All year long, the criticism levied against the Indiana Hoosiers has been that they are deplorable on the defensive side of the football. The raw numbers certainly support that assessment; the Hoosiers are averaging allowing 37 points and 519 yards of offense per game. What’s lost in those criticisms, however, is the fact that Indiana doesn’t need a tremendous defensive effort with its extremely productive offense.
Those averages on defense are well surpassed by the Hoosiers’ averages on offense. Indiana is putting up 43 points and recording 527 yards of offense per game. Most of the reason why the Hoosiers are still in the running for a bowl game is because of the offensive output and winning the turnover battle. Indiana is plus 12 in the turnover margin thus far this season.
The Hoosier offense ranks second in the Big 10 in most major statistical categories and eighth in all of FBS in total offense. More importantly for the future, only three of the current offensive starting 2 (the Hoosiers run a two-quarterback system) are seniors. There is time for the Indiana defense to improve and for new talent to be infused into it.
If head coach Kevin Wilson and his staff can make some degree of just marginal improvement to the Hoosier defense while keeping the offense as productive as it is, Indiana might have something here. Indiana will have three opportunities yet to get a sixth win, including a season-ending home game against Purdue. If the Hoosiers can get to the postseason, they will have a chance to show their firepower on a national stage.