1. INDIANA WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The change in coordinators should help a wee bit, but the returning experience will mean even more. This was an okay team last season, but it wasn’t consistent enough, and it wasn’t explosive enough offensively.
Expect the passing game to be a whole lot more dangerous – even if it’s not quite as sharp as it was when it dinked-and-dunked last year – and expect the running game to play a bigger role thanks to another big season from RB Stevie Scott.
The issues will be on the lines – they’ll be fine, but not quite good enough in the biggest games. Fortunately, the offensive improvements will overcome that against the mediocre games on the slate.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 5
The Hoosiers will go bum slaying against Ball State, Eastern Illinois and UConn early on, and they’ll beat Rutgers at home with a week off to prepare.
They’ll come up with an upset over someone along the way – like Northwestern at home, or Maryland or Nebraska on the road – but it’ll all come down to the Purdue game … again.
With the season on the line, the Hoosiers won’t be able to get it done to finish with yet another 5-7 campaign.