BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –It’s the last home game of the season for Indiana on Saturday, when the Hoosiers face Minnesota at Memorial Stadium. It’s Seniors Day too, with many players from Indiana gearing up for the final home game of their careers.
Indiana will be hoping to end a six-game losing streak and will try to do so once again with real freshman Donaven McCulley in quarterback. The Indiana offense has struggled all season, mainly due to a string of injuries in QB, first with Michael Penix Jr., who was injured in the Oct. 2 loss to Penn State, then Jack Tuttle, who sprained a foot in the Oct. 23, Ohio State’s loss came back down last week to Rutgers.
The game begins at 3:30 p.m. ET and is televised on the Big Ten Network. It’s another Saturday where there is OF THEM games on BTN at the same time, so it is important that you know in advance which channel the game is playing on your cable or satellite system.
If you’re in Indiana the Hoosiers are probably on the BTN Main Channel, but if you’re out of state you might be out of luck. So be warned. Most of the country will see Michigan-Maryland on the Main Canal.
Here’s how to watch the Indiana game with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, complete with time of play and TV info, the latest point distribution information, and coach and game information.
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How to watch the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Indiana Hoosiers
- Who: Minnesota Golden Gophers at Indiana Hoosiers
- When: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Or: Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind.
- TV: Big Ten Network
- Flux: Fubo.tv CLICK HERE
- TV Advertisers: : Chris Vosters (play-by-play) & J Leman (analyst)
- Radio: IU radio network; Sirius 78, XM 175, SXM App 983
- Radio announcers: Don Fischer (play-by-play), Buck Suhr (analyst) & Joe Smith.
- Point spread: Minnesota is a 7.5-point favorite against Indiana, according to the SISportsbook.com website on Saturday morning. The plus / minus is 43.5.
- This year’s records: Minnesota is 6-4 this season and 4-3 in the Big Ten. Indiana is 2-8 overall, 0-7 in the Big Ten.
- Records from last season: Indiana was 6-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big Ten, losing to Ole Miss 26-20 in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla .; Minnesota was 3-4 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten and did not play in a bowl game.
- Series history: Minnesota leads the all-time series 39-26-3. This is the first game at Bloomington since November 2, 2013. Minnesota has won that game 42-39 and has won three in a row in the series and five of the last six.
- Last meeting: Minnesota won 38-31 in Minneapolis the last time the two teams met on October 26, 2018. Tanner Morgan, who is still Minnesota quarterback three years later, was 17 for 24 assists that day. for 302 yards and three touchdown passes. Peyton Ramsey was Indiana’s quarterback in that game and threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two interceptions.
- Coaches: Tom Allen is in his fifth season as head coach of Indiana. He’s 26-30 years old (0.464) in his fifth season as Indiana’s head football coach. His 24 wins in his first four years are the most important for an IU head coach during this period. PJ Fleck is in his fifth season in Minnesota. He’s 32-23 and 19-22 in Big Ten games. He coached at Western Michigan for four years previously and is 62-45 overall.
- Rankings: Neither team is ranked. The Hoosiers were No. 17 in both preseason polls, and it was the first time Indiana has been ranked in the preseason AP poll since 1969. They fell into the top 25 after the loss. season opener against Iowa. In Sagarin’s computer ranking, Indiana is ranked No.85 and Minnesota is No.37.
- Time: According to weather.com, the forecast calls for cloudy skies and the kickoff temperature is expected to be 48 degrees.
Three things I want to see from Indiana
1. Manage Minnesota’s massive offensive line
Even though Minnesota have suffered running back injuries all year, they’re still determined to get the ball rolling down your throat in every game. For starters, they have a huge offensive line, aiming to dominate the line of scrimmage in every battle.
âThey’re 6ft 9in and 350lbs. They’ve got really big humans up front. I don’t know, they could be the biggest offensive line in the country,â Indiana defensive coordinator Charlton said. Warren. âI think that’s what makes their plan difficult.
âOne, they’re committed to it. They’ve got their identity, and they reinforce themselves a lot up front and try to knock you off the ball and wear you out and there are wins of one and wins of two, then wins of five.They’re just trying to wear you down, so we’ve got to do a great job of holding our edges and finding ways to put them behind the sticks. ”
2. Get a production from Donaven McCulley
Donaven McCulley was pushed into action far too early in his Indiana career, and the actual freshman from Larwence North struggled to shift the Indiana offensive. He’s only managed 32 of 75 passes so far (42.7%) and has thrown for 457 yards in his five games. He has to do more on Saturday against Minnesota.
âIt’s a challenge to play the quarterback in this league, whatever your experience is depending on how good the opponents you play, and certainly when you combine that with coming here in June and not have plenty of time for the task. Indiana offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan said of McCulley, “There are things that happened in Saturday’s game that shouldn’t happen whether you’re here for six months or three years, and these are the things that we focus on.
âSure, we recognize those ups and downs throughout the game, but we can handle a snap. We can handle a rally. It has nothing to do with our opponent or the quality of the teams or players you play against. . ”
3. End with maximum pride
No one expected this season to unfold like this. Not Tom Allen, not the players, not the fans, and certainly not me. But it’s still the last home game of the year and for a lot of the guys who have donated their blood, sweat and tears to this program in recent years, it would be great for them to come out in style.
The 38-3 home loss to Rutgers last week was an embarrassment for everyone involved. There is no way it will ever happen again. Pride has to be a factor at some point.
I know they lack talent, but the 11 guys on the pitch for every game have to give their maximum effort – with every snap.
Indiana Football Related Stories
- BIG TEN POINTS UPDATE: We’re heading into the home stretch of the Big Ten football race, and there are several big-scale games this weekend. There have been a few subtle moves in the point spreads this week, but the over / under has increased a lot. Here is the last one. CLICK HERE
- SENIOR DAY: For the seniors of the Indiana football team, they took a tour where the program has reached new heights for a long time. Despite this disappointing 2021 season, they want to come out on a high note in the last home game of the year on Saturday against Minnesota. CLICK HERE
- WHAT NICK SHERIDAN SAID: Indiana Offensive Coordinator Nick Sheridan understands real freshman Donaven McCulley is a young and inexperienced quarterback, but says there was no excuse for some of the blunders that took place in Saturday’s 38-3 loss to Rutgers. CLICK HERE
- WHAT CHARLTON WARREN SAID: After Indiana’s 38-3 loss to Rutgers, Indiana defensive coordinator Charlton Warren explained how depth of the defensive line is always an issue, how Cam Jones’ absence affected the defense against the race and challenges that await Minnesota. CLICK HERE