Analysis: Can IU win another game?

The question is a simple one: With four games to play against Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State and Purdue, can the Indiana football team win another game this season or will the Hoosiers fade off to a 3-9 season. Fair or unfair, the answer rests on the shoulders of Zander Diamont.

Indiana has four games to play in the 2014 football season.

IU is 3-5 and would somehow need to win three of those games to get bowl eligible.

The reality, however, is that it’s difficult to picture Indiana winning another game this season.

Whether it’s fair or not, Zander Diamont just doesn’t appear to be ready to lead a Big Ten college football team.

That was once again more than a little apparent in Indiana’s 34-10 loss to Michigan Saturday afternoon at the Big House.

In his defense, he did look a little more comfortable on a couple of throws. He did have a couple of good runs. He had a first down run on an option play on IU’s first drive and he that 35-yard scamper that took everyone – including himself – by surprise in the fourth quarter.

But you just never get the feeling when he’s out there that Indiana has command of the game. If the Hoosiers are going to pick up a first down you figure it’s going to be with the ball in Tevin Coleman’s hands.

And the reality there is that the defense has to be thinking the same thing.

Unless we get to a point where Diamont is able to complete throws down field then it will continue to be this story.

The frustrating part is that we hear that he’s a lot better at that in practice. But then the game speeds up in game situations and he just doesn’t have the same consistency.

In a nutshell, that’s where Indiana football is in 2014 with four games to play.

IU has a great running back who may still threaten to run for 2,000 yards. He would need to average 175 yards per game over the last four but I don’t think there’s anyone out there who doubts that Coleman is capable of such a feat.

If Diamont could establish any kind of passing game it would certainly make a huge difference there. Defenses would not be able to key on Coleman the way they did Saturday at Michigan. Sure, he still gained 108 yards but his long gain was 17. It seems in most games he plays he breaks a big run or two or considerably better than 20 yards. That wasn’t the case on Saturday.

And so it comes back on the shoulders of a true freshman from California. Is that fair? Probably not. But was it fair that Nate Sudfeld went down with a season-ending injury against Iowa either? Probably not.

If Indiana has any chance to win another game this season, Diamont is going to have to elevate his game considerably.

Otherwise, you’re looking at Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State and even Purdue simply licking their collective chops looking forward to facing a struggling Indiana football team.

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