Indiana athletics director Fred Glass spoke of taking the Hoosiers’ football program to “another level” in introducing head coach Tom Allen in December 2016. At the time, it was widely dismissed as AD-speak, another proclamation of optimism for a nationally irrelevant program with one seven-win season in the last three decades.
Five years later, Glass is gone – retired last year – but Allen, entering his fifth season, has proven Glass right; Indiana football has reached another level.
It took Allen only three years to deliver their first AP top-25 ranking since 1994 and first eight-win season since 1993. With a 6-1 conference record in year four (2020), Indiana tied the 1967 team for the second-best conference winning percentage (.857) ever, and, despite an abbreviated schedule, they have 14 total wins the last two years, tying their third-highest two-year total since the 1940s.
And if Allen and the Hoosiers hit the over on their 2021 win total of 7.5, they’ll have back-to-back eight-win seasons for the second time ever and (at minimum) 16 wins over two years for the first time.
This week on High Motor by BetMGM, in the second of seven college football betting previews, we discussed Indiana reaching another level, selling Nebraska (again), identifying value in the West Division, and more.