Defense Might Keep Indiana Hoosiers from Bowl Season

By Tyler Brett
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The Indiana Hoosiers appear to be the most bi-polar team in the Big Ten this season. The offense has been prolific, rolling up big yards and points in every game and rank No. 1 in the conference in total offense and No. 3 in scoring offense. Yet, the Hoosiers sit at just 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the Big Ten because of the terrible play of their defense. Indiana’s defense is so bad, in fact, it might just keep the best offense in the Big Ten from going to a bowl game this season.

How bad is it? Well, Indiana ranks dead last in the conference in both total defense (498.1 yards allowed per game) and scoring defense (37.1 points allowed per game). That puts them at No. 121 in the country in total defense and No. 112 in scoring defense, making them one of the worst units in all of college football. They are middle of the pack in forcing turnovers this season, so they aren’t even making up for their porous defensive ability with big momentum swings.

Their absolute ineptitude on defense was on full display last week against the Michigan Wolverines who racked up 751 yards on the Hoosiers as they hung 63 points on the board in a comfortable win. It was the most points and yards allowed by Indiana this season against a team that had a few offensive questions coming into the game and hadn’t gained more than 400 yards in a game for the last month. The 503 yards passing were a season-high for Michigan after failing to surpass 300 yards in any other game this season, including a 97-yard performance against the Connecticut Huskies earlier this season.

The Hoosier offense is undoubtedly one of the best in the Big Ten with one of the deepest and most talented receiving corps in the country. But the complete failure of their defense to slow anyone down is going to make for an early offseason in Bloomington.

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