Indiana will look to rebound from last week's unexpected home loss to Navy when it meets a tough Bowling Green squad at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington on Saturday. The Hoosiers and Falcons are scheduled to kickoff at 12:00pm ET on ESPNU. Indiana is listed as a -2.5 against the spread and -140 moneyline favorite in the latest NCAA College Football Odds from 5Dimes; the Over/Under is set at 62.5 points. Bowling Green is drawing +120 odds ($100 wins $120) to pull off the upset.
With 19 starters returning to Bloomington, many feel the 2013 Hoosiers could be the best team Indiana has fielded in over a decade, but Kevin Wilson's troops have already suffered one unexpected setback.
Indiana welcomed Navy to Memorial Stadium last weekend and the Hooisers, lined as a 13.5 point home favorite, were projected to cruise to an easy win over the Middies. That, however, did not happen.
Indiana's offense, under the direction of sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld, was exceptional, moving the ball at will against Navy's defense, the problem, though, was the Hoosiers inability to get the Midshipmen off the field.
Navy produced one successful clock eating drive after another, pounding out 551 total yards (444 of which came on the ground) en route to a 41-35 road win.
Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, who are slated to butt heads with Missouri next weekend, they have another difficult assignment on Saturday.
The name Bowling Green may not illicit a great deal of fear among Indiana fans, but the Falcons are legit. Dave Clawson fielded the MAC's best defense a season ago (16.8 points and 297 yards per game allowed), and it is even stronger this year with nine starters and 27 lettermen back.
Bowling Green hproved as much in its first two games, crushing Tulsa, which always brings a quality offense, 34-7 and Kent State 41-22.
The Golden Hurricane produced 12 first downs and 273 yards against the Falcons while the Golden Flashes amassed 15 first downs and 302 total yards. Perhaps most impressive, though, was the defensive display Bowling Green put on in the second half of the Kent State game.
The Falcons led the hosting Golden Flashes 24-22 at the break, setting up what appeared to be a competitive second half. Bowling Green puts the clamps on after the break, holding its conference rival to 65 yards in 28 plays (2.32 yards per play).
Bowling Green vs Indiana NCAA College Football Odds
Bowling Green Falcons +2.5 (-110), Over 62.5 (-110), +120 (Moneyline)
Indiana Hoosiers -2.5 (-110), Under 62.5 (-110), -140 (Moneyline)
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