Indiana coach Kevin Wilson is seeking to improve on his team's Big Ten road record, which is 1-7 since 2011 when he arrived. (Mark A. Cunningham / Getty Images)
Indianapolis — Indiana is taking a different tack through the rugged Big Ten.
Instead of getting detoured by perennial powerhouses, the Hoosiers are ready to take on those challenges. Instead of being distracted by outside expectations, they have focused on meeting their own goals.
And before making a postseason bowl trip, the Hoosiers know they must start winning some games outside Indiana.
The long road back to contention begins Saturday at Michigan State.
“I actually like being on the road sometimes because there are less distractions,” coach Kevin Wilson said Monday. “You’ve got to communicate better in the huddle and, fortunately, when you’re on the road, there’s not a lot of noise when they’re on offense, so it’s not as big a deal for our defense.”
Wilson’s preference hasn’t been reflected in his record.
Indiana is 1-7 in conference road games since Wilson arrived in 2011 with the only victory coming last October at Illinois. That ended an 18-game losing streak in Big Ten games played outside Indiana.
Since 2000, Indiana is 7-45 in Big Ten road games, going 0-4 seven times and 1-3 five times. The only time Indiana won more than one conference road game during those 13 seasons was 2001 when the Hoosiers went 2-2.
Indiana is 2-15 since 1970 at Michigan State.
The Mid-American Conference is among five mid-major conferences who will play in new bowls starting in 2014, ESPN.com reported.
In August, MAC and Sun Belt officials announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., in 2014. That means there will be four additional games for a total of 39 bowls, including the College Football Playoff title game.
Others include the Miami Bowl at Marlins Park, the Bahamas Bowl and the Boca Raton Bowl. That will bring the total to 39 bowls.
... Miami (Ohio) officials named quarterbacks coach Mike Bath interim coach. He replaces Don Treadwell, the former Michigan State assistant who was fired last weekend.