In high school football fashion, P.J. Fleck and his University of Minnesota squad will play their upcoming game of pigskin on Friday evening:
Despite being a firm believer that Saturday’s
are for the boys are for college football, I like the sounds of this seemingly day early kickoff.
Maybe the style switch up will adequately assist in altering Minnesota’s current four-game losing streak.
Obviously, us oar holders understand that we’re still at an extremely early stage of the Fleck era, and remain miles away from any proverbial panic buttons.
With that being said, getting off of the Big Ten schneid has to happen at some point.
This matchup against Indiana, regardless if it’s Zack Annexstead or Tanner Morgan under-center, provides an ample opportunity for the destroying of Minnesota’s inner-conference goose egg.
Here’s a look at how the Hoosiers have faired through their first eight weeks of the season:
When digesting the above information, please don’t give this week’s enemy too much, if any, credit for acquiring a Big Ten W.
That’s because, simply put, Rutgers Blows.
Earlier this season, in back-to-back weeks, the Scarlet Knights lost by a combined 70 points to Buffalo and f*cken Kansas! Yes….Kansas! The basketball school.
In addition to that, as for Indiana’s recent five-point loss vs. Penn State, that game wasn’t as close as the final score suggest.
With less than a minute left, the Hoosiers were trailing the Nittany Lions 33-21, before a prevent defense induced touchdown made it a one possession ballgame.
Offensively, entering this upcoming weekend’s play, Indiana sits tenth in the conference in rushing yards per game (159.0). As for their statistically more effective passing attack, the Hoosiers are fourth in the Big Ten in yards per contest (259.9)
That arial assault has been lead by a combination sophomore Peyton Ramsey (sophomore) and Michael Penix (freshman).
Unfortunately for Penix, and Hoosiers nation, the first-year gunslinger suffered a torn ACL during last week’s action.
Thus, Ramsey is set to take on the full load during Friday’s matchup.
As for who you can anticipate he’ll mainly be throwing the ball to, per Indiana’s parody ridden receiving statistics, who the hell knows:
Flipping on over to the defensive side of things, the Tom Allen coached team is giving up an average of 389.3 total yards per game. For comparison purposes, that’s right in line with Minnesota’s current defense pace (397.7 yards per game).
In conclusion, as of Wednesday afternoon, Bovada.com has Minnesota as a messily 2.5-point underdog.
Row. The. Boat.