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.
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.
Here’s a quick recap of the season:
The defense was just as good as 2016.
The running game that struggled in 2016, struggled even more this season.
The passing game went from being pretty explosive, albeit error-prone, to inconsistent and ineffective.
Griffin Oakes was great.
That’s the recap in 38 words. Onward to the over/unders!
Hey, we’ll always have that beat-down this group put on Rutgers, right?? And the offense was ON FIRE in that 4th quarter against the Boilers.
That’s all the optimism I’ve got. Let’s just get through this, and move on to the offseason.
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.