Couple IU football predictions from ESPN’s Big Ten team

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg has already called Indiana running back Tevin Coleman one of the most underrated players in college football. So it shouldn’t shock anyone that he’s also predicting that Coleman will lead the Big Ten in rushing this fall.

Rittenberg and the rest of the Big Ten bloggers over at ESPN.com unloaded their fearless predictions for the season, and the Hoosiers were featured in a couple of them.

Here’s Rittenberg on Coleman:

Coleman isn’t part of the national discussion like fellow Big Ten backs Melvin Gordon and Ameer Abdullah, but people will know his name come November. The Indiana junior is explosive like Gordon, averaging 7.3 yards per carry last season and tying for the national lead with eight rushes of 40 yards or more, while playing in only nine games. If Coleman can stay healthy, he will put up monster numbers playing behind of the nation’s most underrated lines. He might not win Big Ten offensive player of the year honors, but he’ll be the first IU player to lead the league in rushing since Vaughn Dunbar in 1991.

Also checking in with an IU prediction is Mitch Sherman, who can picture a bowl appearance for the Hoosiers this season:

It’s been too rare an occasion in Bloomington for football season to extend into December. The Hoosiers’ 2007 visit to the Insight Bowl marks the program’s lone postseason appearance in the past two decades. Kevin Wilson’s club possesses plenty of firepower — led by the dynamic trio of Coleman, Nate Sudfeld and Shane Wynn — and just enough defense to forge a .500 record. It’s no simple task to find six wins on this schedule, but Indiana will sweep the Big Ten’s new duo and beat Purdue on Nov. 29 to secure that elusive bowl bid.