Hoosiers heading into an early bye

That darn double bye.

IU coach Kevin Wilson has said in the past that he’s not necessarily a big fan of the early bye week. He, like most coaches, would rather see the open date fall somewhere in the middle of the schedule, when teams can regroup and heal for the second half of the season. But with the season once again starting in late August, Indiana is among the many teams facing a double bye situation this year. The Hoosiers’ next open date is in late October.

That means Saturday’s 28-10 win over Indiana State served as an extension of the preseason, of sorts. It’s not necessarily ideal to get ready for the first game week and then table your routine so quickly out of the gates. For the Hoosiers, it allows for a period of review and adjustment ahead of a six-game run that begins with Bowling Green and takes them through the non-conference and early Big Ten portions of the schedule ahead of the second, October bye.

“Our deal was trying to take this game as a learning opportunity and not be in a preseason mindset, but have the mindset that we’re ready for a really good six‑game stretch and to play the best we can and see how far we can come through preseason, through this game, through the open date,” Wilson said. “It’s what’s going to be the meat of the schedule. Some great teams are playing the whole schedule, but to have the toughness, and the health, and the maturity and now we play a game obviously a lot of things we want to polish, eliminate, grow. Lot of things we need to gain on. So I don’t dislike it, but if it was the only one, I would hate it. So I don’t dislike it.”