Before the season started, it looked like Indiana would have a nearly-impossible schedule to start the year.

But after wins over Penn State, Rutgers and Michigan, the Hoosiers are 3-0 and tied with Ohio State for first place in the Big Ten East.

And according to Hoosiers defensive back Reese Taylor, they should be in consideration for the No. 1 team in the country.

“We should be No. 1 in the country in my eyes, just because of how hard we play, how fast we play,” Taylor told reporters after the 38-21 win over the Wolverines.

Taylor led the Hoosiers with a team-high seven tackles and one sack today.

That might be a bit of a stretch, but the Hoosiers have been excellent since getting a controversial win against Penn State in Week 1.

Tom Allen has his squad 3-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1988. This win over Michigan marked the program’s first in its last 24 attempts.

If you look at the computer models, the Hoosiers are improving there as well. ESPN’s SP+ metric had Indiana at No. 25 in the country coming into this week’s game. After a dominant performance vs. Michigan, they should move up even higher.

As long as Michael Penix Jr. plays like he did today, the Hoosiers will have a chance in any game they play. He completed 30-of-50 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns.

Indiana faces Michigan State next week.