For Hoosiers, this week’s focus is clear: ‘Rutgers, that’s it’

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Indiana coach Tom Allen understands the temptation to peek at the big picture. He also recognizes the pitfalls it can cause.
Allen’s message this week, as the Hoosiers return following their first bye week, is simple: Keep the focus on Rutgers.
“We all see the schedule. Everybody can look at it,” Allen said. “We’ve just got to keep getting better every time we take the field and every time we strap it up on Saturdays.”
It’s hard to ignore what’s at stake this weekend.
Indiana (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) has lost four straight conference games, needs three more wins to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2016 and still must face the likes of No. 10 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan and Nebraska. A victory over reeling Rutgers is essential.
The Scarlet Knights (1-4, 0-3) have lost 15 consecutive conference games since beating Maryland in November 2017 as well as 18 of their last 20 overall. And over the last two weeks things have only gotten worse.
They have coped with a coaching change, dealt with a request from their top running back to

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