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BOZICH | Big Ten football power ratings: IU stadium upgrade another key piece

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Indiana athletic director Fred Glass says investing in the program is a key to making IU successful in football. Indiana athletic director Fred Glass says investing in the program is a key to making IU successful in football.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – In 1967 Indiana won nine of 10 games and played O.J. Simpson and Southern California to a 14-3 loss in the Rose Bowl. It's true.

For the next 40 or so years, the Hoosiers mostly went through the motions of having a competitive football program. (Slight exaggeration, but you know the story.)

Bill Mallory had a nice run. Lee Corso had a great TV show. Sam Wyche and Gerry DiNardo were embarrassing moments. IU changed coaches whenever things got so bad the situation couldn't be ignored any longer.

But Indiana did not invest in football the way other mid-level Big Ten programs (Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan State) invested in football. And the Hoosiers got left behind. Way behind.

IU athletic director Fred Glass is determined to change that. More evidence of that arrived Wednesday night when IU coach Kevin Wilson said on his weekly radio show that IU has plans to begin its third major capital investment in football in the last decade by enclosing the south end of Memorial Stadium. Wilson did not give a timetable.

The project will reportedly include a new locker room and dining facility. IU enclosed the North end of the stadium in 2009, adding office space for coaches and administrators, a weight and training facility and suites.

“I think it's really important for Indiana University to be good in football,” Glass told me in a recent interview.

“For a variety of reasons. Just the way it reflects on the institution. The revenue impact it can have on the department. It disproportionately reflects on the kind of athletic department that you have because it's such a strong sport.

“I think there's two ways to get there. You've got to be consistent and you've got to make the investments. Over the years for a variety of understandable reasons we didn't do either one of those things.

“We've been very strategically and deliberately and continually making those investments in facilities and people. And then we've staked out Kevin with a long-term contract and said we're going to give you the time to develop it. I think he is and I think we're going to end up being pretty good in football.”

WEEK SEVEN BIG TEN POWER RATINGS

1.     (2 last week) Michigan State (4-1) – You have to recognize the way Mark Dantonio has built and sold his program.

2.     (3) Ohio State (4-1) – Nov. 8. Buckeyes at Michigan State. Game of the Year in the Big Ten.

3.     (1) Nebraska (5-1) –  Even @fauxPelini was disappointed in the way the Huskers started at Michigan State.

4.     (8) Minnesota (4-1) – The best team in the Big Ten nobody is talking about.

5.     (6) Wisconsin (3-2) – Bad loss at Northwestern. Really bad loss.

6.     (10) Penn State (4-1) – Free spot on the Bingo card for the Nittany Lions on Saturday – a game at Michigan.

7.     (5) Iowa (4-1) – Hawkeyes win with defense, but will they have enough to contend in the Big Ten West?

8.     (9) Northwestern (3-2) – Back-to-back wins over Penn State and Wisconsin have changed the narrative of the season.

9.     (4) Maryland (4-2) – Thought they were ready for prime time after punishing Indiana. Ohio State had a different idea.

10. (7) Rutgers (5-1) – The Scarlet Knights are a three-point loss to Penn State shy of a perfect season.

11. (12) Indiana (3-2) – The Hoosiers need to win three of five winnable games left on their schedule, and Iowa is one of them.

12. (14) Michigan (2-4)  – I still believe the Wolverines' helmets are the best in college football.

13. (13) Purdue (3-3) – Nice win at Illinois.

14. (11) Illinois (3-3) – Terrible home loss to Purdue.


SOURCE: Dr. Bo's Vast College Football Knowledge.

MR. OFFENSE (Big Ten total offense leader)

1.     J. T. Barrett, Ohio State freshman quarterback, 326 yards per game.

2.     Christian Hackenburg, Penn State sophomore quarterback, 302.2.

3.     Wes Lunt, Illinois sophomore quarterback, 301.6.

4.     Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska sophomore quarterback, 292.

5.     Gary Nova, Rutgers senior quarterback, 270.

6.     Nate Sudfeld, Indiana junior quarterback, 234.

7.     Jake Rudock, Iowa junior quarterback, 223.

8.     C.J. Brown, Maryland senior quarterback, 222.

9.     Connor Cook, Michigan State junior quarterback, 215.

10. Trevor Siemian, Northwestern senior quarterback, 203.

SOURCE: cfbstats.com.

STEEL CURTAIN (Big Ten's run defense rankings)

1.     Penn State, 60 yards per game.

2.     Michigan State, 74.

3.     Iowa, 93.

4.     Michigan, 100

5.     Wisconsin, 110.

6.     Nebraska, 121.7.

7.     Minnesota, 121.8.

8.     Indiana, 129.

9.     Ohio State, 134.8.

10. Rutgers, 135.

SOURCE: cfbstats.com

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