Scott and Galen dive in to a content-rich Michigan State-IU game for recap purposes. The Hoosiers fought valiantly, got close, but came up short against a ranked opponent. If it feels like we've done this podcast before...well, yes, we have. Many times. We talk about the positives from the game, including the continued emergence of Michael Penix and the delightful performances of Whop Philyor and Donovan Hale. We also talk about the maddening frustrations surrounding yet another close-but-no-cigar performance.
It's a rare solo CrimsonCast. With everyone else gone, GC holds down the fort and answers questions about the upcoming game vs Michigan State. Questions from the audience include the quarterback situation, the offensive line, how the playcalling will look against the Spartans, and what exactly this game can and will teach us about this year's edition of IU football.
IU knocks off UConn in expected fashion, so we take stock of the first four weeks of the season by taking some audience Twitter comments and chatting about how people are feeling now that the non-conference portion of the schedule is officially over. We talk about the information surrounding the quarterback position, the loss of Coy Cronk and what that means for the O-line, and the factors going into the betting line for the Michigan State game. We also talk about Michigan's surprisingly bad start to the season and what it all might mean.
Taylor joins GC as we kinda sorta preview the IU - UConn game, although truth be told we mostly talk about the aftermath of the Ohio State game, the questions that still surround the various facets of IU's 2019 edition, and the likely lack of clear resolution to these questions during this weekend. We also consider the Penix question, converse about UConn's personnel, and talk about the aspirational elements of this weekend for the Hoosiers.
What's the roadmap to an Indiana victory? Why the vagueness around the Michael Penix situation? What did we really learn last week about the Hoosiers in their obliteration of EIU? How will Ryan Day Ohio State differ from Urban Meyer Ohio State? This and much more, as GC teams up with Taylor Lehman for a pre-game analysis podcast of Indiana vs Ohio State.
Scott makes a rare appearance at CrimsonCast South Studios, and we talk about the impending Ohio State matchup, the mystery surrounding the Penix injury, the potential roadmap to IU success in this game, and whether a victory warrants a trip to Showalter Fountain.
We tackle the post-game recap of Eastern Illinois, talking about the gameday atmosphere, the ease of IU's victory, and the limited things we can take from the individual statistical performances while still lauding the overall team effort. We then chat about Indiana's standing in the SP+ rankings, their bowl eligibility chances, and then preliminarily evaluate the Ohio State matchup.
Taylor Lehman is back! He joins us on this episode of CrimsonCast as we reflect on the Ball State game and the lessons we think we learned. We then chat about the impending Eastern Illinois game. Spoiler alert, we're not expecting this to be much of a contest, but we do talk about what kind of contest it needs to be for IU to feel good going into next week.
Indiana won their first game of 2019, and it was a decidedly mixed bag. Lots of interesting possibilities, but also some concerning issues. Scott and Galen break down some of the more interesting storylines, including the debut of Michael Penix as starter, the issues in the running game, the stellar performance of special teams, and the questionable tackling on defense.