Indiana-Ohio State: Hoosiers Host Buckeyes In Week Five

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2009

Indiana welcomes the No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes to Bloomington for this weekend's premiere matchup. 

This will surely be Indiana's biggest test, as Ohio State consistently has top-10 teams and is usually the first or second best team in the Big Ten Conference every season. 

Indiana is 3-1 and coming off a very close 36-33 loss to the Michigan Wolverines. 

Ohio State is also 3-1 now after a 30-0 demolition of Illinois. 

Buckeyes safety Kurt Coleman has been suspended for the game after a helmet-to-helmet hit on Illinois QB Eddie McGee. He was second team All-Big Ten last season and is a team captain this season. 

Ohio State is led on offense by sophomore QB Terrell Pryor, the consesus top recruit in the country for the class of 2012. He has put up some gaudy numbers, including 695 yards passing and 5 touchdowns, as well as 235 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. A true dual threat quarterback.

The Hoosiers come home after two games on the road, winning at Akron, but losing a tight game to Michigan.

QB Ben Chappell will need to make sure he is smart with the football, although not be afraid to take a chance or two to get a big play downfield. He will be looking to WR Tandon Doss, who has really emerged as the #1 WR for the Hoosiers this season.

Indiana is carring a lot of confidence based on their recent performances, and with a nearly sellout crowd expected, Memorial Stadium is sure to be rocking. Hopefully, this can buoy the Hoosiers to victory.


Game Notes

Indiana has lost 14 straight games against Ohio State by an average of 22.7 points since the teams played to a 27-all tie in 1990. According to the AP, the Hoosiers— 2-23-1 against the Buckeyes in Bloomington—haven't won in the series since 1988.

Darius Willis has now shown that he has what it takes to be the Hoosiers' No. 1 back, and will get the start.

The IU offensive and defensive lines will need to make an impact to win. The O-line only gave up one sack last game, and needs to keep that up. The D-line caused two sacks and a fumble.