Thursday, June 9, 2016

Indiana Hoosiers 2016 outlook

Indiana Hoosiers

2015 record: 6-7, 2-6 Big Ten East

2016 schedule:

Sept. 1 (Thu.) at Florida International
Sept. 10 vs Ball State
Sept. 24 vs Wake Forest
Oct. 1 vs Michigan State
Oct. 8 at Ohio State
Oct. 15 vs Nebraska
Oct. 22 at Northwestern
Oct. 29 vs Maryland
Nov. 5 at Rutgers
Nov. 12 vs Penn State
Nov. 19 at Michigan
Nov. 26 vs Purdue

The story of the 2015 Indiana Hoosiers turned out to be close call after close call in losses to teams such as the Michigan Wolverines and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Despite the tough breaks, Indiana made its first bowl appearance since the 2007 season in the Pinstripe Bowl, but lost a nail-biter to Duke, 44-41 in overtime.

After signing a 6-year deal to remain at Indiana in the off-season, coach Kevin Wilson will look to build upon the improvement and take the next step towards being relevant in the stacked Big Ten Eastern division, which features Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. 

Players To Watch For- Redshirt senior right guard Dan Feeney:

After being named to the Associated Press All-American first team last season, Feeney will look to continue to be leader of the offensive line.

In 37 career starts, Feeney has allowed one sack in 2,719 snaps and did not a allow one in 2015.

Redshirt junior quarterback Richard Lagow:

Lagow comes to Indiana with lofty expectations after passing for 2,285 yards last season at Cisco Community College (Texas).

The connection between Lagow and senior wide receiver Ricky Jones will be vital to the success of the Hoosiers in 2016.

Senior wide receiver Ricky Jones:

Jones finished sixth in the conference last season with 906 yards and is expected to be one of Lagow's go-to guys.

Three games of 100 yards or more against Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Rutgers, along with an 89-yard performance on four catches against Duke in the Pinstripe Bowl could give Jones enough momentum to break out for multiple touchdowns in 2016.

Key Game- Oct. 1 vs Michigan State:

With the possibility of Indiana being 3-0 going into conference play, a primetime home game against defending Big Ten champion Michigan State could make or break the season.

Michigan State has won the last seven in the series, including a 52-26 win against Indiana on Oct. 24, 2015 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI.

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