Three Keys - Navy at Indiana

Let's get one thing straight right out of the gate. Not playing on the first weekend of the season sucks. While there was wall to wall football from Thursday night's openers all the way through to Florida State and Pittsburgh on Monday night, Navy was nowhere to be found. Finally it is time for the Mids to get their own season underway with a to face Indiana. Here are the three keys to the game.

Let's get one thing straight right out of the gate. Not playing on the first weekend of the season sucks. While there was wall to wall football from Thursday night's openers all the way through to Florida State and Pittsburgh on Monday night, Navy was nowhere to be found. Finally then it is time for the Mids to get their own season underway with a trip to Bloomington to face Indiana. Here are the three keys to the game.

1) Slow down the Hoosiers scoring output

After one week the team that leads the nation in scoring is Indiana. Coming off of a 73-35 destruction of Indiana State the Hoosiers are on pace to score a ridiculous 876 points in 2013. Obviously this scoring pace will slow down as opponents stronger on defense than the Sycamores appear on the schedule, but clearly the Hoosiers up tempo offense is working well right out of the gate. Based on last week the assumption would be that Tre Roberson will start for Indiana under center. If this is the case then Navy will have to look out for the pass and the run in equal measures.

2) Don't be afraid to break from the option

Normally the option is the Mids secret weapon. Given limited time to practice against the formation teams find themselves out thought and out schemed on game day. There are however two times a year when this is not the case: opening day and bowl games. Though this is not technically the opening game for Indiana their coaching staff has not hidden the fact that the weakness of Indiana State allowed them to spend weeks practicing on stopping Navy's option. Using a combo of quarterback Tre Roberson and wide receiver Kofi Hughes the Hoosiers have simulated just about everything they know out of the Academy's playbook in an attempt to mimic Keenan Reynolds. As a result it would a good time for Navy to use the spread looks they have been working in practice to completely disrupt what Indiana wants to do defensively. It will be very interesting to see how this game of cat and mouse works out on Saturday.

3) Win the turnover battle

Indiana is not going to be afraid to fire the ball around the field. They threw 30 passes last week in an attempt to get all the quarterbacks settled into the offense. Navy of course will still look to the option first and one of the most important facets of that style of attack is not losing the ball on long, clock churning drives. If the Navy secondary can jump into a passing lane or two and give the offense good field position then this game will be much easier to win.

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