The 2020 Big Ten football season is off to a crazy start filled with upsets, schedule changes and plenty of high-quality play. But its still too early for college football fans to make an informed guess at who the best teams are in the conference.
Fox Sports analyst Urban Meyer took a stab at that very question on FS1’s half-time show during the Indiana vs. Rutgers game. While Ohio State seems to be the clear favorite in the Big Ten East, Meyer boldly proclaimed a surprising team as the division’s second best.
“Indiana might be the second-best team in the East,” Meyer said. “We’ll find out tonight, you can’t count out Penn State.”
Urban Meyer: [Indiana] might be the second-best team in the East. We’ll find out tonight. You can’t count out Penn State.
If only there was a way to determine which team was better…
— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) October 31, 2020
The declaration shocked Big Ten fans around the county. Although off to a strong beginning in 2020, Indiana has only had two winning seasons since 2000.
The Hoosiers put the college football world on notice after an overtime upset of Penn State last Saturday. At the time of Meyer’s statement, Indiana led division opponent Rutgers at halftime, hoping for a 2-0 start to a strange 2020. Led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr., head coach Tom Allen’s group boasts a dynamic offense, capable of hanging with the conference’s best defenses.
After Michigan’s loss to Michigan State and a tough game for Penn State on tap tonight, it’s hard to argue with Meyer’s assessment. Although the Big Ten is in its early stages, Indiana definitely is a team to watch.
The Hoosiers continue a tough opening stretch against Michigan next Saturday.