Indiana’s 2014 season is just mere hours away from kicking off. I released my predictions for the coming season earlier this week and, yes, today’s game against Indiana State is one of the seven wins I forecasted for the Hoosiers.
About that South Carolina pick…yeah.
Yesterday, I wrote a feature on junior quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who finally has the starting job to himself and is poised for a big season.
Today sets up well for Indiana to iron out the kinks and get both sides of the ball in the groove before preparing for a huge three-game stretch. No offense to the Sycamores, but they don’t pose much of a challenge for IU.
Most coaches wouldn’t like a bye week after the first game. For Indiana, though, it sets up nicely. It plays one game against a weak opponent, then gets a week to improve in practice before playing at Bowling Green, at Missouri and hosting Maryland.
“If we didn’t have another bye week I would really not like it,” Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said. “Eleven weeks in a row, you kind of get nicked up and beat up. We have a chance to regroup and have a six‑game run and then an open date, and then a five‑game run.”
- Homestead graduate Isaac Griffith, who was injured in a swimming accident during the spring, has progressed throughout fall camp and doesn’t have any limitations, Wilson said. The redshirt freshman wide receiver is a little behind the curve from missing spring drills, but Wilson said he’s competing to be part of the offensive depth chart and should see time on special teams.
- Sophomore Laray Smith has moved from running back to cornerback, according to Wilson. The move was made this fall.
- Backing up Tevin Coleman will be D’Angelo Roberts, Myles Graham, Anthony Davis, Andrew Wilson and Devine Redding.
- Former Indiana standout – and Terre Haute native – Anthony Thompson will be recognized today. He will join the captains for the coin toss and the Hoosiers will wear an “A.T. 32” decal on their helmets.
- Indiana is 5-0 all-time against Indiana State.
- The Hoosiers enter 2014 with the most career offensive line starts in the country: 130.