Week 1 showed that the Big Ten is a conference that has good teams at the top and some quality teams even trickling down toward the bottom.
Indiana isn’t known as a powerhouse, but the Hoosiers did beat Ball State to open the season 34-24. The win wasn’t overwhelmingly impressive, but not every team can say it is 1-0 at this point.
Just ask Tennessee, who lost to Georgia State.
The Hoosiers certainly have things to work on going into Week 2 and one of those is tackling. Against Ball State, Indiana counted as many as 25 missed tackles.
Ahead of the Week 2 game against Eastern Illinois, Hoosiers coach Tom Allen talked about the tackling issue during his weekly press conference:
Tom Allen, "That's significant, it's something I take personally" on 25 missed tackles on Saturday.
— Hoosier Huddle (@Hoosier_Huddle) September 2, 2019
Allen: "Tackling, after watching the film, was just as bad on film as it was live."
IU counted 25 missed tackles, perhaps as many as 180 yards allowed off missed tackles. #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) September 2, 2019
If Indiana wants to compete with the big boys and pull off some — what would be considered — upsets this season, tackling can’t be an issue. Allen, of course, knows this.