4 storylines for IU’s game vs. Charleston Southern

1. Peyton Ramsey’s starting debut
With a Homecoming showdown with Michigan set for next week, Saturday is a good opportunity for Ramsey to settle in with an offense that will be tailored exclusively for him for the first time this season. The redshirt freshman didn’t perform particularly well in relief during last week’s loss at Penn State, but he won IU’s starting job based on his body of work through the first month of the season. Ramsey has completed 60 percent of his passes for 316 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in parts of four games. He’s also IU’s second-leading rusher with 117 yards, while averaging 3.4 yards per carry.

2. Indiana’s injury situation
Against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent, one of the best results for Indiana would be an injury-free game. It certainly feels like the Hoosiers haven’t had one of those in awhile. After losing defensive backs Marcelino Ball and A’Shon Riggins two weeks ago for an undetermined amount of time, and dealing with the in-game losses of punt returner J-Shun Harris and right tackle Brandon Knight last week, the Hoosiers could use a minimal injury report come Sunday. Harris and Knight are expected to be available Saturday, but like the Georgia Southern game two weeks ago, this could also be another good opportunity to rest some starters and give IU’s second-team players more work than they normally receive.

3. Charleston Southern’s triple option
The Buccaneers don’t rely on the same option offense as the one Georgia Southern brought to Bloomington two weeks ago, but IU coach Tom Allen says it’s similar. Like the Eagles, the Bucs run their option attack from the shotgun. Of Charleston Southern’s 234 plays this season, 76 percent have been run-based. Quarterback Shane Bucenell has completed 29 of his 49 passes for 497 yards, while tailback Noah Shulder is the team’s leading rusher with 204 yards on 44 carries.

4. Time to clean up mistakes
This will be a get-right game for the Hoosiers, particularly their special teams units after last week’s disastrous performance at Penn State. Indiana emphasized ball security during practice this week after a pair of fumbles — one on a punt return by J-Shun Harris and another on a long run by Morgan Ellison — directly led to 14 early points for the Nittany Lions. Punter Haydon Whitehead is also coming off the worst game of his young career, so this week will be a bounce-back opportunity for him, as well.

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