Indiana Hoosiers College Football Betting
Last year was the best Indiana season since 1967. And there is a reason for that. Indiana is not a place where great football seasons happen very often. Head coach Tom Allen could have left for another program with a greater chance and history of success. Instead, he took a raise and extension to stay at IU. At the onset of the season, the Hoosiers were ranked inside the Top-20 and touted for the Big Ten championship. It is a good thing Allen signed on the dotted line when he did. Cause by things going back to normal at Indiana. The season was an utter debacle in every way.
Key injuries were at the heart of the Hoosiers downfall in 2021. Starting with quarterback Michael Penix Jr, were a host of key players lost. Also, factoring was the surprise element. Indiana no longer caught opponents napping. The Hoosiers got the full attention and best shot of every team that they faced.
Now that the old norm has returned to Bloomington, it will be interesting to see how Tom Allen handles it. Allen was justifiably celebrated for leading Indiana to new historic heights. And much of the 2021 season was out of his control. But the challenge at Indiana is recruiting enough depth to sustain a competitive level when key players are injured. Indiana has always had its share of top-line starters. Where the Hoosiers have consistently come up short is on roster depth. And that is the great challenge that Allen faces with recruiting season now at full throttle. Signing Day is on December 15 and is a chance for Allen to flip the script.
Indiana plays in the Big Ten East Division. That includes national powerhouse Ohio State. Along with tough challengers such as Michigan, Penn State, And Michigan State. Thus, Indiana is behind the 8-Ball from the very start in trying to compete in such a brutal division. This season, where injuries took their toll, Indiana had among the worst metrics in the country, both offensively and defensively.
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Last week, Indiana was routed at Purdue 44-7 as an 18.5-point dog. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers game went over the total of 50.5. As a result, Indiana has a record of 2-10 straight up, 2-10 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under. Overall, Indiana ranks 124th for total offense and 123rd for scoring offense. While defensively, the Hoosiers rank 71st overall and 109th for points allowed.
Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell began his career as a walk-on. He may have closed it out Saturday with an unforgettable performance.
The fifth-year senior matched his career-high by throwing for four touchdowns, helping the Boilermakers set a single-season team record for completions and bringing back the Old Oaken Bucket for the first time in three years He got plenty of help from his teammates in the annual rivalry, which was canceled twice last season because of COVID-19. This time, the traditional themes returned - big plays, hard hits, loud chants, and plenty of penalties on a rainy, windy afternoon that eventually gave way to clearing skies as night fell over cold, sold-out Ross-Ade Stadium. And the Boilermakers wasted no time rushing to reclaim the prized trophy.
For Indiana, it was more frustration in a season full of disappointment. The Hoosiers lost their final eight games and finished their first winless season in league play since 2011.
''We've got to make sure we fix the things that are part of the problem of how this occurred,'' coach Tom Allen said. ''I thought there was a lot of execution things that hurt us, like the snap over (quarterback Grant Gremel's) head. But the buck stops with me.''
2021 Indiana Hoosiers Schedule
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Indiana will get a real test in their season-opening game at the Iowa Hawkeyes on September 4. Iowa is a similar type of program to Indiana, with a culture based on toughness and fundamentals. And Kinnick Stadium is one of the toughest venues in all of college football.
On September 18, a visit from the Cincinnati Bearcats will be a dangerous game. Cincinnati is the best Group of Five program in the nation and a vicious, hard-hitting team.
October 2 brings a dangerous revenge matchup at the Penn State Nittany Lions, who were stunned at Bloomington last year 36-35 in overtime.
In decades, the biggest game at Indiana’s Memorial Stadium will take place on October 23, when the Hoosiers host the Ohio State Buckeyes. Last year Indiana fell behind the Buckeyes 35-7, only to rally to close the margin at 42-35 with 10:26 to go before the defenses took over to end the game at that score.
Indiana humbled Michigan 38-21 at home last year. On November 6, the Wolverines get their revenge shot at the Big House.
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