IU suffered an embarrassing loss this past Saturday at the hands of Wisconsin. The 62-14 loss was the worst of the season for IU.
A win would have put IU in the drivers seat in the Leaders division of the Big Ten. As it stands now, IU will have to beat Penn State and Purdue on the road in order to just reach a bowl game.
Let's take a look at what we learned from Saturday's blowout
- Honestly, there isn't much to say here. So we will move on to what IU did wrong. (Hint: Everything)
- The rushing defense was worse than bad. Awful-trocious sounds about right. The Hoosiers gave up 564 yards rushing. We expected it to be bad, but not historically bad. Wisconsin's offensive line has an average height of 6-6 and weight of 326lbs and it showed this weekend. They simply had no answer for even the simplest of run plays.
- Cam Coffman and Nate Sudfeld were both terrible. Neither could get anything resembling a rhythm going all day. By half time, IU should have given up on punting just to get another down to move the chains. Coffman was particularly bad, often overthrowing his receivers. And when his passes were on target, the receivers were unable to make the catch (looking at you Kofi Hughes).
- The commitment to the no-huddle offense was a big mistake. IU was killed in time of possession the offense held onto the ball for just over 20 minutes of the game. It was clear early in the third quarter that the defense had no fight left. In a game like this, IU has to possess the ball for at least half of the game in order to allow the defense to catch its breath. That didn't happen and as a result, IU gave up 38 points in the second half.
- Bret Bielema ran up the score once again, but in fairness, IU couldn't stop him. Bielema still had starters playing into the fourth quarter, yet IU couldn't stop simple runs up the gut with the Badgers third and fourth string running backs in.
- Kevin Wilson has done a fine coaching job this season, but his game plan Saturday was a dumpster fire. The team was completely unprepared to face it's opponent. They were beaten mentally and physically all day, and Wilson could do nothing but watch. He is lucky that this game came after two Big Ten wins, otherwise he might be having a long chat today with the athletic director.
As hard as it is, IU will have to shake off this loss to get ready for a challenging trip to Happy Valley to face Penn State. We'd love to say IU has a shot at a bowl game, but Penn State will probably end that dream.
This has been a good season for the Hoosiers and coach Wilson. This game will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of fans, but they thankfully can focus on basketball (did you hear they're ranked no. 1?).
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