Honoring Bill Mallory

Courtesy Hoosier Scoop

The outpouring of love for former IU football coach Bill Mallory since his death on Friday has been incredible. He clearly had a tremendous and enduring impact on the lives of the young men he coached and many, many others. There is little doubt that Bill Mallory, the person, was far superior to Bill Mallory, the football coach.

But he was a damn good football coach.

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Projecting Wins – 2018 Edition

Bill Connelly of Football Study Hall recently released his initial S&P+ ranks for 2018.  As he puts it, “S&P+ projections are a simple mix of three factors: recent history, returning production, and recruiting.”  For this rating, Indiana ranks 58th.  On offensive returning production, Indiana ranks 83rd with a 60% offensive return.  This percentage is not the simple returning starters metric.  It essentially looks at the amount of returning statistics. Defensively Indiana is 126th at 51%.

Before diving into the numbers, it is important to remember a few things.  First of all, it’s March.  We don’t know who the starting quarterback will be for this team.  We don’t even know if he is currently on the roster.  Secondly, these are projections.  In March.  Don’t cancel your season ticket order over them.

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Defensive Charts – Rutgers and Purdue

The Indiana defense played in both the Rutgers and Purdue games…and that’s the end of the list of similarities between these two games, at least as far as the IU defense is concerned. IU utterly dominated a hapless Rutgers offense, and then turned around and struggled to stop what had been a fairly average Purdue offense, particularly on the ground.

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