The Hoosiers face off against the one Big Ten opponent that they have not been competitive with at all in recent memory. In the last 5 games, Indiana has lost to Wisconsin by an average of 47.8 points. It’s been bad. The closest loss was a 28-point defeat in 2017. I’ll take the under this week.
Indiana won the game, lost Michael Penix, and is now back in the top 10. Indiana football continues to give us all the emotions.
In case you haven’t heard, Michael Penix is having himself a nice little start to the 2020 season. Today we’ll rank his performance in IU’s five games from worst to best, as well as take a look at his season-long stats to date.
In a video posted to Twitter on Sunday, Defensive Coordinator Kane Wommack told him team, “you truly are a special group and we’re doing special things.” While part of that statement was probably said for motivation, getting the team ready to focus on Maryland after a tough defeat against Ohio State, there’s a lot of truth in his words.
“We’re doing special things.”
Indiana leads the nation in interceptions per game at 2.60. They also have the best interception to pass attempt ratio of any team since at least 2009.
By a wide margin.
Indiana (probably?) plays host to Maryland this weekend. Mike Locksley’s crew has been an up-and-down bunch so far, getting pummeled by Northwestern before rebounding in a wild game against Minnesota. In that one, they blew a 21-7 first quarter lead and needed to score 17 unanswered in the fourth quarter to force overtime and ultimately win. They followed that up with a win at Penn State before being shut down for 2 weeks with a COVID outbreak. How they might perform and who they could be missing on Saturday are great unknowns.