B1G Schedule Breakdown: Indiana

Previously: Illinois

Right now: Indiana

2011 Overall Record: 1-11
2011 Big Ten Record: 0-8

Date    Opponent
Sept 1   Indiana State
Sept 8   @ Massachusetts
Sept 15   Ball State
Sept 29   @ Northwestern
Oct 6   Michigan State
Oct 13   Ohio State
Oct 20   @ Navy
Oct 27   @ Illinois
Nov 3   Iowa
Nov 10   Wisconsin
Nov 17   @ Penn State
Nov 24   @ Purdue

Do Not Play

Biggest Game
When the Old Oaken Bucket is up for grabs on November 24th, Indiana will be playing purely for pride and respect. Purdue might be playing for a bit more, which could make things a tad more interesting for Indiana as they might get to play spoiler for what could be a better than advertised Purdue team. I don't see how Indiana wins this game, but as with all rivalries, you never know.

Non-Conference Loss
The MAC is not going to be kind to Indiana. Ball State ruined the opener for Indiana last year, and I think they could be ripe for another upset again. UMass, which is new to the MAC and FBS this season could also give the Hoosiers a run for their money. Indiana State is a win, and I also think Indiana plays inspired football against the Midshipmen and gets a win @ Navy on Oct. 20th.

It's a Trap!
When you're predicted to have double-digit losses, you are the trap game.

The Game Destined for ESPN3.com
The opener against Indiana State.

Final Analysis
On paper, Indiana's season looks bleak. One win last season was brutal for first year coach Kevin Wilson, as their first 4 losses were by a combined 13 points. I predict things will get better for 2012, but not by much. They're fully capable of sneaking up on someone, but I think once the B1G schedule begins, the train will have fully derailed by that point. There's just a certain level of competitiveness in the B1G – especially with the conference on the rise. And unfortunately for the few and the proud Hoosier football fans, Indiana is just not going to be able to keep up this season.

Sorry Indiana, you're a basketball school.

Fearless Predictions
Non-conference record: 2-2
Division Record: 0-5
Crossover Record: 0-3
Overall: 2-10
Bowl: N/A

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