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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Navy Midshipmen Free Pick 9/7/13

Navy Midshipmen (0-0) at Indiana Hoosiers (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 74 See the Latest Odds


The Navy Midshipmen will have their work cut out for them as Navy heads to Indiana to face the Hoosiers and their potent offensive attack.

The Indiana Hoosiers will be looking to improve their mark to 2-0 on the season as the Hoosiers host Navy on Saturday. The Hoosiers led all of college football in points scored in their opening week, putting up 73 against Indiana State. The Hoosiers still lack a complete team, especially on defense, but under Kevin Wilson their has been steady growth with the Hoosier offensive attack. Indiana was led by Sudfeld at quarterback on Saturday. Sudfeld threw for four scores and 219 yards, while completing a healthy 12/17. Indiana is very much a balanced offense, which was evident on Saturday as the Hoosiers rushed for a combined 313 yards, and were led by Coleman, who gained 169 yards on just 14 attempts. The Hoosier defense is a concern, especially when this team enters Big Ten play, but with an attack like the Hoosiers possess, the Hoosiers could be a thorn in the sides of quite a few opponents this season.

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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Navy Midshipmen Free Pick 9/7/13

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The Navy Midshipmen will be playing their season opener on Saturday when the Midshipmen face off against the Hoosiers in Indiana. The Midshipmen played solid ball in 2012, going 8-5 while finally falling to the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 62-28. The Midshipmen are a tough running team with their triple option attack. Navy only attempted 172 pass attempts on the year last season, some teams accomplish that number by the end of their third game. Navy presents a challenge for anyone as their offense is unique and hard to prepare for. The Hoosier defense will be tested for sure, especially when it comes to playing sound assignment football and not getting caught up in all the misdirection this offense likes to use.

The line has jumped around on this one, with the early money looking to be on the Hoosiers. Indiana opened up at -9 to Navy, and within 12 minutes of open, the line jumped to 9.5, and at one time was all the way up to -13.5. The number has since settled to -12.5 for the Hoosiers.

I am a Kevin Wilson fan. I followed Wilson at Northwestern, and when he went to Oklahoma, he was one of the pioneers of the fast, no-huddle attacks that are so widely used today. The Hoosiers will be able to score on anyone, the story here is whether or not Indiana can contain the option attack of Navy. There isn’t much of a sample size this season of course, but last year the Hoosiers really struggled against the run, allowing more than 236 yards per game on average, ranking the Hoosiers 112th in the nation against the ground attack.

The total is a tempting play here, but I think the best bet is on the midshipmen. Navy’s ground attack should give the Hoosiers problems, and while Indiana will score, I think Navy will get theirs as well. I also like the Midshipmen to win the clock battle, keeping the ball away from the Hoosiers and their high powered attack. Take Navy here on Saturday.

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