A new format for the Cream and Crimson game


This year’s Cream and Crimson spring football game is going to have two separate teams, but it won’t be like some years when the best offensive and best defensive players are divided among the two teams.

The game will have the first-team offense and second-team defense on one team; and the first-team defense and second-team offense on the other team.

The good points of this format, I think, are that what we’ll see should look something like a real game, not a scrimmage, because there are two separate teams (which hasn’t always been the case in recent years) and we’ll see the first-team offense matched up against the first-team defense.

If there’s a bad side, it’s that you’ll see a lot of the second-team offense playing against the second-team defense, which may not be what fans are looking for, and which could be what decides who wins the scrimmage.

The 3 p.m. game Saturday at Memorial Stadium will have four 12-minute quarters and a 10-minute half. There will be no kickoffs. After a score, the ball will be placed at the 30.

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  • Mike P #1


    Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 12:00 PM EDT

    Doug,

    Which offense (1st or 2nd) will put up the best numbers on Saturday? My money is on 2nd team.

  • Doug #2


    Friday, April 13, 2007 - 7:04 AM EDT

    Mike, I agree with you, in part because I think there will be more of a running game against the second-team defense. That being said, I do think Kellen Lewis will have a good passing day for the No. 1 offense.

  • Mike P #3


    Friday, April 13, 2007 - 1:47 PM EDT

    Doug, I will give you my prediction on Kellen Lewis for Saturday.

    12-19 138 yards, 1 TD, 1 Pick

  • Doug #4


    Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 1:40 PM EDT

    Mike, I would have said I thought Lewis would throw for more yards than that (I think you must have a higher opinion of IU’s DBs than I do), but in this weather 138 yards could be about right.

  • Mike P #5


    Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 1:58 PM EDT

    I was figuring the cold, and rain the receivers would have issues with holding on to the ball. Though yesterday they were really clicking. Couple of great pass plays, and Ray Fisher may be a hidden weapon this year.

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