Since the day he started as the head coach at Indiana, Tom Allen has said he wants believers in his program. If players didn’t think it was possible that the Hoosiers could beat teams like Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, he didn’t want them around.

Allen’s belief in his program and his players is paying off big time in 2020. IU is off to a 4-0 start with wins over Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State and a huge Top 10 showdown with Ohio State on the horizon.

Even though the Hoosiers are off to an impressive start, not many are giving Allen’s bunch a chance against the Buckeyes. Indiana is a three-touchdown underdog heading into Saturday’s game, but Allen made it clear that he doesn’t care about any of that.

Monday, while meeting with the media, Allen got emotional when talking about his son, Thomas — who was injured against Michigan State and is out for the season — and previewing the Ohio State game.

“I love this place, I love these kids,” Allen said. “We’re going to fight, man. I don’t care what anybody says about this stinkin’ game. We’re going to continue to compete, we’re going to fight, because we’re going to find a way to keep proving everybody wrong. That’s all I got to say.”

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Beating Ohio State is something Indiana hasn’t done since the 1988 season. And it’ll be a tall task in 2020, as Ohio State has looked like a College Football Playoff contender through three games.

Indiana has already overcome so many hurdles, though. The Hoosiers are ranked in the Top 10 for the first time in over 50 years, they beat a Top 10 team for the first time since 1987 and also defeated Michigan for the first time in 33 seasons. A lot has already been accomplished in Bloomington.

But Indiana, and Allen, want to accomplish even more.