A midseason review of the Big Ten

Originally Published: October 12, 2004
By Teddy Greenstein | Special to
A midseason team-by-team look at the Big Ten.

The Hoosiers thought they had turned the corner after shocking No. 24 Oregon on the road. But the game, which featured seven Oregon turnovers, turned out to be little more than a fluke. Coach Gerry DiNardo's team continues to put up respectable offensive numbers (even though starting tailback BenJarvus Green-Ellis is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry), but the defense -- particularly the rush defense -- continues to be a problem. And blowing a 20-7 lead to Michigan State could not have been good for morale.

Midseason MVP: WR Courtney Roby has re-emerged as the team's top playmaker, with 34 catches for 592 yards. The senior from Indianapolis starred as a sophomore, leading the Hoosiers in receptions (59) and yards (1,039) before falling off last year. Roby, also a track start at IU, is a cousin of former All-Pro punter Reggie Roby.