While eyes may be drawn to IU’s linebacker, led by explosive athletes like McFadden and Cam Jones, or a greedy secondary that’s forced many turnovers, the Hoosier defensive line may be as responsible for a 3-0 start and top-10 ranking as any unit. Unlike in the past, opposing offensive lines from Penn State and Michigan haven’t been able to bully IU’s front.

Quite the opposite. The 13 yards gained by Michigan last Saturday were the least by an IU opponent since William and Mary rushed for minus-32 in 2002. Early in camp, IU coach Tom Allen and defensive coordinator Kane Wommack were saying the d-line appeared more physical than a year ago, and it’s bearing itself out on the field.

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