Indiana, it was fun. It was a lot of fun.
We rooted openly for you to make the Big Ten Championship, not because we wanted you to do well at football, but because we wanted a .500 team to be playing for a shot at the Rose Bowl. You weren't the hero the Big Ten needed, but the one it deserved.
And then, this. This. This complete and total drubbing at the hands of Wisconsin. 62-14, giving up 564 yards rushing. That's the most Wisconsin has ever rushed for in a single game, and Wisconsin has had a lot of gigantic rushing games.
But you know what? For the Big Ten this year, this is fitting. This is how Indiana ought to bow out of the conference title race—not in a blaze of glory, like with its failed comeback against Ohio State, but with a loss so lopsided and horrific that it makes one regret ever even entertaining the idea that this team could accomplish things. That's Big Ten football this year.
Now the Hoosiers are 4-6 and unlikely to get to a bowl game since Penn State is still on the schedule. Two more weeks of football and that's it for this team, this bright and brief meteor that came shooting through our skies.
We'll always have these last few weeks, though. Even if it's already basketball season so Indiana fans stopped caring yesterday. We'll still care.