Two teams will enter, but only one will leave with another game left on the schedule. The other will go home and wait for summer 2019 to play another meaningful down of football.
Indiana (5-6, 2-6 Big Ten) hosts Purdue (5-6, 4-4) this Saturday with a chance for bowl eligibility and in-state bragging rights on the line, and the Hoosiers are set to receive a boost on defense with the expected return of redshirt junior linebacker Reakwon Jones.
Plan is to have Reakwon Jones back this week. #iufb
— Jordan Guskey (@JordanGuskey) November 19, 2018
“He practiced with us today, so we’ll see how it feels,” IU coach Tom Allen said Monday, according to the Indy Star. “He’s just coming back from that, and obviously did not play last week, but was closer. Was kind of one of those maybe emergency type situations. But I felt good about how he looked today.”
Jones suffered a lower-leg injury in a 38-31 loss against Minnesota on Oct. 26. He had recorded 36 tackles — 4.5 for loss — and a sack through nine games prior to the injury, and will bring much-needed depth and experience to a young Hoosier linebacker group.
The battle for the Old Oaken Bucket will kick off at noon EST on ESPN2. Purdue leads the overall series 73–41–6, having won the 2017 contest 31-24 in West Lafayette.