Indiana Football vs UConn: Game time, TV channel, odds, prediction, and more

Indiana Football, Whop Philyor (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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After the loss to Ohio State, Indiana football looks to bounce back against a 1-1 UConn squad this Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know about the match-up.

After a strong first two weeks, Indiana was brutally brought down to earth by the Ohio State Buckeyes. OSU dominated the game on both sides of the ball, rolling to a 51-10 destruction of the Hoosiers. This week provides Indiana football with the opportunity for a nice bounce back game to get back on track against UConn.

The Hoosiers have only played Connecticut twice in its history, and have lost both games. The most recent match-up came in 2006 in which they lost 14-7. However, the UConn program has been struggling mightily the last couple of years. In fact, their one win this season equals last season’s total. The Huskies haven’t won more than three games since 2015.

After missing last week’s game against Ohio State, Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is once again a game-time decision with an undisclosed nagging injury. It’s not necessarily critical that Penix Jr. plays, considering UConn has not proven to be able to win a game against a team as talented as Indiana. Peyton Ramsey would get the nod under center if Penix Jr. is unable to go.

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In terms of what expect from the Huskie offense, the answer is not a whole lot. Quarterbacks Jack Zergiotis and Mike Beaudry have combined to throw for zero touchdowns and three interceptions on the season….against Wagner and Illinois. The rushing attack hasn’t been particularly impressive, either. Starting back Kevin Mensah is only sporting an average of 3.4 yards per rush, and his backup Art Thompkins is not producing much more (4.2 yards/rush). The Hoosier defense should be in for a huge day of forcing turnovers and negative plays.

UConn’s defense shouldn’t be too tough for the Hoosier’s to handle. They have allowed 21 points to a non-major conference Wagner and 31 points to Illinois. No matter who is under center expect IU to be able to capitalize on its speed and talent advantages en route to a high scoring game.


Indiana: Can the Hoosier offense get back to the explosiveness it showed in weeks one and two? Whop Philyor, Donovan Hale, and Nick Westbrook struggled to get any separation against the Buckeye secondary last week. They will need to get back to making plays as they did the first couple weeks if Indiana wants to make it back to a bowl this season. Can Stevie Scott finally get going? The standout freshman has had a tough start to his sophomore campaign, posting just 3.2 yards per carry. The Hoosiers need him to find that extra gear he showed a season ago.

UConn: Can a quarterback step up and make plays? A two quarterback system rarely works at any level. UConn needs one of Beaudry or Zergiotis to be sharp in their decision making and not turn over the ball if they want to stay in the game against an athletic Hoosier defense. Additionally, the UConn defense is going to need to be sound in the secondary against IU’s talented receivers to prevent momentum swinging plays.

How To Watch: Game Time, T.V., Radio, More

Kickoff Time: 12:00 PM EST 

Where: Bloomington, IN


Radio: HoosiersTV, TuneIn

Online Stream – Fox Sports App

Betting Odds: Spread, O/U

Current Line: Indiana -27.5

Current Over/Under: 56.0

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Prediction: Indiana 45, UConn 14