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IU dissed in Columbus

If I'm Kevin Wilson down there in Bloomington, this goes up on the team bulletin board this week.

There is, after all, no easier way to draw the fire of Indiana's prickly football coach than to suggest his team, you know, stinks. Do that in his presence, and he'll be on you like chrome on a trailer hitch -- especially now that what he's been saying all along might actually have the ring of truth to it.

What he's been saying is that his football team has a lot more fight in it than Indiana fans are accustomed to seeing. It's the classic example of a team adopting its coach's mentality, and it's hard to argue that hasn't happened after the Hoosiers threw successive scares into Michigan State and Ohio State -- losing to the latter 52-49 Saturday night.

But perceptions die stubborn deaths, and so here's Urban Meyer calling a defensive meeting because, by heaven, it's crisis time when the Buckeyes give up 49 to the sorry likes of IU. And that wasn't even an unspoken sentiment.

"To go out and give up 49 points against Indiana was just embarrassing to us," cornerback Travis Howard said. "We all feel depressed about it."

Depressed? Really?

That's on the bulletin board, too, if I'm Wilson. Outlined in red.

Ben Smith's blog.

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