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Week 5 Opponent Links: Indiana

by Chris Johnson (@ChrisDJohnsonn)

There are fewer FBS programs with less distinguished histories and more abominable track records than Indiana football. This much you already know. The purpose of these weekly links is to serve up a nice heaping of what you don't know. Here's one gem that may have slipped under the national college football radar: After just three games, Indiana has already doubled its win total from last season (1). For more interesting line items on Northwestern's first Big Ten opponent, all of your queries will be answered here.

- It's hard not to be impressed by Paul Myerberg's comprehensive preview work over at Pre-Snap Read, the go-to college football blog for in-depth preview material. He profiles every FBS team before Fall kickoff, Hoosiers included.

- If you're not an ESPN Insider, you can't read this extensive Blue Ribbon preview of Indiana.

- Massive gameplan alterations were in order once Tre Roberson, IU's dazzling dual-threat quarterback, suffered a broken leg in the second game of the season. See what Roberson is doing to help the Hoosiers' other quarterbacks.

- Coach Kevin Wilson took some risks in the Hoosiers' 41-39 loss to Ball State last week. Find out what they were, and how they impacted the outcome.

- We know the Big Ten is down this year. But check out which IU columnist went as far as to make a strong case for the Hoosiers to end up in the league title game this December.

- Stop me if you've heard this before, supporters of Northwestern: Indiana has the offense to compete for a Big Ten title, but the defense is sorely lacking.

- SB Nation, and its sleek new web interface redesign, pinpoint what to expect out of this weekend's matchup.

- Despite suffering a hip pointer against Ball State, sophomore quarterback Cameron Coffman will be under center leading the first team offense against the Wildcats. Speaking of Coffman, what should the Wildcats expect from Roberson's replacement?

- I conjured my statistical acumen for a brief, three-pronged numerical preview of this year's Hoosiers.

- The suddenly stingy Northwestern defense won't prevent an offensive explosion in Evanston Saturday.