2012 Preview: Indiana

With just over 40 days until Michigan State kicks off the 2012 season we continue our early preview of each game of the season. In the sixth game of the season the Spartans will travel to Bloomington to battle Indiana.

Here is an early look at Michigan State's game six opponent.

Indiana Hoosiers

GAME #6 – Sat. OCT 6 – MEMORIAL STADIUM – 12:00 PM ET

Head Coach Kevin Wilson – 2nd Season

2011 Record 1 - 11 overall, 0 - 7 Big Ten

Previous Meetings The Spartans and Hoosiers have battled 58 times dating back to 1922. The Spartans hold a 41-15-2 advantage over the Hoosiers including their meeting last season in Spartan Stadium that they won 55 – 3.

Indiana's Key Games

Sept. 15 Ball State
Oct. 6 Michigan State
Oct. 13 Ohio State
Nov. 10 Wisconsin

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

OFFENSE: Three of Indiana's top players are on offense as running back Stephen Houston, quarterback Tre Roberson and tight end Ted Bolser are key to the Hoosiers offensive attack. The offensive line was overmatched last season and four starters are expected to return. Is this a good thing? We'll soon see if the line can open up holes for one of the best unknown backs in the Big Ten in Houston. The problem is there is just not enough talent for Wilson to battle each week in the Big Ten.

DEFENSE: Adam Replogle will anchor the defensive front and get help from linebacker Jacarri Alexander and safety Mark Murphy. But will they be enough to keep teams off the scoreboard? No, and that is a major problem with a tough schedule.

OVERALL

The youth movement continues for Wilson after several players have left the program. There are some players to keep your eye on, but not enough yet to battle a tough Big Ten schedule with the likes of Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin all at home.

One thing that is for sure, Wilson will be pushing his players to take the Hoosiers program to the next level and in time he might get things turned around. It's not going to happen overnight, or during the 2012 season. But in time, Wilson could finally get the program to the level many felt Terry Hoeppner was headed before his passing.


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