Ohio State Football: 7 Buckeyes to Watch vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIINovember 3, 2011

Ohio State Football: 7 Buckeyes to Watch vs. Indiana Hoosiers

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    Ohio State football should have an easy opponent in Big Ten cellar-dweller Indiana Hoosiers at home.

    The Hoosiers (1-8, 0-5 Big Ten) have been horrible, while the Buckeyes (5-3, 2-2) are coming off two huge wins over the Illinois Fighting Illini and Wisconsin Badgers.

    With Indiana not being good at much of anything, seven Ohio State Buckeyes have a chance to shine come Saturday.

DT John Simon

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    John Simon is coming off two great games for the Buckeyes.

    The junior defensive tackle has 11 tackles and four sacks the last two games.

    Against the Badgers, Simon was very disruptive at the line and applied constant pressure to Wisconsin senior quarterback Russell Wilson.

    Simon has 29 tackles (nine for loss) and five sacks on the year.

    Indiana has allowed 23 sacks (90th in the nation), so look for Simon and his defensive linemates to frequently harass freshman quarterback Tre Roberson.

QB Braxton Miller

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    Freshman quarterback Braxton Miller did it all for the Buckeyes against Wisconsin.

    He used his legs for 99 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

    He also threw the game-winning touchdown—a 40-yard scoring strike to freshman wide receiver Devin Smith.

    Now, Miller has only 492 passing yards this season, but he has an opportunity to develop his passing game against a struggling Indiana defense.

    The Hoosiers are ranked 62nd in pass defense (223.67 yards a game), allowing 22 touchdowns and gaining just four picks.

    Miller needs to get Smith, sophomore wide receiver Corey Brown and junior tight end Jake Stoneburner involved early to exploit a weaker secondary.

LT Mike Adams

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    Senior left tackle Mike Adams has been doing what he does best—making key blocks so the running backs can get extra yards.

    Since coming back from a five-game suspension, Adams has helped Ohio State rush for 722 yards and six touchdowns in the Buckeyes' last three contests.

    Indiana has a horrible defense that cannot stop the run (234.67 yards a game). Adams and the offensive line will try to make big holes for running back Dan Herron and quarterback Braxton Miller to get big gains.

RB Dan Herron

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    Dan Herron continues to eat defenses alive after returning from his six-game suspension.

    The senior Buckeye running back carved out Wisconsin's front seven, gaining 160 yards, which included a 57-yard burst.

    The Hoosier run defense is downright awful, so expect Herron to run wild and maybe get 200 yards.

LB Andrew Sweat

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    Linebacker Andrew Sweat has been solid all season.

    The senior has 57 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

    Sweat had eight tackles against Wisconsin, including forcing Badger quarterback Russell Wilson to make an errant throw as time expired to preserve a key 33-29 win.

    Sweat will key on Indiana's biggest offensive threat in Stephen Houston. The sophomore running back has 577 rushing yards (5.2 yards a carry) and six touchdowns.

WR Devin Smith

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    Freshman wide receiver Devin Smith was the hero in Ohio State's comeback victory over the Wisconsin Badgers.

    Smith nabbed a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Braxton Miller with 20 seconds left in the game.

    Indiana has a suspect secondary (223.67 yards a game) and could be a perfect opportunity for Smith to get more big-play chances. 

    So far, Smith leads the Buckeyes' receivers with 227 yards and he has four scores.

CB Bradley Roby

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    Freshman cornerback Bradley Roby drew a tough assignment in Wisconsin senior wide receiver Nick Toon.

    However, Roby shut down the explosive Toon to the tune of just three catches for 39 yards with no touchdowns.

    If Roby can shut down Toon, imagine what he could do with Indiana wide receiver Kofi Hughes?

    Roby is having an impressive freshman campaign. The Georgia native has 24 tackles, three interceptions and three pass breakups.

    Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.