Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Indiana was able to feed on the weaker teams in the Big Ten this season on their way to going 6-6 overall and 4-5 in conference. All of Indiana’s conference wins came against teams in the basement of the standings as the Hoosiers beat Michigan State, Maryland, Rutgers, and their last outing against Purdue by a final of 26-24. The Hoosiers didn’t quite live up to their expectations this season, but reaching a bowl game is still an accomplishment. Indiana has decided to go in a different direction as they dismissed head coach Kevin Wilson who was also clouded with allegations of player mistreatment. QB Richard Lagow came in to put up some respectable numbers this season throwing for 3,174 yards and 18 TDs to 16 INTs.
Utah has been flying under the radar in the Pac 12 in recent years, but this group has been turning in some very nice campaigns, which is a great sign for this program that’s proving it belongs in the conference after coming in back during the conference realignment. Utah stands 8-4 overall, but the Utes faded a bit down the stretch losing 3 of their last 4 contests. In their regular season finale Utah was competitive on the road against Colorado coming up just short in the end by a final of 22-27. All of Utah’s losses this season came by a TD or less. The Utes leaned a lot on their ground game and defense as Utah ranks 35th in the nation in rushing and 38th in total defense. RB Joe Williams came on to lead the team picking up 1,185 yards.
It’ll be interesting to see how Indiana performs in this one without their head coach. With the allegations of player mistreatment it actually could inspire the Hoosiers to play with some more motivation, but that might be expecting too much out of this group. Utah has great head coaching and they’ll have the right mindset coming into this matchup. Take the Utes to win and cover as the best bet going against an Indiana team that didn’t pick up any upset wins outside of their early home win against the Spartans this season.
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