The Orlando Sentinel has ranked all 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country. The Sentinel staff will take a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 125 to our projected No. 1 team.

Today at No. 75: Indiana

Coach: Kevin Wilson (4-8, third season; 5-19 overall)

2012 record: 4-8 (2-6 in Big Ten Conference, fifth in Leaders Division)

Look back: Indiana has had a rough go of it when it comes to its football program. The Hoosiers haven’t had a winning season since 2007 and haven’t won more than seven games in two decades. In 2011 —  Kevin Wilson’s first — IU only won one game, but the Hoosiers showed improvement in 2012 with four victories and could have done better if they hadn’t lost starting quarterback Tre Roberson to a broken leg in the first game of the season.

Offensive starters returning: 10

Offensive starters lost: 1

Defensive starters returning:  9

Defensive starters lost: 2

Key losses: C Will Matte, DT Larry Black, DT Adam Replogle

Top returnees: QB Cameron Coffman, RB Stephen Houston, WR Shane Wynn, S Greg Heban, LB David Cooper, S Mark Murphy

Strengths: Roberson’s injury was a major blow for Wilson and the Hoosiers because big things were expected from the freshman dual-threat quarterback. However, Indiana moved forward and was still able to produce the second-ranked offense in the Big Ten last season with the team averaging 442 yards per game. IU also had the No. 1 passing attack (311.2 ypg), with sophomore Cameron Coffman and freshman Nate Sudeld sharing the signal-calling duties. Roberson’s return means the team will have just about its entire offense intact from last season. Ten starters return, including four from an offensive line that only allowed 17 sacks last season.

Weaknesses: While the passing attack soared, the rushing attack struggled to gain footing and the Hoosiers finished close to the bottom of the league in rushing offense (130.8 ypg). Some of adversity can be attributed to the loss of Roberson, who rushed for close to 500 yards in 2011. Stephen Houston returns to provide stability in the backfield. The fifth-year senior rushed for 749 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. While the offense was at the top of the Big Ten, the defense was at the other end of the spectrum, finishing last in the conference in total defense (463.5 ypg). The group gave up a league-worst 231.3 yards per game on the ground and will need to see improvement from the front line if this team wants to see improvement. The Hoosiers do return nine starters on the defense, including four of its top five tacklers.

Outlook: Indiana was one of the youngest teams in the country last season and it showed at times. That being said, the offense was stellar and having Roberson back for a full season can only be a good thing. The defense needs vast improvement, especially with a schedule that features road games against Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State. While IU won’t win a Big Ten title this season, it should improve.

2013 schedule

Aug. 29 Indiana State

Sept. 7 Navy

Sept. 14 Bowling Green

Sept. 21 Missouri

Oct. 5 Penn State