The Indiana football team struggled last season going 2-10. Can head coach Tom Allen and the Hoosiers rebound and go to a bowl this season?
The Indiana Hoosiers’ 2021 season was brutal; there is no way to describe it. Legendary NFL coach Jim Mora (the father, not the son) would say that the Hoosiers couldn’t run, pass, block, or tackle. The phrase “diddly-poo” might also be used. Everything that went right for the Hoosiers in 2019 and 2020 went wrong in 2021.
The Hoosiers were never an offensive juggernaut, but they had lots of turnover luck in those two seasons. The Hoosiers did not take care of the football last season, finishing 107th in the country in turnovers and 128th in turnover margin.
Injuries were a huge factor last season for Indiana football as quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. suffered another season-ending injury. Several other skill players missed significant time as well. That’s not to say they were not competitive in some games last season.
The Hoosiers played Cincinnati, Michigan State, and Maryland tough. However, the offense suffered without Penix, though it wasn’t great while he was in the lineup. Unlike other seasons, the Hoosiers did not get good play from its backup quarterbacks either.
Head coach Tom Allen shook up his staff, replacing Nick Sheridan with a veteran coordinator and former UMass head coach Walt Bell. Will it make a difference?
Here is a look at the offense, defense, and schedule.