We are lucky today to have David Woods from the Indianapolis Star on the blog with to discuss this weekend’s North Texas-Indiana game.
One can find David’s work on Star’s website and follow him on Twitter at @DavidWoods007
1. Indiana has been all over the map, pulling off the upset of Missouri, while also losing a tight one to Bowl Green and struggling against Maryland. Just how good are the Hoosiers?
Their results make them difficult to evaluate. They played brilliantly at Missouri and deserved to win that one, 31-27. But they were horrific in the second half at Bowling Green (allowing five touchdowns, 375 yards and 27 first downs in one half) and regressed in a 37-15 loss to Maryland. Indiana is probably somewhere in between the team that showed up at Mizzou and the one that was so feeble against Maryland.
2. Tevin Coleman has been terrific and leads the nation in rushing. Talk a little about what makes him a great player.
His acceleration is phenomenal. If he gets past the line of scrimmage, he is a threat to make it all the way to the goal line. I know that’s a cliché, but it is applicable to him. Also, he runs better between the tackles than he did last year. He has six successive 100-yard games, and he has totaled 1,014 yards in those six – half a season.
3. Dan McCarney said that Indiana has improved defensively. Have the Hoosiers made big strides?
They have. Even against Maryland, the defense would have been considered adequate by last year’s standards. The new 3-4 scheme perhaps doesn’t matter as much as the fact that Indiana has more talent and depth on defense. It is still a fragile defense but could seemingly improve throughout the season.
4. How much heat is on Kevin Wilson to win this year? Is this a must-win game for Indiana if it hopes to get to a bowl game?
A sure way to perpetuate a losing football program is to change coaches every three or four years. I don’t detect any inclination that Indiana wants Wilson out. Athletic director Fred Glass is committed to seeing it through under Wilson, whose recruiting has elevated the talent level. But to reach a bowl game, Indiana must beat North Texas.
5. How do you see this one playing out?
I think Indiana will pull itself together and win, but it has been hard to take this team’s temperature. In my preseason predictions, I had Indiana beating Bowling Green and Maryland and losing to Missouri. So I’m a poor forecaster.