After a very productive week 1, Indiana hosts the Navy Midshipmen this Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The game kicks off around 6pm on the Big Ten Network.
Week 1 Recap: In a game that probably wasn't as close as the final score indicates, the Hoosiers defeated the Sycamores 73-35. All three of the potential Hoosiers starting quarterbacks played significant minutes, with Tre Roberson getting the official start. Indiana offensive lineman Jake Reed was ejected in the first half for throwing a punch, and Indiana State defensive back Carlos Aviles was ejected due to the new "targeting" rule after an unnecessary hit on Shane Wynn on a punt return.
Series History: As per the weekly IU release, Indiana leads the overall series 2-1. Last year, Navy beat the Hoosiers 31-30 in Annapolis. Indiana led late into the game, before a Parrish Gaines interception with just over a minute and a half left in the game sealed the win for the Midshipmen, and sending Indiana to its 5th consecutive loss.
Navy Notes: This is the season opener for Navy. In 2012, they finished 8-5, with a loss to Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy was 4-1 in road games last season, with their only loss coming at Penn State.
Indiana Notes: Last week's 73 point output has the Hoosiers leading the nation in scoring. The Hoosiers finished just shy of a school record for points in a game, held by a 1901 shellacking of Franklin College 76-0.
Hoosier Injury Report: Tre Roberson suffered bruised ribs against Indiana State, but is expected to be ready to play against Navy. Shane Wynn was shaken up by an illegal hit on a punt return, but returned to full practice on Tuesday and is also expected to be ready to go on Saturday.
Prediction: Indiana put up an impressive showing against the Sycamores. If not for a couple miscues at the end of the first half, that game could have been much more out of hand. Navy's triple option might slow the Hoosiers down, but if the defense can play a little stronger than last year's, it should be quite doable to come home with the win. I'm calling it Indiana 42 - Navy 24.