4 keys to Indiana’s game against North Texas

1. Get the passing game back on track: The learning curve continues for Indiana’s young and inexperienced receiving corps. The group was a non-factor against Maryland and looks like it could use some confidence before the Hoosiers hit the Big Ten schedule for good. Nate Sudfeld could be in line for a better day against North Texas, which enters the contest yielding 220 passing yards per game. Like Maryland last week, teams are going to continue stacking the box until the Hoosiers show consistency through the air. At some point, either Sudfeld or his group of receivers need to step up.

2. Win the line of scrimmage: The most surprising area of last week’s loss to Maryland was the Terrapins’ ability to generate a strong push up front. Considered to be among the Hoosiers’ greatest strengths entering the season, the IU O-line struggled mightily, raising concern about a group that has weathered injuries and youth in recent years but seldom looked as poor as it did against the Terps. This week, Indiana needs to show that performance was nothing more than an aberration. North Texas presents a strong pass rush, led by rush end Chad Polk and a few others. Every Mean Green defensive lineman on the two-deep has at least assisted on a sack. If left tackle Jason Spriggs (knee sprain) can’t go, IU needs a big effort from either Dimitric Camiel or Peyton Eckert at left tackle.

3. Make things difficult for Dajon Williams:
For the third consecutive week, the Hoosiers are preparing to face a mobile quarterback. Williams made his first career start two weeks ago against lowly Nicholls State, combining for 244 total yards, while rushing for two touchdowns and passing for three more. Williams appears to be the Mean Green’s most talented and dynamic option under center, but he doesn’t have much experience. The redshirt freshman has directed only 13 of the team’s 54 offensive series this season. He’ll run around to make things happen on the fly, but Indiana will be in good shape if it can bring constant, consistent pressure and contain him before he burns off big plays.

4. Keep Tevin Coleman involved: Coleman’s final line of 122 yards and a touchdown against Maryland is skewed by a couple big runs and a bunch of yards in junk time. The Terps played the run and were rewarded with their first Big Ten win, while setting a template for how to slow down Indiana’s offense. Don’t think a team like North Texas didn’t notice. The Mean Green own one of the nation’s most effective rush defenses, holding opponents to 87.3 rushing yards per game. IU coach Kevin Wilson doesn’t want to hear about North Texas’ Conference USA designation, and he says he believes the Mean Green are more than a product of wins against middling opponents. North Texas can prove it by bottling up Coleman. On the other hand, IU’s offense has shown it needs Coleman to be successful. The Hoosiers’ need to open holes up front and Nate Sudfeld needs to keep the Mean Green defense honest because one thing is certain: this IU team is at its best when Coleman is a factor.

6 comments

  1. …been a lot said on here about these Q’s we have to answer to enable opening up these articles, for a couple of months I refused to do so, now I with glee choose the answer representing the most opposite to my real feeling, action, because the best way to bring about change is by being a little contrary(civil disobedience)…

  2. I won’t answer the questions. I will never answer the questions. It’s insulting…It presents division and a condescendingly attitude of a “we”(the supreme journalists) versus “you”(the beggar of our content). Then, the “we” crowd makes “you” answer the most ridiculous of questions to serve up even added insult of your impotence against the wall that will never include you within the cherished fortress of their club until you lower your shorts at the front door while some runt named Mr. Google Privates obscenely examines your entire search history. The blockade questionnaire is a perversion at all levels its premise. They piss out a story and then become voyeurs to look into your habits. Does it not seem like a rather pathetic and strange motivation to be a reporter/writer/journalist…? It’s become such a valued craft that a reader’s privacy requires invasion for Mr. Google Privates to write you a check. One day someone will knock at your door and place you in your appropriate subgroup….A train will whisk you away and the earth will be cleansed of those without the power to put to the same examination and scrutiny of private behavior those on the other side of the questionnaire wall.

  3. Harv, I’ll bet a pile most people do not answer them honestly and for many of the same reasons you give.

  4. ^^^And that is not an exaggeration. Though posing ever so harmless, the premise behind the use of such follies dangling from small hooks to open a tiny story could not be more sinsister.

  5. Clarion-

    Do you know how to take a screen shot(not talking basketball here)? Do you know how to use the “print screen” key on your keyboard and save it to “clipboard?” You have about 3/10 a second to take a screen shot before the questionnaire blocks the content. It’s not that difficult. Open “clipboard” through Run…. Hold down the control key(ctrl) and push the print screen(Print Screen SysRq) key to take a shot of what’s displayed on your computer screen.

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