Indiana Hoosiers Vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels: Game One Preview

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 3:  Bill Lynch, the Head Coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, is pictured against the Ball State Cardinals during the game at Memorial Stadium November 3, 2007 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

After many months of waiting, fans and players alike are ready for the first game of the 2009 college football season.

The Indiana Hoosiers, who last season were a disappointing 3-9, will take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, who went 8-4 last year, including 7-1 in conference.

This fall, fans will finally get to see all the changes made to help improve the team and the experience of going to games.

First, Kellen Lewis is no longer on the team, as he was dismissed in the spring due to violating team rules again.

Second, a number of players on offense and defense switched positions in the spring, including Ray Fisher (WR to CB) and Trea Burgess (LB to RB).

Third, IU installed the "Pistol" offense, which has a running back line up behind the quarterback in the shotgun formation. This gives the running backs some time to see downfield and be able to run better.

Fourth, this spring Indiana completed the North End Zone facility, which closed up the north end zone and added seats behind that, as well as a fantastic athletic facility rivaling some of the best facilities in the country.

The Hoosiers will be led by junior QB Ben Chappell, who started most of last year while Lewis dealt with injuries and poor form, as well as a great defensive end duo in seniors Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton.

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The Colonels return one of the strongest offensive lines in the country with four starters returning, including preseason All-American senior Derek Hardman. They do replace their QB though, with junior Cody Watts winning the job this spring.

The game is scheduled to begin at 8 PM EST on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009.

This is the game everyone has been waiting for, and the Hoosiers should come out with a bang as they did in last year's opener, where they beat Western Kentucky 31-13.

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