Ohio State (@1.1) vs Indiana (@7.0)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Ohio State will win

Ohio State – Indiana Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 12:00

The goal for Ohio State on Saturday afternoon will be to get their starters some work and build up a lead, then let some of their backups get some reps in the second half. The Buckeyes have Minnesota in Columbus next week, and Urban Meyer will be looking for his teams to earn some comfortable wins, while also working on some areas of weakness that have shown up through the early season.

Donavan Hale and J-Shun Harris are a couple of other upperclassmen who could be targeted more if Indiana isnt able to get some of their injured receivers healthy. In 2016, Westbrook registered 54 catches for 995 yards and six touchdown receptions, and this year has 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. If Philyor or Timian isnt able to play, or is limited in his participation, the Hoosiers will lean on some of their other wide receivers. A name familiar to Ohio State fans is Nick Westbrook, who tore his ACL on the first play of the year last season against the Buckeyes.

"So the minute -- first off in July, our guys have been working really, really hard.

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On Indianas depth chart heading into this weeks game, essentially all of the projected starters are either juniors or seniors. The lone exception on this depth chart being at cornerback, where the Hoosiers have junior AShon Riggins -or- sophomore Raheem Layne listed as starters. Even though Indiana doesnt produce much pressure on opposing quarterbacks, what the Hoosiers have going for them is plenty of experience on the defensive side of the football.

Coaching Scott and the rest of Indianas running backs is someone who is still looking for his first win against Ohio State. Former Michigan running back Mike Hart is Indianas running backs coach and assistant head coach. Not only did Hart go 0-4 against the Buckeyes during his playing career with the Wolverines, but he has failed to register a win over the Buckeyes as running backs coach of Western Michigan in 2015, as well as last year in his first year Indianas running backs coach.

The point total was definitely under, Ohio State did not score 40, and while Okudah had a big game on the coverage units, he didn't do anything extraordinary on defense. Special teams, particularly Drue Chrisman making nine pretty good punts, definitely played a big part in this game. Additionally, we nailed KJ Hamler scoring on a big play, and Trace McSorley did have a 51 yard scramble, which was big, but PSU did not score on another long play.

Indianas last victory over the Buckeyes came in 1988, as the Hoosiers beat Ohio State 41-7 to win their second straight game in the series. Now the Buckeyes will turn their attention to Indiana, whom they have won 22 straight games against. The last time that Ohio State failed to beat the Hoosiers came in 1990, when the teams tied 27-27 in Bloomington. Overall, Ohio State holds a 73-12-5 edge in the series, and are 53-2-2 since 1952.

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Maryland's offense should be one of the Big Ten's best under first-year coach Mike Locksley, but this isn't a team blessed with depth and a ton of talent at the skill positions. 247Sports take: Remember the chaos surrounding Ohio State's defense following last year's high-scoring win against the Terps on the road? If the Buckeyes are caught out of position and don't tackle well, it could happen again.

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They have surrendered a total of 1,609 yards on D, which is 48th in Division 1. Their rushing defense has allowed 180 attempts for 791 yards this year, putting them in 78th place in D-1 against the run. Indiana is 52nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 106. The Hoosiers have committed 34 penalties for 336 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. The Indiana pass defense has also given up a total of 818 yards through the air, which is 29th overall in total pass defense. The Hoosiers are ranked 39th in yards per play allowed with 5. That ranks them 106th in the nation. Opposing offenses have completed 77 passes on 143 attempts against the Indiana Hoosiers defense this season, placing them 41st and 63rd in the country.

After facing a 26-14 deficit with just eight minutes to go last week against Penn State, Ohio State engineered a miraculous comeback late in the fourth quarter to beat the Nittany Lions by a point for the second year in a row, 27-26. The Buckeyes now are the owners of a 10-game winning streak, which is the second-longest active streak in the nation, behind only defending national champions, the UCF Knights. The win over Penn State gave Ohio State their second victory over a team ranked in the top 15 so far this year.

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Young is tied with Bosa for the team lead in sacks with four this season, while defensive tackle DreMont Jones sits just behind the dynamic defensive ends with 3.5. Even though Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was able to find plenty of room to run on the ground, finishing with 175 yards rushing, Ohio State was able to register four sacks in the victory. The Buckeyes now have 19 sacks this season, which ranks second in the country.

Defensive struggles have been the chief problem with Indiana simply not having enough athletes and depth on defense to keep up with Ohio State's playmakers. A fringe bowl team this fall, Indiana will be lucky to keep this one within the number, a point spread expected to hover around three touchdowns. It won't come here. Tom Allen is 10-15 in two seasons as head coach and is still searching for that signature victory heading into the 2019 season. 247Sports take: The Hoosiers haven't beaten the Buckeyes since 1988, a span of 25 games.

Indiana will need to force Ohio State into some turnovers, because they dont produce much in terms of a pass rush. Of the 10 sacks the Hoosiers have recorded so far this year, only four of those have come from defensive ends or tackles. Marcelino Ball, who plays the husky position for the Hoosiers, which is a linebacker/safety hybrid spot, leads the team with two sacks this season.