Indiana plays host to Michigan this Saturday as the Hoosiers hope to end their 24 game losing streak to the Wolverines. They’ve been so close before. The overtime loss in 2017. The double overtime loss in 2015. The Denard Robinson / Ben Chappell duel in 2010. The Bill Lynch gum toss game in 2009. Simply put, the Hoosiers have had chances in the last decade. It’s time to finally finish.
The Hoosiers moved to 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1991. Additionally, Indiana won for the 5th straight time against Rutgers. Their last loss against the Scarlet Knights came when they blew a 25 point lead in 2015 and then Tom Allen was hired the following year to make sure that would never happen again.
Despite being on the field for about two-thirds of the game, the IU defense held up quite well against a decent-to-good Penn State offense. In doing so, defensive coordinator Kane Wommack made wide use of specialized personnel groupings, which I’ll dig into today.
Which would you prefer to read – (1) a glowing recap of a stunning offensive performance in a loss (see K Dub Era), or (2) a somewhat critical recap of a largely lackluster offensive performance in a win over a Top 10 team?
You’re getting #2 either way so you might as well be into it!
The Hoosiers won their Big Ten opener for the first time since 2016. With a win at Rutgers, Indiana would be 2-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1991.
We had a good first week of questions so let’s get back into it.