BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) As quickly as a road win over a ranked Missouri team gave the Indiana faithful hope, a blowout loss at home to unranked Maryland left the realization that the Hoosiers still lack the consistency needed to compete every week in the Big Ten.
Now, coach Kevin Wilson and his team find themselves in a familiar situation, 2-2 for the third consecutive year. With a tough conference schedule on the horizon, every loss takes Indiana one step further away from making its first bowl appearance in Wilson's tenure.
"That's what separates the really strong players and the really strong teams from the guys who aren't: consistency," Wilson said Monday. "We said back in preseason we want competition and consistency, and I've seen some solid things in practice, but you have to transfer it to the game."