The coach of Indiana Tom Allen knows well the challenges his team is going to face in this weekend. Michigan is at number four position and he is the highest-ranked team of Big Ten and also the one who most probably will carry the banner of the conference into the College Football Playoff if someone does. The Wolverines have registered triumph nine times straight after losing to Notre Dame who is at the number three position and requires another win to set up a showdown with Ohio State who is at number 9 for a ticket to the Big Ten championship (BTC) game.
Allen also knows the refrain echoing in his home state throughout: Indiana has not won at Michigan after 1967. It does not matter to the Hoosiers, the one who ended a 4 games losing streak on Saturday and now he is in need one more win and he will become bowl-eligible.
“We have made changes in our schedule with an intent of being at our best within the weeks nine, 10, 11 and 12,” Allen said this on Monday. “We felt like the previous year for many reasons, it was not just one thing, but for a number of reasons we were kind of ran out of juice and thus, by the end, we did not have the same energy level.” The victory of Saturday over Maryland should give the Hoosiers (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) just not the energy boost, but much more than that.