[font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]11. Indiana 3-8 (1-7) (predicted finish)[/font] Two Cent Overview
All of the playmakers on the offense are gone. A few players return on defense. However, Terry Hoeppner has won at lesser schools. There is no Antwaan Randle El here though, so it's going to take a while.
Sept. 2 at Central Michigan (W)
Sept. 10 Nicholls State (W)
Sept. 17 Kentucky (L)
Oct. 1 at Wisconsin (L)
Oct. 8 Illinois (L)
Oct. 15 at Iowa (L)
Oct. 22 Ohio State (L)
Oct. 29 at Michigan State (L)
Nov. 5 Minnesota (W)
Nov. 12 at Michigan (L)
Nov. 19 Purdue (L)
Something To Look For
Competitiveness. It's not like the Hoosiers were just shelled week after week last year. They were "only" beaten by more than two touchdowns four times last year.
Five on offense, ten on defense and the punter.
Linebacker Kyle Killion. Second on the team in tackles last year with 107. He was also second team All Big Ten. Terry Hoeppner is very high on Killion and expecting big things and big time numbers from him.
Most Important Game
Kentucky. If they get by Central Michigan, the Hoosiers could be 2-0 heading into their home game with Kentucky. If they can beat Kentucky, then they are half way to being bowl eligible. The problem is that I don't see three other wins on their schedule.
Best Game to Pack Up The Family Truckster And Travel To
None, really. If you want to experience a road game from the comfort of home, just go to the Ohio State game.
Best Reason They Won't Be Undefeated
Because they play eleven other teams.
Player People Are Expecting Too Much From
If you're expecting too much from a Hoosier, that's your own fault.
Player People Will Be Pleasantly Surprised By
Cornerback Tracy Porter. Had three picks as a freshman last year in half a season until he got injured. Look for continued improvement and plenty of opportunities to make plays, and I mean plenty.
Game On The Schedule That Glen Mason Is Jealous That He Didn't Schedule
Sept. 10: Nicholls State
Something They Do Well
Defend the pass. They didn't do it so well last year, but I think--individually--they have guys that can cover. They have a talented young secondary that will get better each week. An improved pass rush and some timely blitzes will make the secondary look even better.
Attitude. Head coach Terry Hoeppner has his players believing in what he's teaching. Players are having fun again and are willing to do whatever he asks of them to help out. "We want to make sure that when people leave Memorial Stadium that they see that we're having fun and flying around and making things happen." That's gotta count for something, right?
Player Most Likely To Own A Restaurant
John Pannozzo. They would specialize in Indiana-style pizza. Which means the dough is hung on the side of a barn and children throw basketballs at it until supper is ready.
correction: at least 3 Td'sPerfect140 said:OSU has played it close almost every game with Tressel, but Indiana sucks at football just about as bad as any Div 1 school, we win by 3 Td's
After playing two tough teams in a row, this is a great place on the schedule for this cupcake game. Figure out the offense again, and just go away from the shoe and beat the piss out of a weak Indiana team...
Winning solves EVERYTHING.
I think people are giving indiana a little too much credit. They are greatly improved and may not yield 600 yds of offense like we had in 2003 (with a horrible offense), but I don't see this being much of a challenge.
My goal for this game is to see AJ,Carp and Schlegel sitting on the bench laughing the whole 4th Qtr. After two tough games the Def starters need a laugher.