The ‘Cats are sliding backwards, now sitting at 1-6 on the year after 5 straight losses. Can they turn things around in Bloomington in a night game against the 5-2 Hoosiers? Let’s see what the Warriors think.
Game Summary: Well we had been trending closer and closer so it’s not a surprise that the ‘Cats got shut out on Saturday. In 5 of our 7 games this year, we’ve scored 10 points or less. That’s mind boggling.
I would say there’s good news and bad news, but surprisingly it’s really only good news. Firstly, this offensive ineptitude has whipped up what’s left of the fan base into a fury directed at Mick McCall. Fitz better get rid of McCall this offseason and use him as a scapegoat, because otherwise that fury will take aim at him. When your stadium is not even half full on Homecoming (and it wasn’t just because of the rain), the administration is going to take notice. Saturday was rock bottom for the Fitz era, no doubt about it.
The other good news is that we all know we’re bad, and thus there is no stress or pressure in watching a ‘Cats game. Our tailgate last Saturday was a blast, because you barely even needed to watch the game and could focus on the important things like drinking and more drinking.
My analysis of this Saturday’s game is that Indiana is actually pretty good, and Northwestern is not. Indiana is the only B1G team (aside from Maryland, against whom we are 1-0) who we have a winning record against. We are almost 13 point underdogs in Bloomington in a strange night game – my biggest guidance to you would be to take the under. Instead of further analysis, enjoy this drinking game for Saturday:
Sack – sip your beer
Offensive 3 and out – 1 drink
Change at QB – 2 drinks
Aidan Smith pick – 1 shot
Hunter Johnson pick – 2 shots
Safety – Malort shot
FG – Finish your beer
NU Touchdown – Vegas Bombs!
Game Score: NU 6 – Indiana 24
Play of the Game: We score points!
Player to Watch: Hunter Johnson
Warrior to Watch: Z Von
Other Game to Watch: Nebraska – Purdue. Nothing like some bad B1G football.
Game Summary: Indiana is not half bad. They are going bowling which is more than we can say for ourselves. I don’t think their defense is especially good, but their offense can score points in a hurry and we can not. I predict we will end our touchdown drought, but the game is never in doubt for Indiana.
Game Score: NU 13 – Indiana 27
Play of the Game: Drake Anderson TD scamper.
Player to Watch: Mick McCall – can he do anything against an average defense (#42 according to SP+)
Warrior to Watch: Trent – he came up with a drinking game for goodness sake.
Other Game to Watch: Gotta be the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, right?
Have we reached the floor yet? Or do we still have further to fall? Note to Z Von (resident further/farther expert): while you could argue the use of either “further” or “farther” here (I’d listen and probably disagree), “further” makes more sense. Yes, we are referring to a distance which would ordinarily imply farther. However, in this case, the distance is metaphorical (though, for Marv in the video, it’s real). Thus, further. QED.
The offense can’t get any worse. I suppose we could score fewer than 13 points in November, but that’s about the only way it can get worse for them.
The defense can certainly get worse though. I fear it will in this one.
Game Summary: From an X’s and O’s perspective, Ohio State and Indiana are our two worst matchups this season. This Indiana team ran up and down the field with a backup qb against a very good Michigan State defense. They are VERY likely to do the same to us.
Unfortunately, our offense is appreciably worse than Michigan State’s.
This one will get ugly in a hurry as Indiana races to an impressive 7-2 start to the season.
Game Score: NU 7 – Indiana 45
Play of the Game: Andrew Marty throws a garbage TD pass in the 4th quarter. Hooray, points!
Player to Watch: Fitz – he’s being a real asshole and showing that he can’t handle adversity. Furthermore, I’m starting to wonder if Mick has become a convenient scapegoat for problems that stem from the head coach. The ‘Cats don’t need to win here (let’s not ask for too much), but Fitz damn sure better come to play.
Warrior to Watch: Z Von – he’s gonna have the Nest rockin.
Other Game to Watch: The Cocktail Party for sure. This is being overlooked here, but both UF and UGA still control their own destiny. Watch out for those Dawg fans in St. Simon’s Island this weekend.
Game Summary: meh
Game Score: NU 10 – Indiana 21
Play of the Game: The van takes a well deserved week off.
Player to Watch: Hunter and/or Aidan
Warrior to Watch: Trent – please make sure he survives his drinking game.
Other Game to Watch: Florida – Georgia because of course
Game Summary: It’s a night game so that’s fun, I guess.
Game Score: NU 12 – Hoosiers 18
Play of the Game: Mick runs a draw play on 3rd and 13
Player to Watch: Will Hunter play?
Warrior to Watch: Bag after the 3rd quarter.
Other Game to Watch: Super boring week. WLOCP it is.