The Hoosiers are playing some very good football almost halfway through the year, and if you ask me that's reason to get excited. I've watched Indiana teams through the past few years and I have to say these last few years they've been about as good as any team in a long while.
The even better news is that Ben Chappell is the leader of this team and he'll be back next year. The best news of all is this team is young in many key positions.
In positions like running back they have, Darius Willis averaging over 5.4 yards per carry and he's leading the team in rushing. And, oh yeah, he's a freshman. Tandon Doss, by far their leading receiver, has 470 receiving yards already. Plus he's run for over 60 yards with a 10.0+ average, and he's only a sophomore. Damarlo Belcher, Doss' partner in crime, has the second most receiving yards, and just like Doss he is a sophomore.
They do have 19 seniors and that may seem like a lot, but when you think about how many of them start, you realize they don't lose a lot except for some leadership and experience. But they are definitely not the most talented class of the bunch.
Three of the most important seniors on the list aren't even one or two on the depth chart if that says anything about the youth and talent on this team.
They do lose three offensive linemen from the bunch, but how many of them start I'm not sure. There's five linemen alone in the junior class all waiting for their turn anyways.
The Hoosiers are now starting Big Ten play and yes they are 0-2, but that doesn't tell the whole story. They played my beloved Michigan team for their first Big Ten game, and Michigan had written them off for the most part thinking this was another typical Indiana team.
Indiana proved them wrong though and anyone who watched that game should be able to tell Indiana is playing some good football. Their second Big Ten opponent happened to be the number one Big Ten team, and I figured once again they would get crushed.
They did lose by a pretty significant number, but again that doesn't tell the whole story. I was really impressed with Indiana for about half that game, they played some tough ball, but the big boys from Ohio were just a bit too much for them.
The good news is Ohio State is supposed to beat them, they're supposed to beat everyone and Indiana played a respectable game against them and showed some great stuff. Right now Indiana is ninth in the Big Ten, but don't expect them to finish there.
They could get wins at Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, and Purdue and don't count them out against an overrated Penn State team. I'm not sure exactly how tough Virginia is, but if the Hoosiers continue to play like they have, anything's possible.
Here's to the next few years off good Indiana football.