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

There is always the fear of Ohio State coming out of the gates slow after last weeks emotional comeback win on the road over Penn State, but the Buckeyes simply have too much talent for Tom Allens Hoosiers squad to keep up. There have been a few games over the past decade in which the Hoosiers have been a thorn in the side of the Buckeyes, but this doesnt look to be one of those games.

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.

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.

Haskins wasnt the only Buckeye to be honored for his performance last week, as defensive end Chase Young was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week. With Ohio State not having the services of defensive end Nick Bosa for a second straight game, Young had his best outing as a Buckeyes on Saturday night. The sophomore finished with six tackles, three of those being for loss, two sacks, and two pass breakups.

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In fact, College GameDay will likely be in town, touting the Huskers' unbeaten start in Scott Frost's second season. Sounds like a good bit of motivational fuel for the Buckeyes, right? One of the must-see games across college football in Week 5, Ohio State escapes a raucous environment to remain perfect in conference play. 247Sports take: The first game of the season that should worry the Buckeyes a bit, Nebraska welcomes the defending Big Ten champs to Lincoln in arguably the biggest home game in a decade plus.

If Justin Fields is still in the Heisman conversation coming down the stretch, his performance against Penn State could be vital to his campaign. 247Sports take: This is always a challenging game for the Buckeyes, but Penn State is a tougher out on the road and most are projecting the Nittany Lions to be somewhat of a mixed bag this season, hovering around the eight-win mark. The past two meetings in this rivalry have been 1-point thrillers and there's no reason to project 2019's matchup to be much different.

The Buckeyes have an over/under record of 2-3-0 and they are 3-2-0 against the spread. The Hoosiers have an ATS record of 1-4-0 while their over/under record is 2-3-0. The opening line for this game has Ohio State as 27.5 point favorites. The Indiana Hoosiers travel to Ohio Stadium to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

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.

After losing to Michigan State 35-21 two weeks ago, the Hoosiers got back in the win column last week with a 24-17 win on the road at Rutgers. Quarterback Peyton Ramsey paced the Indiana offense, throwing for over 200 yards in his second straight game, finishing with 288 yards passing and a touchdown, as well as 51 yards rushing and a score on the ground.

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That places them 92nd in Division 1 in punting average. The Hoosiers average 18 yards per kick return and they are 59th in the country in all-purpose yards with 2,300. Indiana is ranked 48th in the nation in punt returns with 9. The Indiana Hoosiers have attempted 6 field goals this season and made 5, which is 56th in D-1. They have returned 6 kicks for 109 yards on special teams, ranking 113th in kick return yardage. They've accumulated 130 punt return yards and average 14.4 yards per return, which is 30th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 83%. Their punters have totaled 842 yards on 21 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. Indiana Hoosiers kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 16 for 17 this year.

Indiana has started the year off strong; sitting at 4-1 needing just two more wins to be bowl eligible. The question remains: Can Indiana truly compete in the Big Ten? Last week Indiana bounced back against a struggling Rutgers team. Quarterback Peyton Ramsey threw for 288 yards and a touchdown along with another on the ground to life the Hoosiers to a 24-17 victory. Going up against a powerful Buckeyes team is no easy task. After going undefeated in non-conference play, the Hoosiers fell to ranked Michigan State at home by 14 points.

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.

No one benefited from Meyer's retirement than Jim Harbaugh, who will try and get the monkey off his back in what we expect will be the Wolverines' most important game of his tenure. If Michigan suffers another blowout loss to the Buckeyes, Harbaugh's future in Ann Arbor will be in doubt regardless of 2019's final record. 'The Game' will feature two Top 10 teams, potentially a final four play-in game should the winner go on to take care of business in the conference title game the following weekend. 247Sports take: One of the reasons the Big Ten will end its two-year Playoff drought this season? Ohio State's winning streak over Michigan sits at seven, but it ends this fall.

Theoffense might be a little faster-paced, but its not going to throw likethatagain.Ohio State and Dwayne Haskins bombed away in a special season for the attack finishing third in the nation in passing efficiency and second in total offense but six starters are done, and there will be more of an emphasis on the ground game because .