College Football Preview: The 2015 Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana Hoosiers Preview
2014 Record: 4-8 (94th of 128)
Odds to Win National Championship: +120000 See the Latest Odds
Overview: 2015 is a make-or-break season for the Indiana Hoosiers. This program has improved under head coach Kevin Wilson, but there’s only so many moral victories the fanbase can accept when it hasn’t witnessed a bowl game since 2007 and only one since 1994. This is probably the biggest season Indiana has had in quite some time.
Offense: Indiana gets back a healthy Nate Sudfeld, who completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,151 yards and six touchdowns before suffering a shoulder injury. Remember, Sudfeld is a guy who threw for 21 touchdowns in 2013 and can really get an offense going. Replacing a 2,000-yard rusher in Tevin Coleman is damn near impossible, but having UAB transfer Jordan Howard will make the transition a lot less painful. Howard rushed for nearly 1,600 yards last season and instantly becomes one of the top runners in the Big Ten. Indiana lost some of its top receivers but has some promising players in J-Shun Harris II, Simmie Cobbs and Dominique Booth. Indiana has the pieces to be one of the top offenses in the Big Ten this season.
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Defense: Indiana must improve a defense that ranked 95th in the country in total defense and allowed 32.8 points. Believe it or not, there was actually improvement from 2013. Time to take that next step. Nate Hoff and Darius Latham is an impressive defensive line duo that consistently makes plays in the backfield. T.J. Simmons proved to be a solid linebacker his sophomore season and Tegray Scales is possibly the most underrated defender in the Big Ten. Safety Chase Dutra showed some flashes of greatness as a freshman with three picks and Rashard Fant has the potential to become a decent cornerback. The one thing holding Indiana back each and every season is the defense. This unit has some playmakers and guys who can change the reputation. It’s really a matter of actually doing it.
Special Teams: Erich Toth returns at punter after averaging 40.6 yards on 77 attempts. Griffin Oakes returns at kicker after making 72.2 percent of 18 field goal attempts.
Overall: Again, this is a make-or-break season for the Hoosiers. Indiana can continue to fall short or finally start playing big boy football and clinch just its second bowl appearance of the 2000s. I think Indiana pulls through and clinches a bowl spot as the talent has greatly improved over the years.