The No. 8 team in the land, the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) head to Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. for a Saturday night meeting with one of their oldest rivals, the Indiana Hoosiers (2-3).
They have met at the 50-yardline 80 times before as members of the Big Ten Conference, with the Buckeyes holding a commanding 68-8-4 advantage over the Hoosiers all-time.
Ohio State walks into Bloomington fresh off of a 63-38 beating it laid on Nebraska, a game that saw QB Braxton Miller account for 313 yards of total offense and two touchdowns.
Indiana watched its 13-point halftime lead disappear against the Michigan State Spartans, allowing 17 unanswered second half points to the Spartans en route to a heart breaking 31-27 loss.
Here's what you need to know in advance of this weekend's action.
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
When: Saturday, October 13 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Big Ten Network
Live Stream: Big Ten Digital Network
Betting Line: Ohio State (-17), per Yahoo! Sports
Who Might Not Play for Ohio State
*Injury information according to USA Today
RB Jordan Ball (ankle), day-to-day
CB C.J. Barnett (ankle), day-to-day
RB Warren Ball (foot), out indefinitely
LB Etienne Sabino (leg), out indefinitely
Who Might Not Play for Kansas State
*Injury information according to USA Today
LB Chase Hoobler (back), questionable
T Charlie Chapman (concussion), questionable
CB Michael Hunter (hernia surgery), out indefinitely
OL Jake Reed (hand), out indefinitely
QB Tre Roberson (leg), out for season
Key Storyline: Can Ohio State Stay Focused?
There's only one game on the Buckeyes' schedule that everyone circled when the schedules were released—the last game of the season against their arch-rivals, the Michigan Wolverines.
With no ranked opponents on their schedule between now and November 24 when that meeting takes place, can Urban Meyer's squad keep their eyes on the task at hand and not look past the Big Ten foes who await them before then?
It would be a major surprise to see them falter this week, even against an upstart Indiana squad that did whatever they wanted to do on offense in the first half of their game against Michigan State.
What They're Saying
Ohio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby tells Michael Periatt of The Lantern, Ohio State's student-run newspaper, that the Buckeyes have their eyes on the prize, paying no attention to the fact that the team is ineligible for postseason play:
We’re trying to go 12-0, win every single game. Trying to get that AP No. 1, go and win the national championship. That’s our goal.
Head Coach Urban Meyer, not known for offenses that are of the ground-and-pound variety, has no complaints about his team's lack of a potent passing attack:
We’re kind of a pound-ya offense right now. I don’t mind that. I’ve not had a lot of those. But that’s a pound-ya offense.
Ohio State Player to Watch: Braxton Miller, QB
Sophomore Braxton Miller has emerged as one of the more dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, even if his passing lags behind his ability to run the ball.
He ranks 92nd in the nation with only 13.83 completions per game, but that's a higher number than Kansas State's Collin Klein, a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in 2012.
Miller is the 11th-most potent runner in the nation, averaging 127.17 yards per game on the ground. Only two quarterbacks—Michigan's Denard Robinson (135.20) and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch (131.50)—average more than Miller, who leads the Buckeyes with 763 yards rushing and eight rushing touchdowns.
Against a Hoosiers' defense that's allowing nearly 200 yards rushing per game, Miller looks poised to have another big day, one that will only increase the volume on those who say he's a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate this season.
Indiana Player to Watch: Cameron Coffman, QB
Playing without starting QB Tre Robinson, who was lost to a broken leg in the second game of the season, the Hoosiers typically have gone with a two-pronged approach to the position: Cameron Coffman in the first half, freshman Nate Sudfeld in the second half.
Except that didn't happen against Michigan State.
While Coffman was unable to do anything against the Spartans defense in the second half, he figures to be under center all day long against the Buckeyes after an impressive performance that saw him go 33-of-48 for 282 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
He could cause issues for an Ohio State defense that only ranks 96th against the pass.
Prediction: Ohio State 45, Indiana 21
Indiana played well on both sides of the ball against the Spartans but it hasn't seen a team quite as explosive as the Buckeyes. Miller's ability to take over a game will prove to be too much for a Hoosiers' squad that will hang around early but ultimately prove to be no match for Ohio State.