Week 3 Preview: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Bowling Green State Falcons

Mackey Award TE of the week Ted Bolser - Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a disappointing loss to Navy, the Hoosiers try to rebound against Bowling Green.

What Happened Last Week: That's exactly the question Hoosier fans are asking themselves after Navy rolled into the Rock and triple optioned over, around, and through the Hoosiers on their way to a 41-35 win. The defense stopped Navy exactly 0 times (no one around here is counting the end of half missed field goal as a legitimate stop), and the offense couldn't bail out the defense this time, as Tre Roberson didn't produce a score on either drive he led, and Nate Sudfeld's first drive interception turned out to be very costly in the end.

Series History: Surprisingly, this is the first ever meeting between the Hoosiers and the BGSU Falcons. This also marks the lone appearance for a Mid-American Conference team on the IU schedule this year.

Viewing Info: A noon kickoff on ESPNU; coming off last week's loss, this might be the first big test of the IU student section's commitment to showing up for this team.

Indiana Notes: Many in the Hoosier fanbase are convinced that Nate Sudfeld's outing last week might earn him the start this week. Sudfield and current starter Tre Roberson are listed as co-starters on the most recent depth chart, leaving Cam Coffman as the undisputed #3. Senior TE Ted Bolser won the Mackey Award as the best tight end in the nation this week, and is on the watch list for the year-long award. This is the 3rd of Indiana's 5 straight home games to begin the season.

Bowling Green Notes: The Falcons come into this game 2-0, with decisive wins over Tulsa and Kent State. BGSU is in Ohio, not Kentucky as many people assume.

Prediction: Vegas started this game as IU -4, and the spread has dropped to IU -2.5 as of this writing. After watching our defense last week, I certainly can't blame them for that. We shall see this Saturday if last week's embarrassment was a fluke result of facing the triple option, or the first sign that this defense yet again has plenty of issues needing resolved. I still like us to win this game, but it's gonna be a shoot out unless the defense comes ready to fight. IU 45 - BGSU 31

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