It's been so easy to sip on the Kool-Aid of a 3-0 start, but life in Camelot has to end someday, doesn't it? There is a possibility of rain Saturday and we have a 3-0 IU team coming into town that is likewise looking to become 4-0. I don't want us to just be looking forward to the Saturday game and expecting a win; I put some stats together so you can know a little something about the opponent.
Offensively, they are averaging 26.7 points per game, but scoring has improved each game: 19, 23, 38. This is 9th in the Big Ten.
Their quarterback, Ben Chapelle, has a qb rating of 134.3 and has completed 68.5% of his passes. He had 3 td passes but also 3 int's. Team passing yards is 686, 6th best in the conference.
Leading Rusher is Demetrius McCray. He is averaging 76 ypg and 5.4 per carry. He shares the load with three guys who have 12 or more carries and they average 3.4 yards per carry. Total rush yards is 440, which is 7th in the conference.
Leading receivers are Tandon Doss and Damario Belcher with 21 and 16 receptions with an average of 12.9 and 11.4 ypc respectively. They are 6th in the conference in receiving yards.
They are the most penalized team in the Big Ten with 25 penalties over 3 games.
Defensively, they are only giving up 17.7 points per game, good enough for 4th in the league, but their opponents have been Eastern Kentucky, Western Michigan, and Akron. In the game against Akron, the Zips were playing without their starting quarterback; consequently, the Zips made 4 ints and were held to 271 total yards of offense.
We have the better team. We are leading the Big Ten in scoring at 38 points per game, and defensively holding opponents to 19.3 points per game, good enough for 5th in the league. Let's hope the team continues to improve and we win comfortably.