Through four weeks of conference play this season, neither the Northwestern Wildcats nor the Indiana Hoosiers has walked away from a game victorious. The teams are a combined 0-8 against conference opponents. If either team wants to avoid a winless run through the conference schedule, it's probably going to need to happen on Saturday in Bloomington.
The Wildcats won their first two games of the season but have lost five consecutive since then, caused partially by quarterback Dan Persa's season-long injury issues. They've consistently gotten off to strong starts, taking solid leads against the likes of Illinois and Iowa in previous conference games, but their defense has failed to hold those leads late into games.
As for the Hoosiers, they've really struggled all season long, but some signs of hope have emerged lately. Freshman quarterback Tre Roberson made his first start with the Hoosiers against Iowa last weekend, and while he couldn't lead them to a win, he did manage to be awarded the Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor. The Hoosiers really need to win today, because they'll spent the next two weeks visiting Ohio State and Michigan State.