Indiana is two quarters away from breaking a losing streak of more than 30 years.
The Hoosiers lead Michigan 24-14 as they reach the midway point of the third quarter on Saturday. Standout Sophomore QB Michael Penix Jr. is having yet another stellar game, throwing for 287 yards and three touchdowns in just two quarters and some change.
In the 33 year losing streak, the Hoosiers have lost 24 games to the Wolverines. The last time Indiana came out on top was in 1987 when they took down Michigan in Bloomington with a closely-contested score of 14-10.
If there was ever a time to break the streak, it’s the 2020 season. The late-start Big Ten season has been nothing but unpredictable so far — rife with COVID-19 schedule shuffling, unexpected top performing players and wild upsets.
Indiana got off to a red-hot start this season, defeating Penn State in a shocking upset in Week 1 and following it up with a solid win over Rutgers.
On the other end of the spectrum, Michigan has underperformed thus far. After a solid win against No. 21 Minnesota in Week 1, the Wolverines fell to their arch rival Michigan State in a crushing upset loss.
If the Hoosiers can maintain their lead, they would break yet another negative streak. A 10-point victory would give Indiana their first double-digit win over a ranked team since 1993.
Power 5 teams that have gone the longest without beating a ranked opponent by double digits
Wake Forest 9/6/03
Boston College 11/15/08
Oregon State 11/20/10
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) November 7, 2020
The Hoosiers continue to impress in this unorthodox, late-start Big Ten schedule. If they can hold onto their lead today, No. 13 Indiana moves to 3-0 on the season and will likely continue to rise in national rankings.