Thankful for: A running game.
The Hoosier offense under Bill Lynch was pass first, second, third and then probably punt (unless the game was against Michigan).
It was an offense that would have been more at home in the wide open Big XII then the conference that prides itself on the age old philosophy of "three yards and a cloud of dust."
Lynch didn't last, and neither did his adherence to the concepts of spread passing. His replacement, oddly enough, comes from the wide open plains as the coordinator of one of the most pass-heavy teams in the nation, Oklahoma.
Kevin Wilson has moved Indiana back to a more balanced offense. Part of this is probably due to the fact that Indiana was breaking in a handful of new quarterbacks. However, an advantage to placing a bigger emphasis on the run game is that you, you know, actually develop a run game.
Last year Indiana was last in the Big Ten in total rush yards (by over 400 yards total, 1,204 to Minnesota's 10th place finish of 1,623), yards per game (110 ypg was good for 112th in the nation), and yards per carry (3.4, last in the Big Ten by 0.2). This year, Indiana has developed a solid rushing game with a per game average of 156 yards—good for 61st in the nation.
If you want to win in the Big Ten you have to run the ball. The Hoosiers are getting closer.