Saturday’s matchup between the University of Indiana Hoosiers and the Midshipmen of Navy will be an early evening game for offensive football fans to tune into. This will most likely be a game where the offenses terrorize the opposition’s defense. The over-under for our gambling fans is set at 65 points for this matchup. The over seems to be a popular bet, as both of these teams hang their hats on their offensive prowess.
Navy comes into Bloomington to begin their season a week late compared to most other college football programs. Last week, coach Kevin Wilson led his Hoosiers team to a victory over Indiana State at home in Memorial Stadium, racking up 73 points along the way.
Were the Hoosiers that good? Were they that excited for a season opener against an in-state team? More than likely it was the matchup.
The Navy offense is known for their ability to effectively execute the triple option when most college football programs have abandoned this style of play. We are seeing a renaissance of sorts in football at all levels. Coaches for a long time have tried to adapt a pro-style offense. This scheme features a fullback and halfback or in most instances, just a lone running back.
The renaissance that I speak of is the willingness of coaches to play to the strengths and talents of the personal they have available to them. We are seeing more schools implement the use of a run option and many teams are lining up in a pistol formation at times. Navy has stuck with their triple option when other schools moved away from this style of play, and now we are seeing the effectiveness of various offensive schemes.
Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo loves to use various formations and keep the opposition on their toes. Expect Navy to attack the Hoosiers defense relentlessly and in a creative manner way throughout the contest. If Indiana expects to fill gaps to stop the Midshipmen from executing their option run game, expect Navy to counter with a capable short passing attack.
Indiana fans are well aware of what their offense can do and unfortunately for Navy, stopping one of the top rated Big Ten offenses from a year ago and top scoring offense from week one will be a very daunting challenge. The best bet for Navy will be to keep the ball in front of them and take advantage of any opportunity to get a takeaway off of the Hoosiers offense.
Fans can expect a high-scoring affair with Navy giving Indiana more than they expected for a second-straight year. The Hoosiers should escape with a victory to begin their season 2–0 but to do so, the Hoosiers defense will need to be prepared for a Navy team that will hold nothing back in their attempt at a second-straight upset over the Hoosiers.