Just when you think you've got Indiana figured out, the team goes the opposite way.
The Hoosiers bounced back from a dismal performance at Virginia by beating Illinois 27-14. Ben Chappell threw for a career-high 333 yards and three touchdowns. The defense made big plays in the third and fourth quarter. Even a short punt by Mitchell Evans didn't come back to hurt.
IU had a more physical week of practice, and it paid off.
"We had a great week of practice, the confidence was back and we had a great feeling about the game this week," said defensive end Jammie Kirlew, who forced two of the team's three fumbles.
"Coach Lynch got us back on track, some of the things he did in practice to get that fire back in us that we had earlier in the season that kind of faded away. It was big for everyone this week. This is a big win for us. We want to us this as momentum for the rest of the season."
I said the Hoosiers had to win two of the three games during the stretch that started last week at Virginia and ends next week at Northwestern. They are 1-1 with the Wildcats waiting in Evanston.