Game 2: Indiana v. Western Michigan.

Western Michigan Broncos
2009 record: 0-1 (0-0 in MAC)
2008 record: 9-4 (6-2) (lost to Rice in the Texas Bowl)
2008 Sagarin: 79

Conference: Mid-American
Coach: Bill Cubit (5th year, 29-20)
Series: IU leads 4-0
TV: noon, Big Ten Network


IU begins the Division I-A portion of its schedule by hosting Western Michigan on Saturday.  Last year, WMU produced one of the most potent offenses in the country, and senior quarterback Tim Hiller threw 36 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions last season.  After losing 31-7 to Michigan last Saturday, the Broncos will be looking to rebound and will try to hand IU its third consecutive loss to a MAC school.  The Broncos lost badly to Michigan, but beat Illinois last season and sent IU to Tempe (rather than Detroit) by winning at Iowa on the same day as IU's 2007 win over Purdue. 

The series:  As noted above, IU is 4-0 against WMU.  None of the games have been total blowouts: IU won 24-10 in 1995, 45-30 in 1998, 39-20 in 2006, and 37-27 in 2007.  The 2007 game was at Kalamazoo, but all other games have been in Bloomington.  The 1995 game is beyond the reach of the Internet, but here are nutshells of the others:

1998:  While IU fans may not recall that WMU was the opponent, they will remember the game.  Cam Cameron declined to name a quarterback before the opening game, although it was clear that either 1997 starter Jay Rodgers or redshirt freshman Antwaan Randle El would play.  Randle El trotted onto the field, and the rest was history: Randle El completed 22 of 29 passes for 385 yards and 3 touchdown passes, and added 82 yards rushing and 3 rushing touchdowns.  

2006: Blake Powers passed for 192 yards and Tracy Porter returned a punt for a touchdown in the season opener in Bloomington.  IU led 29-6 before WMU scored some garbage time points. 

2007: Much like in 2006, IU jumped out to a big lead.  The Hoosiers led 34-7 late in the third quarter, but allowed Western Michigan to get back in the game, thanks in no small part to the performance of current Bronco quarterback Tim Hiller, who was 28-51 for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

The opener.  The 31-7 final score doesn't capture how quickly the Wolverines put away WMU last weekend.  When Michigan scored to make it 31-0 with 3:17 left in the second quarter, WMU had gained only 43 yards.  Hiller's overall numbers were respectable (22-39, 259 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 2 sacks), but again, almost all were accumulated after the game was over. 

Western Michigan v. the Big Ten. 

Illinois 1-2

Indiana 0-4

Iowa 2-0

Michigan 0-4

Michigan State 2-8

Minnesota 0-3

Purdue 0-2

Wisconsin 1-3

WMU's wins against Michigan State came long before MSU joined the Big Ten, so the Broncos have four wins against Big Ten programs, but again, two have come during the previous two seasons. 

More as the week continues.

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