Indiana (2-4) at Navy (3-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, October 20, 3:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000) -- Annapolis, Maryland. Television: CBS Sports Network. Home Record: Indiana 1-3, Navy 1-1. Away Record: Indiana 1-1, Navy 2-1. Neutral Record: Indiana 0-0, Navy 0-1. Conference Record: Indiana 0-3, Navy 0-0. Series Record: Indiana leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Indiana Hoosiers step out of Big Ten play and pay a visit to the Navy Midshipmen for a non-conference duel at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
This will be the final non-conference test for the Hoosiers, who are coming off of a heart-breaking 52-49 loss to Ohio State. Indiana opened up the season with a pair of triumphs over Indiana State (24-17) and Massachusetts (45-6), but has since lost four in a row. Second-year head coach Kevin Wilson has made improvements since taking over. For just the second time in school history, the Hoosiers have scored 24 points in six straight games in the same season.
Navy evened its record at 3-3 last week with a 31-13 victory on the road over Central Michigan. It was the second win in a row and third win in four tries for the Midshipmen after they beat Air Force in overtime in their prior outing. Coach Ken Niumatalolo comes into today's contest with a 35-24 career record.
The last time the Midshipmen beat a team from the Big Ten was 1979 when they downed Illinois in Champaign. This will be the third time these two programs meet on the gridiron. The Hoosiers won both of the previous meetings which took place in the 1985 and 1986 seasons.
Although it lost its starting quarterback and leader Tre Roberson to a season- ending injury in the second game of the season, Indiana is leading the Big Ten in passing offense (313 ypg) and is third in scoring offense with an average of 35.5 ppg. Indiana gained 481 yards of total offense in last week's loss to the Buckeyes.
Cameron Coffman has played well since stepping in for the injured Roberson. The sophomore quarterback is 108-of-172 passing, for 1,076 yards, seven touchdowns, and only one interception. His average of 215.2 passing yards per game is the third highest in the Big Ten.
When Coffman went down in last week's game against Ohio State, true freshman Nate Sudfeld entered in the fourth quarter to lead a rally. Sudfeld completed 13-of-20 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the tough Buckeyes' defense.
Cody Latimer and Kofi Hughes are both in the top 10 in receiving in the Big Ten. Latimer has 27 catches for 431 yards to rank fourth while Hughes made 19 receptions for 301 yards to rank ninth.Stephen Houston is IU's top rusher with 386 yards and six touchdowns on 63 carries. He also has a pair of receiving touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, Indiana is giving up 31.8 ppg., with foes rolling up 463.8 ypg. The Hoosiers have been particularly weak against the run, yielding 221.2 ypg, with 13 of the opposition's 23 offensive TDs coming on the ground.
Adam Replogle is leading the team with 40 total stops and David Cooper is in second place with just one less. Replogle also has recorded a team-best 2.5 sacks.
Navy has one of the worst scoring offenses in the country, ranking 107th out of 120 FBS teams with just 19.5 ppg. It is coming off of a 31-point scoring output, which is its highest versus an FBS program this season.
The Midshipmen are notorious for their triple-option offensive attack, but last week they surprisingly relied on the aerial attack for scoring. Keenan Reynolds had three touchdown passes and 134 passing yards to lead Navy past CMU. Reynolds is slated to start this week over the team's third-leading rusher, Trey Miller.
Noah Copeland (77 carries, 349 yards) and Gee Gee Greene (41 carries, 292 yards, TD) share the load in the backfield.
With Reynolds under center, Navy is mixing in more passing plays into its gameplan. Shawn Lynch (155 yards, nine catches) is leading the team. Greene made two catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns last week. Brandon Turner also made two grabs versus CMU, which he turned into 42 yards and one touchdown.
While picking up the victory last week, Navy set a new season-best by limiting the Chippewas to just 221 yards of total offense. The Midshipmen have held their last four opponents to an average of 12.3 ppg
Indiana is coming off one of its best performances in recent history against one of the premier programs in the country. The Hoosiers' defensive unit needs to make adjustments and figure out a way to slow down Navy's rushing attack or the Midshipmen will be celebrating their third win in a row when time expires.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Navy 24, Indiana 21
10/17 10:47:26 ET