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The Indiana Hoosiers could be an 8 win team this season. Yes, that sounds crazy considering the Hoosiers sit at 3-2 overall and winless in the Big Ten, but the Hoosiers have the talent to capitalize on a weak bottom half of the Big Ten.
Since the East/West divisions were implemented in the Big Ten, IU has had one of the toughest schedules in the country. Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State are perennially ranked teams and on the Hoosiers’ schedule every single year, equating to four losses pretty much every year. In 2019, however, the Hoosiers are getting a bit of a reprieve thanks to some lucky scheduling. The Hoosiers get to play underachieving Big Ten West opponent Northwestern, potentially injury-riddled Purdue and a so-so Nebraska team in their three crossover matchups as well as an inconsistent Maryland and Rutgers who just fired their coach. Those are five games that appear winnable, especially with the talent the Hoosiers have been trotting onto the field this season.
It’s hard to talk about IU football this year without mentioning the improved talent that is taking the field each week. Most notable of the young talent for the Hoosiers is quarterback Michael Penix. The redshirt freshman has been a revelation in his three starts this year amassing a 2-1 record while throwing for 809 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season while running for another touchdown. His ability to launch the ball downfield has opened up a Hoosiers offense that looked painfully inadequate when last year’s starter Peyton Ramsey filled in during the two weeks Penix was hurt. In addition to Penix on offense, there is a lot of young talent on defense to be excited about. Tiawan Mullen and Cam Jones have shown flashes of potential and should continue to only get better as the season progresses.
There is a lot to be excited about in Bloomington this fall with the talent Tom Allen has brought to town and the way the schedule is shaking out for the Hoosiers. While winning 6 games and make it to a bowl is the ultimate goal, 8 wins could be in the cards for the Hoosiers this year.