Indiana Hoosiers 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 72
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 88

The Indiana Hoosiers thought 2009 was going to be their year. The team started the season 3-0 and confidence was high. Unfortunately for them, they finished the season 1-8 and were exposed in many areas. The team will be fun to watch, with a high flying air attack, but it is unlikely they will get a bowl bid.

Senior quarterback Ben Chappell returns after throwing for 2,941 yards last season. His top two receiving options return as well in Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher. These tall receivers combined for over 1,700 yards receiving and are arguably the best receiving duo in the Big Ten. Partially because of their porous defense, Indiana will likely rely on the passing game once again.

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The offensive line is serviceable, with three starters coming back. The biggest loss will be Roger Saffold, the prized tackle who was drafted 33rd overall. The running game didn’t do much damage behind the offensive line, but that may not be the line’s fault. Leading rusher Darius Willis had only 643 yards rushing, but averaged an impressive 4.9 yards per carry. If the Hoosiers were more committed to the running game, they might have had more success.

It’s a good thing Indiana’s offense has the ability to score, because its defense lacks the ability to stop anyone. The defense gave up almost 30 points per game in 2009 and lost most of its best players. Only one of the top nine tacklers from last year, linebacker Tyler Replogle, is back in 2010. The loss of the dynamic duo of defensive ends, Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton, will really hurt this team. The team is switching the positions of four players in order to provide depth on the roster.

With an easy non-conference schedule to begin the season, Indiana should again get off to a good start. The defensive issues will show themselves against better competition though, and the Hoosiers will have a hard time keeping up in the Big Ten.

Indiana’s odds to win the Big Ten: +3000

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