The Indiana Hoosiers will win at least six games next season and become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.
Indiana will have eight—yes, I said eight—home games next season.
Despite the fact that Indiana students are too occupied at one of college football’s most underrated and undiscovered tailgates, home field advantage still exists in Bloomington, IN.
But more encouraging than any amount of fans at home or on the road was the progress made last season. The Hoosiers went 4-8 in 2012 and due to Ohio State and Penn State’s postseason banns there was a two week span where Indiana was still playing for a spot in the Big Ten championship game.
Here is what you probably don’t know, though. Of those eight losses, Indiana lost four of them by four points or less. And they weren’t against teams in the same situation either. A three point loss to the Buckeyes at home and a four point loss to Michigan State were both games that reinforce the belief that the Hoosiers aren’t too far from bowl-eligible success.
In fact, if it weren’t for a one point loss to Navy and a two point loss to Ball State, the Hoosiers would have been bowl eligible last season.
It was really that close.
In 2013, sophomore QB Tre Roberson will be coming off of his 2012 season ending injury with head coach Kevin Wilson, and the Hoosiers’ chances are riding on his versatile athletic ability. I expect progress and development during a solid bounce back campaign for Roberson this season. Not to mention, Wilson’s track record with QB’s while he was at Oklahoma is the blue print of growth for Roberson.
What could be even more mind blowing than having eight home games? Indiana’s first five games are at home. The Hoosiers aren’t on the road until Oct. 12 when they travel to Michigan State.
With the usual punching bag opponents scheduled at the beginning of the season, Indiana should be able to pull off wins against three-to-five of their Big Ten opponents. I believe Indiana will go 7-5 or 8-4 in 2013 and play in a bowl game for the first time in six years.