With Big Ten Media Day just over a week away, we decided it’s time to start breaking the conference down team-by-team. Up next: Indiana.

2006 Record: 5-7 (3-5 Big Ten)
Projected 2007 Finish: 10th
Returning Starters: 17
Head Coach: (See below)
Best Player: WR James Hardy

5 Reasons for Optimism
- Eric Gordon could be Freshman of the Year... too bad he plays basketball
- WR James Hardy caught 10 TD passes last year
- Their hardest nonconference game is Western Michigan
- Stud kicker in Austin Starr, who will never see the light of day
- (Thinking....) OK, we're done here

5 Reasons for Pessimism
- Does anyone know the name of the IU interim coach? Anyone at all?
- Hardy spent the offseason beating up his girlfriend
- They haven't played in a bowl game since 1993...
- ... That means not even Antwaan Randle-El could save these losers
- Ranked 109th in total defense last year (out of 119)

You gotta cheer for the Hoosiers after the tragic death of Terry Hoeppner, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. They could even theoretically start 4-0 until they start playing real football teams and take it up the tailpipe.

That's something you don't see every day...

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