BLOOMINGTON, IN.– The IU Football team has had some tough tasks this season, having to face strong Big Ten teams including Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State. They now have their next tough task in trying to stop another Big Ten school, Wisconsin. 8 Teams have tried, and 8 Teams have failed in defeating the Badgers, but the Hoosiers will look to put an end to their win streak.
Indiana Coach Tom Allen has a pretty good idea of what kind of team they are facing. He knows the concerns when facing a strong battle tested Wisconsin team and how other coaches have felt the pressure for several years.
“They have just a stable of running backs,” Allen said. “They keep rotating them in and pound you, pound you, pound you and try to beat you into submission in the course of the game. It’s three tight ends at times and two tight ends most of the time, I-formation, and hunker right at you.”
The Badgers will play IU in Bloomington on Saturday, with kickoff slated for 12:00 PM Eastern. It’s the first time the teams have met since 2013.
IU is 8 games into the season and has won all three of their non Big Ten games. In the Big Ten, Indiana is 0-5 while Wisconsin stacks up at 5-0.
The question is whether IU has a fighting chance to beat Wisconsin and end their perfect streak. The answer is possibly because a team cannot stay perfect and the Hoosiers provide a strong matchup to maybe pull off an upset. Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst has a lot of respect for Indiana for how they way they’ve been playing.
“They don’t give you anything,” Chryst said. “I see that in this defense. You watch them, are they playing fast? Are they playing physical? To me that means the players understand what they’re doing, and they go play fast.
“Those are the things you see from their defense. A good defense doesn’t give you anything, you have to go earn it. When you put on the tape, you see it’s a really good defense.”
It will take a lot to knock off a special Wisconsin team, but if someone were to do it, IU would have a decent shot. They might even have to do so without Peyton Ramsey who left last week’s game twice with injuries. Head coach Tom Allen earlier in the week said Ramsey has taken some hits, but that’s Ramsey’s style of play.
“He’s an amazingly tough kid,” Allen said. “But Richard was ready to go Saturday and is going to have to be ready to go this week as well. We’ll have both guys ready and see where we are later in the week. We’re always trying to find everything we can do to give one the best chance to win. Whoever that is, that’s who it’s going to be.”
Remember how close Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State were up until the end? Still, it’s a tough task at hand for Indiana.