Friday, November 2, 2012
Big Ten: Who will transform tomorrow?
By Brian Bennett
Each Friday during the season, we'll be taking a look at a Big Ten player to watch when the games kick off Saturday.
This week's selection: Iowa running back Damon Bullock
Saturday assignment: at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network
Another week, another installment in the Iowa running back drama. But while Mark Weisman (ankle, groin) is doubtful for this week's game at Indiana, Bullock is healthy and should have fresh legs after missing some time earlier this season with a concussion.
Bullock looked frisky last week while running for 107 yards on 22 attempts at Northwestern. He should get the bulk of the work against a Hoosiers defense that is last in the Big Ten in stopping the run, allowing more than 222 yards per game on the ground.
And let's face it: The Hawkeyes' passing game is simply not very good. If Iowa is going to win this game on the road, it will need to run the ball effectively. Doing so also helps keep the potent Indiana passing game on the sideline, and the Hawkeyes probably don't want to get into a game of catch-up.
Iowa (4-4, 2-2 Big Ten) needs this win to stay alive in the Legends Division and also to further its bowl hopes. The Hoosiers (3-5, 1-3) can still win the Leaders Division but can't afford another slip-up, and a win Saturday gets them closer to a potential bowl trip. So it's a big game for both sides, and Bullock figures to play a central role.