A) It wouldn't be a heartbreaking loss.
B) It's possible to think we'll struggle in this game, or that we could lose, without it being attributed to PTSD from past Husker teams.
C) It's fine that you're not impressed by them. Let's compare their numbers to Nebraska's:
@ Florida International 2-4 (Beat FAU and UTEP) - Indiana won 34-13
Ball State 4-2 (Beat FAU, NIU, Georgia St and e. Kentucky) - Indiana won 30-20
Wake Forest 5-1 (Beat Duke, Syracuse, Indiana, Delaware St and Tulane) - Indiana Lost 28-33
Michigan State 2-3 (Beat Furman and Notre Dame) - Indiana Won 24-21
@ Ohio State 5-0 (Beat BGSU, Tulsa, OU, Rutgers and Indiana) - Indiana lost 38-17
PPG - 26.6 (81st)
PAPG - 25 (55th)
Opponent's Combined Record - 18-10
Strength of Schedule - 57th
Fresno State 1-5 (Beat Sacramento State) - Nebraska won 43-10
Wyoming 4-2 (Beat Illinois State and Colorado State) - Nebraska won 52-17
Oregon 2-4 (Beat California-Davis and Virginia) - Nebraska won 35-32
Northwestern 2-3 (Beat Duke and Iowa) - Nebraska won 24-13
Illinois 1-4 (Beat Murray State) - Nebraska won 31-16
PPG - 37 (33rd)
PAPG - 17.6 (17th)
Opponent's Combined Record - 10-15
Strength of Schedule - 82nd
We are definitely a better team on paper. Nobody is disputing that. But the amount that we're better is open to some interpretation, and doesn't have any super compelling evidence either way. Given that this is a sport (aka something where you don't know what will happen), that it's the B1G, that they played OSU tough, and that we have hardly played anyone with a pulse to test the true merit of our own team, it's not unreasonable to expect this game to be a dogfight.
A) Losing to Indiana would break my heart, theres just no reason for it.
B) We have struggled at one time or another in every game thus far, it's not unexpected.
Their body of work is only impressive because they kind of hung with Ohio State for a while, the game was over by the 4th quarter. If we emulate the Buckeye gameplan a bit we should be fine, 4th quarter is our best quarter. It's not going to be a cakewalk, but I don't expect a dogfight either.
Wait a minute.
You didn't mention that Nebraska beat Wyoming which beat Air Force which beat Navy which beat #6 Houston.
But Rutgers is better. So we're no better than #2.