Predicting the 2009 Iowa Hawkeye Football Season: Indiana

B.Senior Analyst IAugust 24, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 01:  Quarterback Ben Chappell #4 of the Indiana Hooisers moves to hand off the ball during the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Memorial Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

After finishing the 2008 season ranked 97th in the country in scoring offense and ranked 107th in total defense, I was amazed to learn that the Indiana Hoosiers were deciding to go ahead with their 2009 season.Β 

My amazement was also fueled by Indiana losing its main offensive contributors in RB Marcus Thigpen and WR Andrew Means. Then it dismissed its talented quarterback, Kellen Lewis, due to continued team violations.

Everyone should give the Hoosiers credit for not forfeiting the 2009 season.

While Indiana has question marks at quarterback and running back, it also has a few questions about its run defense. DE Greg Middleton is as good as they get, but the rest of his teammates are going to have to step it up a notch if they want to improve upon last year's performance.

The offense, however, does have something to be optimistic about. The offensive line returns five starters from last year, which should benefit QB Ben Chappell, but this is an offensive line that allowed a ton of sacks last year. Since Chappell is more of a passer, the offensive line is going to have to drastically improve upon its sacks allowed.

Another thing going against Indiana this year is its ridiculous stretch of games. They face Ohio State, Virginia, Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Penn State one after the other. This will not be easy for the Hoosier defense, and they should consider themselves lucky if they win even one of these games.

So, what is this Hawkeye nerd's fearless prediction for the outcome of the game?

Iowa 35, Indiana 10

This is a home game for Iowa, and the Hawkeyes dominate this one in every area. Iowa gains over 250 yards rushing and 250 yards passing, putting them over 500 yards of total offense in the game.

The Iowa defense also shuts down every attempt that the Indiana offense tries to muster. Iowa racks up four sacks and two interceptions in this game.

This win puts the Hawkeyes at 8-1 on the season. Hopes are running high for the Hawkeye Nation.Β 

Up next in the series of fearless predictions for the 2009 Iowa Football Season: Northwestern.

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