Hoo Preview ’09: The Schedule

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Danger Zone Games

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The opponent: Indiana Hoosiers, Oct. 10
Television: TBD
The venue: Scott Stadium (61,500)
Playing surface: Grass
2008 record: 3-9 (1-7 Big 10)
Bowl game: DNP
Last year against the Hoos: DNP

Early take: After this game, the music dies. No offense to Hoosier fans but this is the last game on the schedule before the Cavaliers hit an ACC buzzsaw. IU at home is a must win before the Hoos head into the heart of ACC play with a remote hope of a .500 season and postseason play. Virginia’s brutal schedule and Indiana’s status as the consensus worst team in the Big Ten, this is the most overlooked game on the schedule. There is little power on this offense and Indiana sports one of the worst defenses in college football.

Defense: 4-3
Returning starters: 8
2008 PPG Allowed: 35.2
2008 YPP Allowed: 5.8
Defensive Strengths: Defensive ends, safeties
Defensive questions: Run defense, secondary, third down defense, interior defensive line
Defensive players to watch: LB Matt Mayberry, DE Jammie Kirlew, DE Greg Middleton

At a glance: Indiana runs an aggressive 4-3 defense that collects plenty of sacks and tackles for loss but the Hoosiers have problems with spread offenses. Despite good size across the front, they will get pushed around by physical offensive lines. The pass rush is superb but the issue in the pass defense is coverage. Indiana has predominately been a press cover club but is looking to incorporate more Cover 2 this season. The problem with that is in a coverage where safety play is critical, the Hoosiers’ two starters are both coming off ACL injuries.

Offense: Multiple
Returning starters: 6
2008 PPG: 20.5
2008 YPP: 5.4
Offensive strengths: Offensive line, first down rushing efficiency, experience
Offensive questions: