Indiana State Sycamores vs. Indiana Hoosiers 9-8-23 NCAAF Tips, Odds, and Analysis

Indiana State Sycamores vs. Indiana Hoosiers 9/8/23 – While the NCAAF picks are often the main attraction, college football has a magic all its own. This Friday, September 8, 2023, offers a prime example as the Indiana State Sycamores face off against the Indiana Hoosiers. The game starts at 7:00 PM ET at the Memorial Stadium and will be broadcast on TN.

Indiana State Sycamores vs. Indiana Hoosiers 

Date & Time: Friday, September 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET

Location: Memorial Stadium


Indiana State Sycamores vs. Indiana Hoosiers 9/8/23 Betting Odds

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Indiana State Sycamores Analysis

The Sycamores’ signal-caller Gavin Screws has had a challenging time on the field lately. With a completion rate of 54.2%, accumulating from 13 successful throws out of 24 attempts, it’s clear that there are fundamental issues with accuracy and decision-making. His total passing yards stand at 116, which isn’t impressive by any standard for a starting quarterback. Also concerning is his inability to find the end zone; he has zero touchdown passes to his name in the last game. Add two interceptions and three sacks into the mix, and you get a quarterback rating of 78.1, indicating significant room for improvement. When led by Screws, the offense seems to lack dynamism, which could be detrimental when facing a higher-tier team like the Hoosiers. Evan Olaes, who also functions as a quarterback but is primarily used in rushing plays, shows some promise but leaves much to be desired.

He has nine carries for 59 yards, giving him an average of 6.6 yards per carry. While the average isn’t bad, his lack of explosive plays and the absence of touchdowns is the concern. His longest run was just 20 yards, which suggests that while he may have the stamina and agility for short gains, he lacks the burst speed necessary for more substantial, game-changing plays. This lack of dynamism in the ground game could be a severe hindrance against more vigorous opponents. Dakota Caton, the wide receiver, is one of the brighter spots in this lineup. With six receptions for 70 yards, Caton averages 11.7 yards per catch. While he hasn’t found the end zone yet, his longest reception was a 32-yarder, suggesting he has the potential for big plays. The Sycamores would be wise to leverage his capabilities more, especially if the running game falters. However, even if he can’t carry the receiving core alone, he will need more help to dent the opposition defense.

Indiana Hoosiers Analysis

The Hoosiers’ quarterback, Brendan Sorsby, also has concerning stats. He completed only 8 of his 15 passes, gathering just 58 yards. With a completion rate of 53.3% and an average of only 3.9 yards per attempt, these numbers reveal significant problems in the passing game. Sorsby’s play has been marked by caution and lack of adventurousness, as evidenced by his longest completion being a mere 19 yards. Even more troubling is that he has not thrown any touchdowns recently, painting a rather lackluster offensive picture for the Hoosiers. Christian Turner, Indiana’s primary running back, is also struggling. With seven carries for just 29 yards, his average yards per carry stand at 4.1. The ground game is another area where the Hoosiers need improvement.

Turner’s longest run was only 11 yards, which is not impressive and shows a lack of explosiveness from the running back position. The absence of touchdowns from Turner underscores the pressing need for offensive ingenuity for Indiana. On the receiving end, Cam Camper is faring slightly better than his teammates, albeit not by much. He caught 3 passes for 35 yards, making for an average of 11.7 yards per reception. Though these are not terrible numbers, they are far from stellar. His longest reception was 24 yards, which suggests that while he has some capability for more prominent plays, he is still a long way from being a consistent game-changer.

Indiana State Sycamores vs. Indiana Hoosiers Against the Spread

Indiana State is 4-1 ATS in their last five games but has been struggling overall with an 0-7 SU record in their last seven outings. Indiana, too, isn’t looking good with a 1-9 SU in their last ten games and a 5-12 ATS in their last seventeen. Both teams have also had a series of UNDER games, indicating struggles on the offensive end.

Indiana State Sycamores vs. Indiana Hoosiers Free Pick

Here are our recommended picks for this matchup:

Moneyline: Indiana ML

Despite a poor start to the season, their historical dominance over Indiana State, especially at home, cannot be ignored.

Spread: Indiana State RL 

Their 4-1 ATS record in recent games suggests they could cover the spread.

Total: Under

Considering both teams’ recent track record of UNDER and offensive struggles, the UNDER seems the wise pick.

Prediction: 10-17 Indiana Hoosiers will win

While this game might not be the flashiest event of the weekend, it offers some interesting betting opportunities. For those interested in live betting in Canada or elsewhere, the Indiana Hoosiers look set to extend their home win streak against the Indiana State Sycamores. Given both teams’ recent performance, smart money would be on a low-scoring affair. Keep these insights in mind as you place your bets.