Ohio State Football: Players Destined to Shine in Buckeyes Blowout vs. Indiana

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 6:  Head Coach Urban Meyer hugs quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes after the Buckeyes defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 63-38 at Ohio Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Coming into Week 7, anything short of an evisceration is an abject failure for the Ohio State Buckeyes when they face off against a weak Indiana Hoosiers squad.

Ohio State comes into this contest fresh off a 63-38 destruction of Nebraska and with its first Top-10 ranking under head coach Urban Meyer. Leading that charge for the eighth-best team in the nation is an offense that scores 38.5 points per game, which ranks second in the Big Ten.

With a matchup against perhaps the worst defense in the conference on tap, the scoring margin could be wide and some players could have career-best days.

For that reason, here is a look at a few stars that should shine in the Buckeyes' blowout win over Indiana on Saturday. 


Braxton Miller

The scintillating sophomore has been nothing short of Heisman-worthy all season, so there is no reason to think that will change against a weak Indiana defense.

Coming into Week 7, Miller ranks seventh in the nation with 763 yards rushing, a total that also puts him second among quarterbacks behind Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch.

But where the dual-threat outshines most of his like-skilled counterparts is with his efficiency throwing the football. Throwing for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns with just three interceptions, Miller has been both careful with the ball and accurate, completing 61.5 percent of his passes.

That should mean nothing short of a banner game on Saturday against an Indiana. The Hoosiers have given up a Big Ten-worst 441 yards per contest this season and have flailed almost equally against the pass and run.

Don't be shocked if we see Miller strike a well-deserved Heisman pose in Week 7. 


Carlos Hyde

After being hampered earlier in the season with a knee injury, Hyde finally looks on the verge of breaking out in the second half.

The bruising back scampered for a career-high 140 yards on 28 carries and scored four touchdowns last week against Nebraska. 

With Indiana's run defense ranking second-worst in the Big Ten behind the Cornhuskers, Hyde should be in store for another great game. The past two weeks have seen opposing starters from Michigan State and Northwestern combine for 260 yards and four touchdowns as the Hoosiers failed to correct their issues in the front seven.

Considering Hyde's skill level and the Buckeyes' unbelievable ability to run block, anything short of a second-straight 100-yard day could be a disappointment.


John Simon

Like Hyde, injuries have hampered Simon's performance and ability to stay on the field consistently this season.

However, it seems that he's slowly making the rebound back to 100 percent, and it could not come at a better time for the Buckeyes. 

With linebacker Etienne Sabino injured, Ohio State will need to mask the weakness at that position by bringing in an extra defensive back on most downs or sending blitzes at the passer.

The latter may prove to be troublesome as Indiana employs an offensive system predicated on short passes.

That means it will be up to Simon and the Buckeyes' defensive line to get necessary pressure on the quarterback. If this game turns into a blowout as expected, it will be because the senior defensive lineman got pressure in the backfield and caused Hoosiers signal-caller Cameron Coffman to make mistakes.