Indiana's Memorial Stadium Has Been Good to Ohio State

Chip MinnichCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2009

31 Oct 1998: Tight end John Lumpkin #85 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at the Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. The Buckeyes defeated the Hoosiers 38-7.
Ohio State travels to Bloomington, IN, to take on the Indiana Hoosiers in Memorial Stadium at 7pm EST. Ohio State has not played Indiana since the 2006 season, due to the Big Ten’s rotating schedule (Michigan State and Northwestern are not on Ohio State’s schedule this season).

Indiana has not won in its home stadium against Ohio State since the 1988 season (41-7 on 10/08/1988; John Cooper’s first season as Ohio State’s head coach), and the last tie game in Memorial Stadium was 1990 (27-27 on 10/13/1990). Since the 1992 game, Ohio State has averaged 32 points to Indiana’s 12 points in all of the games played in Memorial Stadium (see below):

Compounding Indiana’s frustration in this series is the fact that Memorial Stadium is commonly taken over by traveling Ohio State fans. For example, in the 2005 contest, Ohio State fans began their “O-H-I-O” chant throughout Memorial Stadium, much to the frustration of then-Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner. The 1996 contest in Memorial Stadium propelled Ohio State to the Rose Bowl and Ohio State fans stormed the field and tore down Indiana’s goal posts.

Will Memorial Stadium be another Buckeye haven this coming weekend? It will be interesting to find out if chants of “O-H-I-O” are evident during the Big Ten Network’s broadcast Saturday night.