2 Jan 2014 01:14 PM EST
-by Sammy Jacobs, Contributing Writer; Image: Indiana’s defense struggles against Navy’s triple option. (Image Source: Doug McSchooler/AP Photo)
Here’s a look back at the 2013 regular season for the Indiana Hoosiers:
1. The Defense- As good as the offense was the defense was that bad. The Hoosiers gave up a whopping 38.8 points and 527.9 yards per game. While they played well at times, there were too many explosion plays let up and they allowed mediocre offenses move the ball at will. In conference play the Hoosiers allowed 41.9 points and 560.2 yards per game. That was historically awful.
2. Ohio State and Wisconsin Games- While nobody outside of the coaches and players believed that the Hoosiers would go on the road and knock off either of these two teams, the performance of the Hoosiers offense was down right bad in both games. Indiana managed 17 points total between the two games and was shut out for six of the eight quarters. The weather played huge roles in both games. Against Wisconsin, Nate Sudfeld looked like he has never thrown or handled a wet ball in his life, bobbling several snaps and losing a fumble. In the snow against the Buckeyes, Sudfeld missed several open receivers and looked shaken up by the poor weather.
3. Scheduling- Fred Glass and Indiana athletics made it a point to upgrade the Hoosiers’ football schedules in order to boost attendance at Memorial Stadium. The strategy backfired, as the Hoosiers lost two early home games and never sold out a game at home this season. Instead of playing winnable games they Hoosiers scheduled games against Navy and Missouri. The scheduling philosophy has to change because those two games don’t sell tickets unless IU is winning. They are not rivals and they are not big enough names that bring fans into Bloomington. Instead of renewing the rivalry with Kentucky or even playing a MAC school like Ball State who bring fans to Bloomington, Glass schedules a triple-option team and a very good Missouri team. These games made zero sense. If you want to draw fans from opposing teams in and care only about gate receipts and money instead of getting bowl eligible, than IU might as well schedule Notre Dame and go travel to a big SEC school.
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