Join us live today from Memorial Stadium

It’s a sunny, pretty fall morning morning in Bloomington. Looks like fans should bundle up a bit with a predicted high of 55 and some wind, but it’s a great day to watch football.

Not much doubt that on paper, Michigan State is the more talented team, but so was Iowa a couple of weeks ago. It will be interesting to see what kind of effort the Hoosiers can put together in this critical game and what size of crowd we see in the stands at Memorial Stadium. Let’s face it, if IU doesn’t win today, what are the odds of winning two road games, at Minnesota and at Purdue, to finally make a bowl game? Fuhgetaboutit.

Starting hopefully about an hour before the game, we’ll have live updates on all of today’s action. Perhaps we can even get buck intern Brandon Moore to give us his review of John Mellencamp’s performance today.

I’ve been watching Indiana football too many years to predict a Hoosier win today. The Hoosiers have not played well at all in most of the games against Michigan State that I’ve covered. I’ll go with a prediction of Michigan State 42, Indiana 30.

I’ll also predict a crowd to be announced at 46,412, although we’ll probably question – cynical reporters that we are – whether there are really that many people in the stands.

What are your predictions for today’s score and attendance?

6 comments

  1. I think it will be a late arriving crowd so it will surpass the 50,000 mark. At the start of the game, I like your number, but it will begin to filter out late in the third. MSU 44, IU 21. People will question if the Hoosier Nation Challenge was a distraction. Hope I’m wrong.

  2. Hi Mickey, here’s an update for you. I just got a call from Chris and the parking lot where media usually parks is full. That never happens. So he’s scrambling to find a place to park. It’s quite a traffic jam out there. I live less than a mile away and it took me 45 minutes to get here.

  3. Good question, Zeke. I was really surprised by the 37K figure, although that is about what it looked like in the stands. The big walkup crowd that IU was looking for didn’t happen. Not at all. With the crowded parking lots and the big traffic jam before the game, it seemed like a bigger crowd. But a lot of that, it turns out, was because some of the grassy parking lots on the south side of 17th Street were closed due to heavy rain the previous day and even a moderate sized crowd was more traffic than usual with pretty much everybody arriving within the same couple of hour window for a noon game. I think the 37K crowd, after all the publicity and pleading, is a reminder that the 40K-plus crowds of the last few years have come when there have been large turnouts by the opposing team’s fans, which of course didn’t happen Saturday.

  4. I’ve been watching Indiana football too many years to predict a Hoosier win today. The Hoosiers have not played well at all in most of the games against Michigan State that I’ve covered. I’ll go with a prediction of Michigan State 42, Indiana 30.

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