Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The Indiana Hoosiers suffered another hair pulling loss in a long line of hair pulling losses, however one game should not define the 2014 for IU. Indiana has 10 football games left in the 2014 regular season, and Saturday is the biggest test of the fortitude of this team. Under head coach Kevin Wilson the Hoosiers have showed the fight and grit that had been missing in years prior. Now is the time for the seniors on this team to step up and lead the Hoosiers to a victory over the 18th ranked Missouri Tigers.
More concerning than the loss to the Falcons was coach Wilson’s post game comment about people having to be better teammates. In his press conference on Monday Wilson clarified what he meant, saying “I wanted to see some guys not be worried about who is in but get out there, with your body language and your attitude, just have nothing negative, no talking, just there's a look in a guy's eye that says I'm excited about what's going on.” The seniors on this team, Shane Wynn, Nick Stoner, D’Angelo Roberts, David Cooper, and Bobby Richardson among others have been through too much to allow a petty thing like playing time to derail their final season in Bloomington before the Big Ten season even starts.
Saturday presents a very special opportunity for the Hoosiers to redeem themselves from the loss to Bowling Green. Wilson says, “it's a great group of seniors. I expect them to lead us the right way this year. And they're going to.” If IU is going to knock off a ranked opponent on the road for the first time since 2004 when the Gerry Dinardo led Hoosiers shocked the Ducks in Eugene, the seniors will have to keep focused and embrace their roles, whatever they may be, and enjoy the great game that is college football.