Live from Iowa City: What you need to know about Indiana-Iowa
IOWA CITY, Ia. -- HawkCentral.com columnist Rick Brown primes you for today's 11 a.m. game against Indiana. ...
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Now, live from the press box:
WILLIES OUT. Wide receiver Derrick Willies is out of today's game with what is being called a muscle strain.
SPEAKING OF RECEIVERS...Indiana's wide receiver, Isaiah Roundtree, is also expected to miss the game.
INJURY UPDATE. Derrick Willies is not out there warming up with the receivers. But Matt VandeBerg, who missed the Purdue game with an injury, is out there.
Running back Damon Bullock, who also missed the Purdue game, is warming up. So is fullback Macon Plewa, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury.
BOWL TALK. Iowa is two victories shy of a bowl berth. With that in mind, Dan Becker and David Korducki are here representing Florida Citrus Sports. The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (ACC/Big Ten vs. SEC) is Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla.
THE WEATHER. Indiana's team bus has arrived, and some of the Hoosiers are on the field walking around. Chilly temps right now -- supposed to reach 50 degrees by kickoff.
INJURY FRONT. News is circulating that redshirt freshman wide receiver Derrick Willies will not be in uniform today. News when it becomes available.
QBs. Jake Rudock and ponytailed C.J. Beathard warming up right now. Rudock will start. Beathard is expected to get several series.
IOWA'S BIGGEST ADVANTAGE TODAY: Indiana rolls into Iowa City eighth nationally in rushing at 300 yards per game. And running back Tevin Coleman is second nationally in rushing at 168.2 yards a game. But Iowa has allowed just five players to rush for at least 100 yards over the last two seasons: Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller of Ohio State, James White of Wisconsin and Jeremy Hill of LSU last season and James Conner of Pittsburgh this season. The Hawkeyes enter the game ranked seventh nationally in rush defense at 93.2 yards per game.
WHAT COULD BE THEIR UNDOING? The Hoosiers are a multi-dimensional team on offense, ranking 18th nationally with 513.2 yards a game. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld has completed 97 of 158 passes for 1,066 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Iowa will counter with an offense ranked 91st nationally (372.4 yards per game). That offense hasn't found its rhythm this season. Complicating matters is a quarterback tandem attack of Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard. How will it work, and how will they keep up with the Hoosiers on the scoreboard?
WHO SHOULD WE BE TALKING ABOUT BUT AREN'T? Coleman gets much of the attention on offense. He has rushed for at least 100 yards in seven consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation. He's also had a rushing touchdown in 14 straight games. But wide receiver Shane Wynn is someone to keep an eye on. Wynn has 26 catches this season for 362 yards (13.9 per catch) and two touchdowns. Wynn is one of eight active FBS players who have scored a touchdown on a reception, punt return, kickoff return and rush in their careers.
FINAL PREDICTION: Iowa's offense won't be able to keep pace with the Hoosiers. Indiana wins at Kinnick for the first time since 2007. Indiana 28, Iowa 24.