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Wisconsin Badgers at Indiana Hoosiers: GAMETHREAD

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The Hoosiers host the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers in what marks Indiana's last chance to #BreakThrough in 2017.

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Who? Indiana Hoosiers (3-5 [0-5], #55 S&P+) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (8-0 [5-0], #6 S&P+)

When? Saturday, 11/4, 12:00 PM, Bloomington, IN

Channel? ABC

Vegas? INDIANA +13.5

S&P+ Projection? WISCONSIN, 29.5 -18.0

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Three Things to Watch

From this week's game preview, Kyle Swick highlights three things to watch closely this afternoon:

  • Who plays QB? After taking a couple brutal hits on Saturday and being generally ineffective, Peyton Ramsey was replaced by Richard Lagow for the end of the Maryland game. Ramsey has had his moments this season, but hasn’t really elevated his play to the level of an unassailable starter. More than a few IU fans were ready to hand the reigns back to Lagow and that was before Ramsey took a helmet to his planted knee. While he’s appeared to have avoided a season-ending injury, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lagow start on Saturday. Ramsey’s mobility was supposed to be the x-factor in the competition, but it wasn’t be utilized when he was starting, and he didn’t look to have much of it left when he finally exited the Maryland game.
  • Who plays RB? Both Mike Majette and Morgan Ellison missed the Maryland game, leaving Cole Gest to pick up the majority of the rushes from Indiana’s dwindling stable of running backs. He turned 12 rushes into 38 yards which is, sub-ideal. If Majette and Ellison are held out of Saturday’s contest AND Ramsey misses the game? Indiana’s already lacking run game will be in the most dire of straits against a fearsome Wisconsin defense.
  • Defensive Resurgence? After the debacle against Maryland (which wasn’t all on the defense, of course) can Tom Allen get his best unit to bounce back at home against the slow, steady, and sure Badgers? Indiana surrendered over 6 yards per play against Maryland and almost 6 points per trip inside the 40-yard line. They gave up nearly 6 yards per carry on the ground and nearly 9 yards per attempt through the air. It’s not fair to expect greatness week-in and week-out, but if the defense doesn’t get themselves sorted back out, it’s going to be a brutal run-in.
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