Scott and Galen recount their viewing experiences and reflections about the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl, and talk about the state of the program moving forward.
Here’s the first of three podcasts today — a sit-down interview with Zach Osterman of the Indy Star, fresh off his trip to Santa Clara for the Foster Farms bowl. We discuss the outcome of the bowl game, then take a retrospective look at the forces that decided this season for IU, breaking down the offense and defense and what made them work the way that they did. We also take a look forward at Tom Allen’s next move(s) as head football coach, and try to anticipate where he goes with his coaching staff and style of play.
We got a chance to sit down and talk with man behind the @fakecoachwilson Twitter account. Here’s our conversation, where we talk about the background and development of the account, the experiences along the way, and whether the account has a future in a post-Indiana Kevin Wilson world. We also talk about some of the funny and interesting experiences that the Twitter account has experienced along the way, and how Twitter itself has changed during the time between the start of the @fakecoachwilson account and now.
On the latest episode of CrimsonCast, we catch up after the Penn State game and discuss why we continue to have these close losses and if there is anything we can do to get over the hub. Or is there nothing wrong and these are baby steps to a better tomorrow?
We also look at the IUBB win vs Kansas and preview the early season off what we saw in 1 game.
Recapping the MSU and OSU games, and looking ahead to the next 3 games. What IU has to do and why they are so important for this season.
New CrimsonCast! Recapping the Ball State game, discussing the Kevin Wilson / fan attendance kerfluffle, and looking ahead to the Wake Forest game. Plus we talk about our revised predictions for Big Ten season, and Scott teases the audience with a quick way to drive from Indianapolis to Bloomington.
Scott and Galen reunite to talk some IU Football. We discuss the opening week win over FIU, the major storylines of the new season, and the overall feeling surrounding the team. We finish up by talking about what IU needs to do in the Ball State game to keep the good times rolling.
Join Mike Petry and Michael Rayome for a tune-up before the IU season kicks off.
We talk about:
- The running game
- Our expectations for new IU QB Richard Lagow
- The deja-vu for the defense
- Season expectations
Let us know what you think in the comments, and don’t forget to follow us @HoosierHurryup on Twitter.
Among the surest signs that we’re nearing the middle of December;
1) The Bengals just suffered a devastating injury
2) The Cubs have found the missing pieces to finally end the World Series drought
3) IU fans and critics alike are pointing out once again that IU’s non-conference schedule sucks.
This last point leads to equally annoying statements like, “Back when Bob Knight was coach we played a real schedule,” and “Sure they can beat McNeese State, but what about a real opponent.”
To the first point I say, “Shut up. He’s not coming back.” To the second point, I say, “HEY. That’s THE McNeese State University. Show some respect.”
But if we’re to get to the heart of IU’s scheduling problem, it’s important to look at it in the context of the rest of the conference as well as the other large conferences. Note all the rankings are from Ken Pomeroy’s fantastic site, kenpom.com.
IU ranks 13th out of 14 but the schedule strength is pretty much in line the bottom third of the conference. If we expand to the 6 conferences I’ve arbitrarily declared “major” conferences, (ACC,B1G,Big 12,Big East,SEC, ACC) then the Hoosiers are 59th out of 75 teams.
The average NCSOS ranking of these six conferences is 202 and the average NCSOS Pyth is .488.
So how does IU make it so the schedule is no longer an embarrassment? They don’t have to necessarily play what I’d call a “tough schedule.” I think it’s important to point out that even Michigan State, which routinely gets credit for it’s tough non-conference schedule checks in right around the B1G average right now.
Of course the coaching staff can’t control how good an opponent ends up being, and they don’t have control over all aspects of the schedule. So to focus on “controlling the controllables” I’m going to look at the 6 games that weren’t set up as a tournament, cross-conference promotion, etc…
These six opponents are all in conferences that had one bid to the NCAA tournament, and the automatic bids produced three fifteen seeds, a 12th seed, and a 16th seed. I understand the need to play these glorified scrimmages. But in order to keep the negatives to your collective schedule strengths from outweighing the benefits gained, the coaching staff must be wiser in who they choose to play.
There are two important rules I’d suggest to vastly improve IU’s schedule strength.
- Don’t play more teams from a conference than they received bids in the tournament.
- Because IU was already locked into playing Austin Peay from the OVC in the “opening round” of the Maui invitational, this would knock Eastern Illinois and Morehead State off the list.
- When playing a team from a one bid conference, aim for the best team from last year.
- While this won’t be 100% effective, it’s rare that a team will go from best to worst over the course of one season. Alcorn State is 9th out of 10 teams in the SWAC. Kennesaw State is last in the 8 team Atlantic Sun. McNeese State is 10th out of 13 teams in the Southland.
If IU followed these guidelines, the resulting schedule could look something like this;
You’ll notice I didn’t add any big name programs to this list. And I doubt this is a schedule that would wow anyone. But this would accomplish two big things. 1) It would remove the absolute black holes on IU’s schedule. 2) It would improve the average opponents ranking from 173 to 108. That’s enough for it to move from bullet used against IU to completely neutral .
Of course with my proposed schedule, IU might be 7-4 or even 6-5. At that point though there’s other issues with the team and at least you have a clearer picture.