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.
On this jubilant edition of CrimsonCast, we talk about the suddenly bowl-eligible Hoosiers, the satisfaction of beating Purdue for a third straight time, and the overall analysis of the season so far. We go in-depth in discussing the key players that helped make IU’s 54-36 triumph over Purdue a reality, talk about the importance of the final three games of the season, and pay homage to some special players. We then dive into the bowl picture, discussing potential destinations and opponents, and what we should be looking for in the coming week.
On this episode of CrimsonCast, Scott is joined by Scott (@IamScottLogan) from On the Banks to preview the IU vs Rutgers game this weekend. Learn all about:
- Why this is a key game in the B1G East
- Why everyone on the Rutgers site is picking them to beat us
- What IU has to do to win
- General thoughts from a new B1G member about other schools in the league
- Why IU and Penn State ARE and should be rivals
- Which is worse, Penn State’s O or IU’s D?
- Why Penn State wants Kevin Wilson to get fired (This one surprised me)
- How lots and lots and lots of injuries are going to effect this game
- Thoughts on basketball and the old Penn State gym
- Predictions on who will win on Saturday
Onto 5-1 and continuing to receive top 25 votes!
Well, IU didn’t win, but what a performance it was. On this episode of CrimsonCast, we talk about the feelings coming out of the Ohio State game. Bad luck with injuries robbed the Hoosiers not only of a potential victory, but also the chance to finally see the offense perform for 60 minutes against a top quality defense. We talk a lot about the rapidly maturing defense, the growing legend of Zander, and the shifting expectations for the remainder of the season.
It’s been two weeks since the last episode, so it’s about time for another edition of the Hoosier Hurryup. Join Mike and Mike for a chat in advance of this weekend’s test against Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Let’s chat about:
- Where Indiana might have an advantage this weekend
- How we feel about being 4-0
- Whether we’d rather build a team around Jordan Howard or Tevin Coleman
Also listen in for a Mike Petry take so hot that Michael’s still sweating.
Let us know what you think on Twitter @HoosierHurryup. Beat the Bucks!