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Roundtable predictions week 12: Rutgers vs. Indiana

The OtB staff reveal their picks for Rutgers' chance for win #6.

Alex Goodlett

After a treacherous journey through the Big Ten welcome party gauntlet, the Scarlet Knights host an Indiana team that has yet to defeat a fellow conference foe. Hopes were high in Bloomington in the preseason, but injuries at quarterback and other issues have put a damper on expectations. Can the Knights finally reach bowl-eligibility?

Kevin Recio: The best medicine for a three-game losing streak with blowouts is to host an Indiana team at home that is down to its third (fourth, technically) option at quarterback. Great weather (fingers crossed), a non-noon start, and a good bye week should be the magic formula for getting on the W-side of the ledger. The Spartans and Terps are tough road matchups, and I think this team knows that. The Knights come out prepared to stop Tevin Coleman, and Gary Nova gets back on track. Rutgers 28, Indiana 20.

Bob Cancro: Before the season, I thought this was a winnable game. I also thought we'd be shooting for win No. 5 at this point. Getting the offense to control the tempo is important. Keeping Mr. Coleman in check - and more significantly off the field - will be crucial. Sustain our drives, push them to three and outs. I think they gain bowl eligibility tomorrow, even if it is to face Rice in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Rutgers 24, Indiana 20

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Rutgers 21 Indiana 18

Andy Egan: We got this. I'm looking for the offense to find itself against an opponent that does NOT have a top defense in the conference, with a health(ier) Gary Nova throwing to his old friend Leonte Carroo for the last time at HPSS, on Senior Day. And while we're playing a B1G team with a stellar running back AGAIN, (I thought these farms grew corn, not stud running backs) Coach Rossi will load up and dare Indiana to beat us in the passing game. Tevin Coleman will get his yards, but they'll be between-the-twenties yards, the kind that don't involve touchdowns.  No excuses: good weather (cold never hurt anyone), 3:30 start to allow students to walk-of-shame themselves back to the dorm, throw some warm scarlet gear on, drink a couple Natty Lights and get out to HPSS. Pack the Point, and go RU - Rutgers 31, Hoosiers 13.