After back-to-back road games followed by a bye week, Indiana (2-3) will be back in action this weekend in front of its home crowd at Memorial Stadium. Here’s everything you need to know about the Hoosiers’ Week 7 matchup against No. 10 Michigan State (6-0).
Time, TV channel, how to watch
Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 16. The game will air on FS1, or you can listen to the game on the radio on the IU Radio Network, Sirius 103, XM 196, or the SiriusXM app 958.
As of Tuesday, tickets are still available on the IU Athletics website for as low as $20.
Michigan State holds a 48-17-2 all-time advantage in its series with Indiana, although the Hoosiers have won two of the last five meetings, including a 24-0 win last season in East Lansing.
Indiana entered last season’s matchup with a No. 10 ranking next to its name and the Hoosiers took a 24-0 lead into halftime, before a second half that didn’t feature any scoring from either team. The Hoosiers forced four Michigan State turnovers, including two interceptions from starting quarterback Rocky Lombardi, who got benched after attempting just seven passes.
Lombardi has since transferred and his backup that day, Payton Thorne, is now the team’s starter.
What’s at stake
Saturday’s game against Michigan State is a critical swing game for Indiana. It’s arguably the team’s last, best chance for a win over a ranked opponent, given that the game is in Bloomington against an opponent not named Ohio State.
A win would allow the Hoosiers’ record to climb back to .500 and they would have one conference win halfway through their first six games of conference play, which feature five top-15 opponents.
The Hoosiers will host No. 6 Ohio State the following week, before consecutive road games at Maryland and No. 8 Michigan. Depending on who you ask, Indiana has one of the toughest schedules in the country this season. ESPN’s SP+ has it as the toughest and Sports Reference has it at No. 2 nationally.
In terms of Indiana’s bowl chances, along with any hopes the team has of winning at least seven games this season and its big-picture standing within the crowded Big Ten East, Saturday’s matchup against Michigan State is arguably the most pivotal game left on the team’s schedule, especially as backup quarterback Jack Tuttle could start his first game of the season if Michael Penix Jr. is forced to miss time due to his AC sprain.