Hoosier Huddle's Big Ten Power Rankings: Week Four

Hoosier Huddle's Big Ten Power Rankings: Week Four

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

Week four of the 2019 season saw some shocking things in the Big Ten. Michigan got blown off the field by Wisconsin, Ohio State scored 76-straight points against Miami (OH) and Illinois put a scare into Nebraska in a shootout.

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Indiana’s Keys To Bounce Back Against Connecticut

Photo by: sarah miller/ Hoosier huddle

Photo by: sarah miller/ Hoosier huddle

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

Coming off their disappointing loss to Ohio State, the Indiana football squad hopes to turn around defensive woes to hold Connecticut back from surprising them at home. Here’s what the Hoosiers need to do to put away the Huskies and proceed to Spartan land with an appeasing 3-1 record. 

1. Establish a running game

This has been said all season long, and here we are three games down with no real ability to run the ball effectively. Indiana’s run game sits at the bottom of the Big Ten, third worst in yards per carry with 3.1 and second worst with only 101 yards per game. 

Stevie Scott’s had a surprisingly quiet sophomore season, and is the only IU player in the top 30, at No. 20 for rushing in the conference, with 37 carries for 118 yards, an average of 3.2 yards per carry. Last year Scott averaged 5 yards per carry, and 94.8 yards per game, a rushing game Indiana struggles to accomplish as an entire team this season. 

Mike Penix comes in at No. 31 with 9 carries for 79 yards, an 8.8 average. 

Pointing the finger does not solve the problem. The offensive linemen have to do their job and the running backs need to be ready to run. If they cannot run up some good numbers on UConn, there’s no reason to believe they could on the rest of the season’s tough opponents.

In the words of defensive coordinator Kane Wommack: “Enough is enough.”

2. Defense

Tom Allen counted 11 missed tackles and 16 guys that missed a tackle against Ohio State. A lesser blow than the 25 missed tackles in the home opener against Ball State, but still a tremendous issue. It is CRUCIAL that Hoosier defense makes a statement on Saturday. A win is not just a win against a team like Connecticut. Indiana needs to hold the Huskies to 17 or less for a victory over UConn to be satisfactory. 

3. Determination

“The UConn game is the most important game because it’s the next one.” Allen preaches focusing on the here and now. Nothing can be done about last week’s loss to OSU, and the best way to move on from it is to pocket a “W” against their next opponent. With or without Penix, the Hoosiers are capable to shut down UConn, and they need to go in with the mindset that they will do just that. 

Five Takeaways From Indiana's Loss to Ohio State

Five Takeaways From Indiana's Loss to Ohio State

Written by Andrew Walker

Saturday saw the Hoosiers get buried by the Buckeyes 51-10. Ohio State was able to do everything right on offense, defense and special teams. On the contrary, Indiana had zero success in those categories. Regardless of the outcome, there’s always lessons to be learned. If there’s anything we’re sure of, it’s that Tom Allen and his staff will be in the film room learning from their mistakes. Let’s take a look at five takeaways from Saturday’s game. 

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Game Wrap and Reaction: Ohio State 52 Indiana 10

Game Wrap and Reaction: Ohio State 52 Indiana 10

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Opponent: Ohio State Buckeyes

Location: Saturday September 14th, 2019 Bloomington, Indiana

Why They Played: The Hoosiers and the Buckeyes play annually as members of the Big Ten East division

What The Game Meant:

This game was a chance for the Hoosiers to measure where they stack up early in the season against one of the nation’s best teams in Ohio State.

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Hoosiers Offense Overmatched, Sputters Without Penix

Hoosiers Offense Overmatched, Sputters Without Penix

Written by Evan McShane (@veryreasonable)

Shortly after kickoff, it became clear that things would be very difficult offensively for the Hoosiers against Ohio State. The Buckeyes are always talented, but this year’s squad looks to be on a mission for the playoff. Simply put, it wouldn’t have mattered if Michael Penix was able to play today. The promising redshirt freshman is dealing with an apparently insignificant, although undisclosed injury that will have Penix’s status as week-to-week. Ohio State’s defense is much improved from a unit last year that gave up loads up explosive plays. Led by standout defensive end Chase Young who had two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss by himself, the Buckeyes defense held Indiana to just 10 points on the day.  

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Tackling Woes Reappear in Drubbing from Ohio State

Tackling Woes Reappear in Drubbing from Ohio State

Written by: Nate Comp (@NathanComp1)

In week one against Ball State, there were plenty of missed tackles. There were plenty of moments in which the defense wasn’t exactly where it should be. It was the first game under a new defensive coordinator and the first time Indiana players were off the practice field and really tackling.

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Indiana’s Keys to Overcoming Ohio State

Indiana’s Keys to Overcoming Ohio State

Written by Amanda Pavelka (@amandapavelka3)

While the odds are against Indiana going into Saturday’s home game, it is not to say defeating Ohio State is impossible. Breaking the 26-game losing streak to the Buckeyes is hands down the Hoosiers’ toughest task of the 2019 season. A few key things will have to be in order for Hoosiers to be successful.

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