We're Talkin' Schedules - Indiana

Previously: Illinois

Up now: Indiana

2010 Overall Record: 5-7
2010 Big Ten Record: 1-7

Non-Conference Opponents
9/3: Ball State (4-8)
9/10: Virginia (4-8)
9/17: South Carolina State (9-3)
9/24: @ North Texas (3-9)

Divisional Opponents
10/1: Penn State
10/8: Illinois
10/15: @ Wisconsin
11/5: @ tOSU
11/26: Purdue

Crossover Opponents
10/22: @ Iowa
10/29: Northwestern
11/19: @ Michigan State

Do Not Play

If You Only Watch One Indiana Game in 2011: It better be Penn State. For some reason this game intrigues me. I like Kevin Wilson, IU's brand new coach. I think he's one of the great up-and-comers in the league. I like this game because I think IU can hang with the Nittany Lions. There's no question 2011 is going to be rough in Bloomington, but this game is early enough in the schedule that an upset might be possible. Plus Penn State could still be ironing out their issues at QB.

Non-Conference Loss: Most would likely pick Virginia on 9/10. But I wouldn't count out South Carolina State. IU is going to need to regroup quick under their new coach, and there could be some hiccups along the way.

It's a Trap!: Well, to be fair, IU could be more of a trap game for other B1G opponents, but not likely. I would say South Carolina State is IU's biggest trap simply because they are an FCS team...but it doesn't really fit the true definition of a "trap" game.

The Game Destined for ESPN3.com: Again, take your pick. Any of their non-conference games would qualify. And probably Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern or Michigan State.

Final Analysis: Let me be clear. The bar is not set very high in Bloomington for 2011. And although I think better things are in place for a few years down the road, it's going to be a bumpy road. It always has been for Indiana. But I'm going to be keeping an eye on Kevin Wilson.

Fearless Predictions
Non-conference record: 2-2
Division Record: 1-4
Crossover Record: 0-3
Overall: 3-9

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