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
Coach: Bill Cubit (5th year, 29-20)
Series: IU leads 4-0
TV: noon, Big Ten Network
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.
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.
Michigan State 2-8
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.