Ohio State Football: 5 Reasons The Buckeyes Will Crush Indiana

While the Hoosiers previous year tried to set up Coleman for big runs – his 200-yard effort against the Buckeyes included touchdowns of 90 yards and 52 yards – Howard is more of a every-down banger. Fifth-year senior Jake Reed is a returning starter at center.


The Ohio State Buckeyes pay a visit to Memorial Stadium to battle the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday.

Meyer said he saw a more aggressive team. The 17-game streak is tied for the fifth longest in Ohio State history.

Why You Need To Care Ohio State isn’t playing like the No. 1 team in the country, but it doesn’t have to. The good thing about this offense is there’s way of doing that. Regardless, the Hoosiers have nothing to lose this week.

“I would have expected us to play a little better“, Meyer said after completing the nonconference schedule.

The defense likely will face a few stress this week from Indiana’s offense, which is No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring (38.2-point average) and yards per game at 522.2. He finished with 68 yards on just 12 carries.

A year ago, the Hoosiers were 3-2 when they lost Sudfeld to an injury to his left shoulder. He’s coming off a 19-of-34, 205-yard day at Wake Forest which included a TD pass and no turnovers, and will have to be better against Ohio State. Backs are strong. It’s a good quarterback. The Buckeyes are on pace to fumble 40 times in 12 regular-season games after fumbling 24 times in 15 games last season. The junior has 10 tackles, leading the squad with five tackles for a loss, and is second with two sacks in three games. “Just go out, compete and play to the best of my ability.”. – Coach Kevin Wilson on how his team can improve offensively.

If the passing game fails, the Hoosiers can go to Jordan Howard on the ground. All told, Coach Ed Warinner’s offense racked up 511 yards of yardage – 288 passing and 223 rushing.

Catching the Sudfeld passes will be a combination between Rick Jones, Simmie Cobbs and Mitchell Paige. So far this season, Howard has rushed for 675 yards and four touchdowns. 22 BYU, Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines have announced themselves as perhaps the third-best team in the Big Ten as well as a potential spoiler to Ohio State and Michigan State. Hopefully Hoosiers fans have enjoyed it while it lasted.

The Wildcats are trying to rebound from last week’s 56-30 pasting on their home field against UCLA, while the Cardinal will try to take over the tempo with their physical play. B1G play begins for the Buckeyes.

Sort of forgotten in all the craziness over the second half of last season was how Indiana (4-0) gave Ohio State (4-0) one of its toughest games of the year.

To steal a recruit as good as Bell right under Nick Saban’s nose was a big deal.

It is not often that a football coach – especially a universally respected football coach – publicly exposes us to his fears, but ever since his resignation from Florida, Meyer has become that guy. At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, he sure has the size needed to be an National Football League quarterback, but there will probably be questions about adapting to a pro-style offense as he normally works from the shotgun. When Ohio State released its depth chart this week, the “OR” in between Jones and Barrett was gone for the first time this season. Ricky Jones has added 18 catches for 411 yards and three touchdowns.

“He’s learning the game”, he said.


Iowa plays Wisconsin, and Minnesota visits Northwestern in what are two key stops on the road to the B1G title game.

Indiana studying to pass the Ohio State test