Went to Kroger last night and saw the beginnings of the release of the college football preview magazines. Well, scratch that. I’m not sure if it was the beginnings or not. I also don’t know whether or not the accounting I’m about to give is up to date, because I imagine other publications (Athlon, etc.) are out as well that weren’t on the magazine rack at the Kroger in question.
Anyway, thought you all might like to know what’s out there. What follows are the basics of what Lindy’s, the Sporting News and USA Today said. One general note. Lindy’s and the Sporting News both projected the same starting lineup for IU, which follows. Because it’s similar, it basically means that this lineup was approved by the coaching staff as the top of the post-spring depth chart. That doesn’t mean anything concrete at all, but it gives a (somewhat foggy) window into what the coaching staff is thinking. One thing that stands out is that Tevin Coleman is listed at the starting tailback, which means the annual tradition of Kevin Wilson ragging on Stephen Houston has already begun.
QB: Tre Roberson
RB: Tevin Coleman
WR: Shane Wynn
WR: Cody Latimer
WR: Kofi Hughes
TE: Ted Bolser
LT: Jason Spriggs
LG: Bernard Taylor
C: Collin Rahrig
RG: Dan Feeney
RT: Peyton Eckert
DE: Ryan Phillis
DT: Ralphael Green
DT: Alex Todd
DE: Zack Shaw
LB: Griffen Dahlstrom
LB: David Cooper
LB: Chase Hoobler
CB: Antonio Marshall
CB: Michael Hunter
S: Tim Bennett
S: Greg Heban
K: Mitch Ewald
P: Erich Toth
Indiana’s Projected Big Ten finish: Fourth in Leaders Division
Indiana’s Projected Overall Finish: No. 63
Record/Bowl Game?: Doesn’t Say
IU All-Conference Mentions: Stephen Houston, third team running back; Dan Feeney, third team offensive lineman
Recruiting rank: No. 6 in conference
Their bottom-line IU analysis: “Hopes are as high as they’ve been in a long time despite the Hoosiers’ 4-8 finish in 2012. IU, which was the youngest team in the nation last year, improved from one victory in 2011 to four in Wilson’s second season. Once again, the offense figures to move the ball and put up points, but if Indiana is to play in a bowl game for the first time since 2007, the defense will have to improve.”
Their Big Ten projections: Leaders — 1. Ohio State. 2. Wisconsin. 3. Penn State. 4. Indiana. 5. Purdue. 6. Illinois. Legends — 1. Michigan. 2. Michigan State. 3. Nebraska. 4. Northwestern. 5. Minnesota. 6. Iowa
Their overall Top 10: 1. Alabama. 2. Ohio State. 3. Stanford. 4. Oregon. 5. Texas A&M. 6. Georgia. 7. Clemson. 8. LSU 9. South Carolina. 10 Louisville.
Indiana’s Projected Big Ten Finish: Fifth in Leaders Division
Projected Overall Finish: Doesn’t Say
Record/Bowl Game?: Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl
All Conference Mentions: None. They just did a first team
Recruiting Rank: No. 5 in the Big Ten
Their IU Bottom Line: “Indiana is moving forward, but it’s a slow process. The Hoosiers must learn how to turn moral victories into real ones. Contention is a long way off.”
Their Big Ten projections: Leaders – 1. Ohio State (Rose Bowl). 2. Wisconsin (Gator Bowl). 3. Penn State (ineligible). 4. Purdue (Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas) 5. Indiana (Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl). 6. Illinois. Legends — 1. Michigan (Fiesta Bowl) 2. Nebraska (Capital One Bowl). 3. Northwestern (Outback Bowl). 4. Michigan State (Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl). 5. Minnesota (Heart of Dallas Bowl). 6. Iowa.
Their Top 10: 1. Alabama 2. Stanford. 3. South Carolina. 4. Florida. 5. Ohio State. 6. Oklahoma State. 7. Texas A&M. 8. Oregon. 9. Clemson. 10 Notre Dame.
Indiana’s Big Ten projected finish: Fourth in Big Ten Leaders Division
Indiana’s projected overall finish: Doesn’t say
Record/Bowl Game: 5-7 overall, 3-5 in the Big Ten
All Conference Mentions: None, only one team selected
Recruiting: Indiana given a B+ grade. Ohio State was the only Big Ten team given an A and Nebraska the only one that matched the B+. However, the opening line in the blurb supporting it was “For the resources they have, they did a good job.”
Their IU Bottom Line: “Whoever winds up starting at quarterback has good weapons, including TE Ted Bolser and an improving (if still young) defense. Anything better than .500 would be a big surprise. With eight games at home and a burgeoning sense of confidence under Kevin Wilson, a surprise could be coming.”
Big Ten Projections: Leaders — 1. Ohio State. 2. Wisconsin. 3. Penn State. 4. Indiana. 5. Purdue. 6. Illinois. Legends —1. Nebraska. 2. Michigan. 3. Northwestern. 4. Michigan State. 5. Iowa. 6. Minnesota.
Top 10: 1. Alabama. 2. Ohio State 3. Stanford. 4. Georgia. 5. Oregon. 6. Boise State. 7. Texas A&M. 8. Clemson. 9. Nebraska. 10. Florida.
(Dustin’s Note: This wasn’t originally included before I got an e-mail from Steve Lassan from Athlon when this was initially posted. Lassan actually sent me everything I was looking for directly so that I can literally just cut and paste this. So point being, thanks a lot to Steve Lassan.)
TE Ted Bolser
OG Dan Feeney