After an anything but easy Big Ten opener win against Illinois, Ohio State looks to improve to 6-0 against a much improved Indiana team that fields the nations 12th ranked offense. Ohio State must not look a head to their prime-time match up against Wisconsin in Camp Randall Stadium the following week, because this Indiana team can score points in a hurry.
The status of injured Heisman hopeful Terrelle Pryor, who sustained a strained thigh in the 3rd quarter against Illinois remains to be for seen. ."I was in full stride and all of a sudden I felt and heard something pop and I was like 'What's going on?"' Pryor said after the game. "It was probably the worst pain I had in a while." Not a good thing to hear the leader of the Buckeye offense say, but Pryor remains optimistic about his return, “Hopefully, with the ice and the treatment, we can get that taken care of and I’ll be back to good,” he said. “I’ll be back." It will be interesting to see what Pryor is able to do in practice, if anything this week. If Pryor is not ready to go come Saturday, that would mean Joe Bauserman would be in line to get the start, who had a rough two series filling in for Pryor against Illinois going 1 for 2 for 1yd and an int.
If Pryor is limited Saturday, the Buckeyes should still be able to move the ball against an Indiana Defense that ranks 72nd nationally giving up over 200 ypg on the ground. Dan Herron should be able to keep his momentum rolling from a big game against Illinois, and put up good numbers on Saturday. Brandon Saine should also be able to get back on track from his rough performance against Illinois, 7 carries for 14yds. Pryor should be able to get his receivers involved in the offense early, Michigan's Denard Robinson was able to throw for over 270 yards last week against the Hoosiers. Look for Pryor to take some shots down field to Posey, who has been relatively quiet the past two weeks, only recording 5 catches for 63yds.
Defensively Ohio State most get pressure on Indiana's senior quarter back Ben Chappell. Chappell is lighting opposing defenses up, passing for over 340 ypg and Chappell has the ability to takeover a game when he gets comfortable in the pocket. Chappell has some dangerous targets on offense, none more so then junior Tandon Doss. Doss had 15 receptions for 221 against Michigan last week, and Indiana loves getting Doss the ball early and often. Indiana has not faced a front 4 as good as the Buckeyes yet this year, Cameron Heyward and Nathan Williams should be able to keep Chappell flustered in the pocket, forcing Chappell to make ill advised throws leading to Buckeye interceptions. Cameron Heyward will have many opprotunities to record his first sack of the year.
Ohio State's Chimidi Chewka and Devon Torrence will need to bring their A game against Tandon Doss (323yds receiving) and Damarlo Belcher (375yds receiving) in the secondary. For Indiana to have a chance to win, both Doss and Belcher must have big games. This will be the best tandom of wide receivers the buckeyes have faced since going against the University of Miami's Travis Benjamin and Aldarious Johnson win weeek two, both who were held in check buy Chewka and Torrence.Tyler Moeller is out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle, putting pressure on true freshman Christian Bryant who filled in nicely when Moeller went down against Illinois recording 5 tackles. Indiana only averages 102 ypg rushing, so don't expect much movement on the ground for the Hoosiers, although they will try to get Tandon Doss some rushes on reverses and end around plays that the Buckeyes must be prepared for.
When the clock strikes 00:00 on Saturday the Ohio State pass rush will be too much for Ben Chappell and the Hoosiers, with Ohio States rushing offense overpowering Indiana's defense.
Ohio State 31 Indiana 14