Rough week for college football teams in Indiana
The college football season in the state of Indiana took an unfortunate turn this past weekend as all three of the biggest teams suffered a loss.
Two of these teams were trending in the right direction entering Week 5, but all three teams will now need to rebound in Week 6.
The Purdue Boilermakers were the biggest surprise team in the state of Indiana heading into a Week 5 matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Purdue had jumped out to a 3-1 record, and they were in control of their own destiny in the Big Ten West Division.
Things started off well for Purdue on Saturday, but the Boilermakers had a second-half that they wish to forget. After jumping out to a 13-10 halftime lead, Purdue was outscored 10-0 in the second half for a 20-13 loss.
Turnovers and missed opportunities hurt Purdue in the loss on Saturday, and the offense has continued to struggle to put points on the board. The defense actually played well enough to beat Minnesota, but instead, it was a disappointing loss that will hurt when bowl selections are announced.
Indiana Can’t Score Points
Not only did the Indiana Hoosiers come up completely flat against Penn State on Saturday night, but they also lost their most important player for the foreseeable future. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. suffered a separated shoulder on Saturday night, and he is out indefinitely.
It has been a career filled with injuries for Penix, and that has kept this Indiana football program from really taking off. The Hoosiers were a great story a season ago, but they have not been able to stay on that same path this year.
Indiana suffered a 24-0 loss on the road at Penn State, and the Hoosiers didn’t really even threaten to put points on the board. The Hoosiers are now just 2-3 overall on the season and are 0-2 in Big Ten Conference action.
Fortunately, Indiana will get a week off before hosting the Michigan State Spartans in Week 7. The Hoosiers will have Jack Tuttle under center for that game, and the coaching staff must find a way to get some points on the board.
Who Plays QB For Notre Dame?
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday to Cincinnati, and now there are some real questions surrounding the program. Jack Coan had gotten off to a great start at the quarterback position, but it could be Drew Pyne’s team moving forward.
Head coach Brian Kelly has made it clear that his team already has a starting quarterback chosen, but he isn’t going to share that information prior to the game. Notre Dame visits Virginia Tech (3-1) on Saturday, and the Fighting Irish can’t afford to suffer another loss.
Losing to Cincinnati wasn’t the biggest story of the day, but it was the way that the game played out. The Bearcats picked up a 23-14 victory, but it felt like they were in complete control the entire game.
Notre Dame still has a chance to get back in the CFP conversation, but they must win out and do so in convincing fashion.
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