BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana has a another huge Big Ten test on the road this week, this time traveling west for a big test with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
It's Indiana's first trip to Lincoln since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. They have played once in Bloomington, with Nebraska winning 27-22 in October of 2016.
The Hoosiers are 5-2 right now, their best record through seven games since 2007. They are 2-2 in the Big Ten, having won two straight against Rutgers and Maryland after opening the season with conference losses against Ohio State and Michigan State.
Nebraska is 4-3 overall, and 2-2 in the Big Ten, with wins over Illinois and Northwestern and losses to two of the conference's unbeaten teams, Ohio State and Minnesota.
Having some success on the road against Maryland should help the Hoosiers this week in a hostile environment, Indiana coach Tom Allen said Thursday.
"It creates confidence. You have a chance to go experience it, obviously it's going to be a completely different feel from a noise-level perspective,'' Allen said. "You're still on the road, you're still traveling, you're still doing all those things. At the end of the day, when it gets late in those games, it's just executing and making plays.
"There's no doubt that the crowd has an impact, mostly on those third downs when our offense is on the field, that's when it becomes probably the biggest variable. But as far as experiencing it and having a chance to have success on the road and find a way to win with all three phases playing a role in that is definitely huge for us moving forward."
Here are three things I'd like to see from the Hoosiers this Saturday against Nebraska in VIDEO FORM: