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2013 Indiana Hoosiers
Odds and Schedule
Having four wins may not look that great, but considering Indiana only had one in 2011, it's quite a step forward. Not to mention, the Hoosiers lost four games by four points or less last year. Their defense may be really bad, but they are no longer a free win for most teams in the Big Ten schedule. It should also be noted they were one of the youngest teams in the country last year.
As expected, oddsmakers and bettors give the Hoosiers no chance in the BCS Title picture. They are list at odds of 1500 to 1 to win the BCS Title at 5 Dimes Sportsbook.
Once again, the Hoosiers will be led by their offense that returns 10 starters. That includes all three quarterbacks as long as they stay healthy. Cameron Coffman was the starter last year when Tre Roberson broke his leg, but Nate Sudfeld also saw time. Having a three-way battle at QB isn't really a problem considering they were the top passing team in the Big Ten last season. Also returning are their top four wide receivers, top two running backs and four of their linemen. When you're a young team, you tend to get many returnees and that's exactly how it is for Indiana.
The same can be said about the defense who returns eight starters. The problem for them is that they were last in most statistical categories in Big Ten play last year. Combining experience along with what many are calling Indiana's best recruiting class ever; the Hoosiers have a chance to make a complete team.
2013 Indiana Hoosiers Football Schedule
Aug. 29 vs. Indiana State
Sept. 7 vs. Navy
Sept. 14 vs. Bowling Green
Sept. 21 vs. Missouri
Oct. 5 vs. Penn State
Oct. 12 at Michigan State
Oct. 19 at Michigan
Nov. 2 vs. Minnesota
Nov. 9 vs. Illinois
Nov. 16 at Wisconsin
Nov. 23 at Ohio State
Nov. 30 vs. Purdue
Head coach Kevin Wilson couldn't be happier with this season's schedule as Indiana opens with five straight home games. Sure, this is Indiana football we're talking about so nothing comes easy, but games at home should help. The Hoosiers should be favorites in their first three games, although not by much. If their defense can improve, they should be wins.
While Indiana may start the season with a winning record, their Big Ten schedule likely will not. They open at home against Penn State which should be a close game, but then have to travel to the two Michigan schools in back-to-back road games. Later down the road, they will have two more back-to-back road games at Wisconsin and Ohio State. The good thing with all those tough opponents on the road, they'll be getting easier tests at home against Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue.
Indiana had one win in 2011, four wins in 2012 and could be on their way to six wins and a trip to a bowl game if they continue their upward trend. If their offense improves, they should be able to compete with anyone. Keep in mind, they lost to undefeated Ohio State 52-49 last year.
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