IN­DI­ANA over Vir­ginia by 10

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This could be a make-or-break sea­son for Vir­ginia HC Bronco Men­den­hall. He’s man­aged just an 8-17 SU record in two years and even though UVA backed into a bowl at the end of 2017, the Cava­liers were bat­tered, shat­tered, creamed and reamed by Navy in a 49-7 em­bar­rass­ment. De­spite that score, Men­den­hall knows his de­fense is im­prov­ing, gain­ing 81 YPG and 6 PPG com­pared to his first-year squad. They showed up big against Rich­mond to open the sea­son, shut­ting down the Spi­ders in a 42-13 win where they al­lowed only 225 to­tal yards. De­fense is also the story at In­di­ana th­ese days as the Hoosiers’ stop-unit is the most im­proved in the na­tion since Tom Allen’s ar­rival as DC and now head coach. IU squeezed out a tough win-no cover on ther road at FIU last week but its 31-5 SU mark in home open­ers works here, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing the Hoosiers’ record in games it man­ages to win SU as a fa­vorite. Though we have a lot of re­spect for Men­den­hall and his Cavs, Vir­ginia was dou­bled up in a 34-17 In­di­ana win at Char­lottesville last sea­son as a 3.5-point dog. Allen’s troops look to be a lit­tle fur­ther along at this point, too, so we’ll back an IU squad that’s 4-1 ATS as chalk of late, in­clud­ing 2-0 ATS at Bloom­ing­ton. Again.

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