Much has been made about the IU secondary’s propensity for picks, including on this site. And rightfully so, as the Hoosiers’ interception rate has been off the charts. But focusing exclusively on interceptions can diminish the all-around accomplishments of this group by leading the casual observer to believe this group is all about pass coverage or that their success is just a product of right-place-right-time. Today we’ll examine IU’s unbelievable improvement in havoc-creation – of which interceptions is only a part – from 2019 to 2020.
Indiana took down Wisconsin to ensure the Hoosiers remain in the top 10. Jack Tuttle didn’t have gaudy stats (a Miles Marshall drop didn’t help…), but he looked sharp and composed. And the defense dominated, limiting Wisconsin to just 6 points, which apparently led Paul Chryst to give up his play-calling duties.
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.