snaps. A week later, Vedral saw his workload increase with 15 pass attempts and seven runs in the 14-13 loss to Nebraska.
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Rutgers’ offense looked much improved on the first drive as Vedral hit a 33-yard pass and had a 21-yard touchdown run. Then, the Scarlet Knights began rotating Vedral and Simon. Clearly, Vedral is not 100% as Rutgers limits his snap count. Coming off of a bye week, Vedral could inch closer to being a full-time starter once again.
While the offense has stumbled, the defense is doing its part. Rutgers ranks 15th in allowed yards per game and 21st in allowed yards per rush. With 413 yards and 49 points, Ohio State was the only offense to do real damage against the Scarlet Knights.
If Vedral becomes fully healthy, Rutgers can get back to winning.
Indiana vs Rutgers Game Injuries
Indiana vs Rutgers Head-to-Head
Since Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014, Indiana has won five of eight matchups. Last season, the Scarlet Knights broke a five-game losing streak against the Hoosiers with a 38-3 win.
Indiana vs Rutgers Game Information
- Game: Indiana vs Rutgers
- Location: SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 12 p.m. ET
- Indiana vs Rutgers Live Stream: ESPN
Indiana vs Rutgers Betting Lines
Indiana vs Rutgers Prediction
Picking the spread could depend on Vedral’s health. Rutgers provides little information on injuries, like most college football teams. From what we have seen, Vedral’s workload has increased weekly. After a bye week, that trend should continue. Indiana quarterback Bazelak’s up-and-down play gives Rutgers’ defense an advantage. Plus, the Hoosiers’ run game has struggled. The Scarlet Knights’ defense will hold strong as the offense has its best game yet. Rutgers will cover and grab its first Big Ten win of 2022.