Two seasons in a row I have predicted the Indiana Hoosiers will be bowl bound, and two seasons in a row I have been let down—but the third time is the charm, right?
Kevin Wilson, who is entering his fifth season as Indiana’s head coach, has to be feeling the pressure by now. With an overall record of 14-34 (6-26 Big Ten), he sits solely on the hot seat as a bowl-or-bust 2015 campaign quickly approaches.
Although he was granted plenty of time and patience with his first two years—building Indiana into a consistent winner in the Big Ten is no easy task—it was widely expected that six wins was an attainable goal for the talent on the roster in 2013 and ’14.
Unfortunately, that goal wasn’t met, as the team lost five of six to lose eligibility in 2013, and fell victim to a plague of key injuries that prevented it to stay competitive within conference play in 2014 (despite an early win over SEC East champion Missouri).
With spring practice out of the way and fall camps in sight—along with a ton of experience (and health, mind you) returning to both sides of the ball—the window for a bowl game is still in place, and Wilson is ready to finally get his Hoosiers a chance to win their first in what would be 24 years.
Here are three reasons why Indiana is poised for a postseason run in 2015.