The Indiana Hoosiers have lost four straight games to drop their record to 2-4, but that doesn’t mean they don’t possess one of the more potent offense’s in the country. The Hoosiers boast a tremendous aerial attack and no matter how far behind they get, they always feel like they have a chance. The Northwestern Wildcats and Ohio State Buckeyes can attest to that.
In late September the Hoosiers trailed the Wildcats 27-0 at the half, but they managed to get within eight points before ultimately losing 44-29. Last week they were in a similar predicament against the Buckeyes. Indiana was down 52-34 with only four minutes left, but managed to climb within three before losing 52-49. They even forced the Buckeyes to recover an onside kick to preserve the victory.
The reason the Hoosiers are able to score so quickly is because their passing attack can compete with anyone in the nation. They are averaging over 35 points a game and are ranked 15th overall with 313 passing yards per contest.
Indiana fans haven’t had much to cheer for in recent years, so just getting close to some of the better Big 10 teams may be looked at as some improvement. Coach Kevin Wilson, however, isn’t just interested in being competitive, he wants to win games. If the Hoosiers plan to see better results in the win column then they will need to improve their defense. Last week’s game against Ohio State, where they gave up 52 points, is a great example of how you need to be effective on both sides of the ball to beat one of the nation’s top teams.
This week they will get a chance to break their losing streak against Navy. The Midshipmen are great on the ground as they average 231 yards per game. Meanwhile the Hoosiers have struggled against mobile quarterbacks this season as they gave up 149 yards and a score to Braxton Miller and 161 yards and three touchdowns to Kain Colter. Navy runs the triple option and expect quarterbacks Keenan Reynolds and Trey Miller to try and exploit Indiana’s weakness.
Wilson paid a visit to Air Force in the summer to learn more about the option and the best way to defend it. On Saturday he is going to be tested on what he has learned.
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