The NCAA is much-maligned for good reason, but the organization does produce a nice all-in-one stat page that provide and instant look at the results, the upcoming schedule, and where IU stands in the team and individual rankings to date. Also, Maize n Brew has a nice look at the numbers of all Big Ten schools, including IU. How does IU measure up?
The Hoosiers are a middling #60, out of 120 I-A teams, in total offense. The Hoosiers have rebounded nicely from a horrid rushing attack in the Eastern Kentucky game to rank #65 in rushing offense and rank #53 in passing offense. On defense, the Hoosiers' pass efficiency defense is a bit of a concern (#83), but IU ranks #15 nationally in rushing defense, allowing only 76 yards per game. Also, IU is back in 2007 form with an average of 3 sacks per game, good enough for #17 nationally. The Hoosiers rank #33 in scoring defense. Also, IU has allowed only one sack in the first three games, a positive sign for this experienced offensive line.
On special teams, the red flag is net punting: #118 out of 120 teams. Thanks to Ray Fisher's touchdown, IU ranks #19 in kickoff return average.
Perhaps the most important statistic is Sagarin's schedule strength rating: 138. IU has not accumulated these stats against a tough schedule. It gets much tougher on Saturday. More about Michigan tomorrow.