Ohio State vs. Indiana: Complete Game Preview
Ohio State is halfway to an undefeated season in its first year under Urban Meyer after blasting Nebraska 63-38 on Saturday night in the Horseshoe.
At 6-0, the Buckeyes head out to Bloomington for a primetime clash with Kevin Wilson and the upset-minded Indiana Hoosiers, who are still in search of their first Big Ten win of the season.
The last time these teams met was a little too close for comfort as the Buckeyes held off a feisty Hoosier team 34-20. With the scene switched to Indiana, will OSU improve to 7-0?
Here is a full game preview for Saturday's matchup.
Who: Ohio State at Indiana
Where: Memorial Stadium "The Rock" (52,929), Bloomington, Ind.
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
TV: Big Ten Network, Eric Collins: play-by-play, Derek Rackley: color,
Ohio: Akron - 1590 AM; Cincinnati - 1480 AM; Cleveland - 850 AM; Columbus - 1460 AM; Columbus - 97.1 FM; Toledo - 1470 AM; Youngstown - 1390 AM
Indiana: Bloomington - 105.5 FM; Evansville - 1400 AM; Fort Wayne - 1250 AM; Indianapolis - 1070 AM
Satellite: Sirius 112 (Indiana Broadcast), Sirius 135 (Ohio State Broadcast)
Depth Chart for Ohio State
Quarterback: Braxton Miller, Kenny Guiton
Running Back: Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith
Wide Receiver: Corey "Philly" Brown, Devin Smith, Jake Stoneburner, Evan Spencer, Michael Thomas, Chris Fields
Tight End: Jeff Heuerman, Nick Vannett
Offensive Tackle: Jack Mewhort, Reid Fragel, Darryl Baldwin, Taylor Decker
Offensive Guard: Andrew Norwell, Marcus Hall, Antonio Underwood, Chase Farris
Center: Corey Linsley, Jacoby Boren
Defensive End: John Simon, Nathan Williams, J.T. Moore, Michael Bennett
Defensive Tackle: Johnathan Hankins, Garrett Goebel, Joel Hale, Adolphus Washington
Linebacker: Ryan Shazier, Storm Klein, Josh Perry, Curtis Grant, Conner Crowell, David Perkins
Cornerback: Bradley Roby, Travis Howard, Doran Grant, Adam Griffin
Safety: C.J. Barnett, Christian Bryant, Orhian Johnson, Corey Brown
Depth Chart for Indiana
Quarterback: Cameron Coffman or Nate Sudfeld
Running Back: Tevin Coleman, D'Angelo Roberts
Wide Receiver: Cody Latimer, Duwyce Wilson, Shane Wynn, Nick Stoner, Kofi Hughes, Jamonne Chester
Tight End: Ted Bolser, Charles Love
Offensive Tackle: Jason Spriggs, Peyton Eckert, Pete Bachman, Ralston Evans
Offensive Guard: Bernard Taylor, Dan Feeney, Collin Rahrig, Cody Evers
Center: Will Matte, Collin Rahrig
Defensive End: Ryan Phillis, John Laihinen, Bobby Richardson, Zack Shaw
Defensive Tackle: Larry Black, David Replogle, Adarius Rayner, Nicholas Sliger
Linebacker: Jacarri Alexander, Chase Hoobler, David Cooper, Griffen Dahlstrom, Jordan Wallace, Jake Michalek
Cornerback: Kenny Mullen, Brian Williams, Greg Heban, Lawrence Barnett
Safety: Mark Murphy, Drew Hardin, Ryan Thompson, Alexander Webb
What Happened to the Buckeyes Last Week?
Ohio State started slow against Nebraska, then found its legs and ran wild on the 'Huskers in their 63-38 win.
The Buckeyes rushed for 371 yards, led by 186 from Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller and a career-high 140 yards from big back Carlos Hyde.
Corner Bradley Roby had two interceptions to spark the Buckeyes until Miller picked things up and gave his team a lot of momentum.
Hyde rushed for four TDs, with Rod Smith also scoring and Miller running for one score and throwing for another to TE Jeff Heuerman.
What Happened to the Hoosiers Last Week?
It's been since the final game of the 2010 season that the Indiana Hoosiers won a Big Ten game, and they came oh so close last week after taking a stunning 17-0 lead on Michigan State.
Indiana failed to hold on as the Spartans scored 17 unanswered points to stun the upset-minded Hoosiers at home 31-27.
Cameron Coffman was brilliant for Indiana, going 33-for-48 with 282 yards and three touchdowns, but it just wasn't enough to pull off the upset.
What's tougher to stomach for the Hoosiers is they committed fewer penalties and no turnovers. The Hoosiers still need to figure out what it takes to win in the Big Ten.
What It Means to Both Teams
For Ohio State
The Buckeyes can continue their perfect run and possibly contend for the AP National Championship, which is all they can do due to the NCAA sanctions.
Ohio State has looked very good at times, and other times has been not quite so good. They haven't put together a good 60 minute football game even though they looked very good through the final three quarters of Saturday's win over Nebraska.
This is a typical trap/letdown game, so Ohio State does need to tread carefully.
Again, Indiana has not won a Big Ten football game in nearly two years, since the end of the Bill Lynch era.
Last year's loss at Ohio State was pretty close, and the Hoosiers twice lost by just one possession.
At some point though, Kevin Wilson needs to prove that Indiana is moving in the right direction and one way of doing that is to win at least one conference game.
A win over Ohio State might reignite the Indiana football program.
Key Player for Ohio State: QB Braxton Miller
When you're a Heisman hopeful like Braxton Miller is, you're always a key player in every game.
Miller has grown dramatically since last year's meeting between Indiana and Ohio State, as was evidenced by the big plays he has made time and again for his team.
He is improving as a passer every week, but he will always be more of a threat with his feet because of the ability to make jukes and cuts that most football players simply can't make.
Miller will need to continue to improve his passing as teams will keep trying to take his feet away, which is easier said than done.
Key Player for Indiana: TE Ted Bolser
Whether Cameron Coffman or Nate Sudfeld is at quarterback, the go-to guy in the redzone will be Ted Bolser, who is arguably one of the best tight ends in the country.
Bolser has three receptions in each of his five games with his first touchdown of the year coming last week against Michigan State.
Against an Ohio State team that has a propensity to give up big plays in the passing game, Bolser might be a guy to be concerned with.
Ohio State Will Win If...
On paper, this is an absolute mismatch in favor of Ohio State in almost every way you look at it.
That's the biggest danger for OSU is that it is such a heavy favorite that, especially considering two emotional wins over Michigan State and Nebraska, they might overlook the Hoosiers.
The hope is that after the scare Indiana put into the Buckeyes a year ago that they won't overlook this team, especially going on the road.
If they come in with a good amount of focus and prepare like they should, there's almost no reason barring any major rash of injuries that the Buckeyes shouldn't leave Bloomington at 7-0.
Indiana Will Win If...
Indiana should have a little bit of confidence knowing that they played with Ohio State for a good portion of last year's game.
They will have the home-field advantage under the lights and might catch an OSU team coming off two tough wins a little emotionally drained.
Indiana has a good offense and might gain confidence should they put up some big points on the Buckeye defense. But the truth is that the Hoosiers may have to play a perfect game to have a chance to knock Ohio State from the ranks of the unbeaten.
There is without a doubt a huge talent disparity between Ohio State and Indiana, but that's why games aren't played on paper.
Conventional wisdom says Urban Meyer won't allow his team to have a letdown, especially after a great performance against Nebraska.
It seems like Ohio State might try to work on its passing game if they get up by a good enough early on, which you would expect.
In the end, Ohio State is just too much for Indiana to handle, even on the road.
Prediction: Ohio State 45, Indiana 21
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