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We are in trouble
I’m trying not to panic, but the fact that I’m missing Tuttle right now isn’t helping. I thought Sheridan actually called a pretty good game today (assuming the bad go-for-it on 4th down was entirely a CTA decision) and IU had plenty of chances to win today but turnovers and miscues were brutal. The defense came to play (again) until an extra soft "targeting" call ripped the fight right out of the entire unit for 1/3 of the game. But most critically, something is wrong with Penix. Either physical or mental, but he has not played football like the First Team B1G candidate we thought he was going to be, and he is hemorrhaging costly mistakes right now. With our bad QB play, still sketchy O-Line play, and the case of the drops that seems to be plaguing most IU pass-catchers, this is just probably a really underachieving 6-6 team with an upside of maybe 7 wins. They have one more chance to right the ship before the B1G starts and I do not have confidence right now in even @WKU next week.
On THAT Targeting call… I absolutely get why the rule exists, but it in application of the rule as is, it is total crap. Cynically, sure, it’s a CYA move against concussions and worse, but I get it does still serve the purpose, intentional or not, of helping protect players. All good in theory. And since it is here to stay, Targeting REALLY needs to be broken out to a "Targeting 1" and "Targeting 2". Something along the lines of "Targeting 1" for "incidental contact" made during a legal "football type play". 15 yards and a 1st down for the infraction. Player is warned and a second targeting of either kind results in an ejection. "Targeting 2" can then be for intentional contact with the crown of the helmet, and treated as it is today. But the way it is structured now, when a team is hit with the Targeting call, it’s a back breaker. Usually the player hit with it by nature of being in the position to be vulnerable to the call in the first place, is a disrupter and difference maker. Losing a key player during an incidental contact play is simply bad for the competitiveness of the game. Especially if we are going to let this be a penalty that can be retroactively called by some replay nerd in a booth, curbing the level of which they can effect the games outcome would be a good idea.
Braver than me; I’m avoiding Doyel like he’s plutonium
Yeah… the secret second loss of a letdown like today’s game: it’s pure uncut Columbian troll bait for blowhards like Doyel. Osterman’s piece is slightly less "the end is neigh" but there will be some ugly write ups about IU Football for the next couple weeks. Dismantling Idaho (if we can) will help, but this game’s stink will linger until at the very least the Cincy game.
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Braver than me; I’m avoiding Doyle like he’s plutonium
Yeah… the secret second loss of a letdown like today’s game: it’s pure uncut Columbian troll bait for blowhards like Doyle. Osterman’s piece is slightly less "the end is neigh" but there will be some ugly write ups about IU Football for the next couple weeks. Dismantling Idaho (if we can) will help, but this game’s stink will linger until at the very least the Cincy game.
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Yeah, Ferentz low key sucks
Remember when Iowa took a bunch of bad roids but nothing came out of it? Pepperidge Farms remembers.
But you’re not wrong. Kirk Ferentz somehow got included in the "Jim Tressel B1G Memorial ‘Guys Who Look Like Your Disapproving Father-In-Law, Give Off Slimy Vibes, But Are Above Reproach’ Honor Society" along with Bret Bielema, Urban Meyer, Mark D’Antonio, and Barry Alvarez. But somehow despite getting caught, he didn’t see any fallout
because of the influence of Gary Barta from the national media.
Right team won today. Iowa came to play; Indiana looked unprepared. Doesn’t mean I have to like it. Not ready to panic but things need fixed immediately.
Offense has major questions
Totally agree. I wasn’t head over heels with Sheridan’s offense last year and this game really isn’t helping smooth those worries.
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Well this is absolutely awful
Tough opener to play at Iowa with all the emotions running high…
BUT IU is playing like they spent an offseason believing their own hype. There is more talent on this team than the score is indicating but we have serious problems right now. Penix and his receivers look completely out of sync. The offensive line looks exactly like we feared they would look like. The defense looks competent to actually good in stretches but has made mental errors that they shouldn’t be with all the upperclassman we have.
This game is probably done. Give Penix another couple series to see if he can salvage something of his afternoon then give Tuttle some reps. Regroup vs Idaho in Bloomington and get the season back on track.
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Congrats on the new gig
Will miss your writing on CQ. Appreciated your great pieces on football and men’s basketball as well as the non-money-making sports like soccer, baseball, and notably women’s basketball which I thought you particularly covered very well. Will keep an eye out for your writings in the future!
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A bowl WIN is very important
You may have stumbled upon what has to be THE critical goal for CTA this year: IU HAS to win a bowl game this year. Hoosiers have momentum like they haven’t had in decades both on the field, in recruiting, and in the eyes of the general public and media. While making a NY6 bowl would be a fantastic, wherever we end up, it needs to be a win to show 2020 wasn’t a fluke and that this program is here to stay.
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The Death Star is still the Death Star
Sigh… The embarrassment of recruiting riches that the Bucks pull every freaking year is daunting… and the song says we’re never daunted, damnit! "Theoretically" (air quotes very much on that word), OSU should be just a little bit "vulnerable" (more air quotes) this year. They lost their starting All-B1G QB and like 7-8 other starters to the NFL. For most teams that means at least some regression. But the monster doesn’t sleep. Bucky just restocks the factory with more 5-stars recruits to fall in behind the other 5-star recruits that sat behind the former 5-star recruits. Circle of Life, or something.
BUT! In late August, hope springs eternal for all questionably masochistic fans of historically underachieving college football programs! If there’s gonna be a year for the Hoosiers to take down the Buckeyes from the top of the B1G, this has to be it! Critically, the defense has to not completely break. Stroud and the offense will move the ball but if the D can create at least a handful of empty drives for OSU, IU could have a chance. You can throw on them more than you would expect for a CFP frontrunner, so if Penix and Co. can get into another shoot out… then maybe an upset is possible. …Or the defense gets carved up by a ridiculous OSU passing game, Penix doesn’t play out of his mind again because the Bucks are daring him to throw, the offense can’t get more than 50 total yards on the ground despite OSU playing 5 or 6 DBs at all times, and this thing gets "Death of A Salesman" levels of tragic before halftime. That old chestnut.
Also, Kevin Wilson is a douche and I still hate that he landed on his feet as OC for OSU.
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I hate playing Maryland
It’s been like 7-8 years since the turtles joined the B1G and my brain has still never quite processed that this is a CONFERENCE and DIVISION game and that I should be more excited than I am every year but I just haven’t got there. My favorite memory during their time in the B1G is the game when Don Fischer called them "Rutgers" the entire game. He was corrected several times but I’d didn’t matter, he kept going back to "Rutgers". If Fisch can’t be bothered to remember Maryland is in the B1G, then I don’t think I should either.
Jury is still out
Rutgers could make a jump into the middle of the East pack but they have work still to do. Schiano was probably a smart hire as the only guy they could have brought (back) in that would have wanted to build a long term program of his own without bailing for another future gig. But I think they are still handicapped by their facilities which are not up to B1G standards. Schiano does seem to get this and a big condition of his return was the university investing in upgrading their facilities. While not a magic bullet, since IU only recruited moderately better under Wilson even after the North End Zone upgrades, a major upgrade in facilities would do a lot for helping Rutgers sell the program while Schiano tries to build it up. Until the proposed upgrades are finished, I think they are still limited. But 4 or 5 wins would be a big step forward for progress.
I want to like Mel Tucker
Tucker seems like a pretty good dude trying to build a cultural around accountability and hard work. Comes across a lot like CTA who I think Tucker even said last year that he wanted to use Allen’s program as a template for growing his own. That nice stuff aside: I really hope MSU never replicates in East Lansing what Allen has going in Bloomington. MSU always makes me nervous. When they succeed consistently it tends to drive the Hoosiers down the pecking order historically and definitely since the division split.