The Indiana football team has high hopes for the 2020 season, but still have to get through a rough Big Ten East.
You have probably heard all about the 2019 football season for the Hoosiers. They were ranked for the first time in decades. They had a winning conference record for the first time in a long time and they played in their first-ever bowl game in the state of Florida.
Those were all great accomplishments, but they still lost close games to Michigan State and Penn State that they could have won. They also failed to beat Ohio State and Michigan for the 24th straight time. For the good things that happened last year they still had some downtimes.
But the Hoosiers hope that the taste of success plus the bitterness of some of their losses will help drive them this year. They return a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball and they should be getting even better of defense which has failed them too often.
The biggest question for the Hoosiers this year will be if Michael Penix Jr.can stay healthy. He played really well for Indiana after winning the starting job over Peyton Ramsey last year. But unfortunately, he only played in six games due to injury.
Ramsey came in and played well but he decided to transfer to Northwestern in the offseason so the Hoosiers don’t have him to fall back on if Penix were to get injured.
If Penix Jr can stay healthy the Hoosiers have a very potent offense with Whop Philyor and Ty Fryfogle as wideouts, plus Stevie Scott Jr at running back. If Peyton Hendershot is put back on the team then the offense gets even more explosive.
If the Hoosiers can equal that production on the defensive side of the ball this could be a special year in Bloomington.
We are less than 100 days until the first game, so we take a shot at predicting each game of the 2020 season.