Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The Indiana Hoosiers are 0-7 in games following a win over a ranked opponent since 1987 when the Bill Mallory led Hoosiers beat Minnesota 18-17 a week after defeating the ninth ranked Buckeyes in Columbus. This is a disturbing trend that sheds a little light on why Indiana football has such a hard time gaining traction. It also makes this weeks game versus Maryland that much more important. Yes, beating a ranked SEC team in Missouri is huge for this program, but as the old baseball adage says, “Momentum is only as good as tomorrow’s starting pitcher”, the Hoosiers need to keep the ball rolling for this win to actually hold real meaning.
Indiana enters Saturday’s matchup with two wins and one loss, just like everyone would have predicted. They are back on track after a devastating loss to Bowling Green, but the Hoosiers need to create a winning streak. During Kevin Wilson Era in Bloomington the Hoosiers have two instances where they have won two games in a row, both in 2012. The team attitude concerning the lack of winning streaks is that they take it one game at a time and if we take care of business that way the winning streaks will take care of themselves.
A win against the newbies of the Big Ten in the Maryland Terrapins, could snowball into something much larger. Following this matchup IU will host North Texas and travel to Iowa. The Hawkeyes, although 3-1, have not been overly impressive early on in 2014. Many people, fans and parts of the IU family, want the Missouri win to be a building block victory for this program. For that to happen the Hoosiers must win on Saturday, if not the win over Missouri will become, like the wins over Iowa in 2006, Oregon and Minnesota in 2004, and the rest of the upset victories the Hoosiers have secured that were followed by a loss, a distant memory in a sea of darkness.