Ohio State vs. Indiana prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in the game between the Buckeyes and Hoosiers.
The Indiana Hoosiers will attempt to shake a lengthy history of futility against the Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend in Columbus. The Hoosiers have just 12 wins against the Buckeyes and have lost 20 games in a row dating back to 1990, which was a 27-27 tie between the two teams. To find the last time Indiana topped Ohio State one has to look all the way back to 1988. The Buckeyes hold a 71-12-5 lead in the all-time series.
Urban Meyer said this is the best Indiana team Kevin Wilson has had during his tenure. That’s not saying much, even after last week’s win over Michigan State. Meyer likely is just trying to be nice, because he knows exactly what the rest of us know – J.T. Barrett will run and throw all over this Indiana defense as the Buckeyes win by at least three scores.
Apparently, Urban Meyer believes J.T. Barrett is on the same level Tim Tebow was. I’m not touching that one, but Barrett is extremely skilled, and I totally believe in his stock as an NFL prospect. He’s going to roll up and down the field on with Indiana’s secondary. Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel will be able to run backwards through the holes they’ll see. And I feel like Nick Bosa will have a pretty big game with this one. I’m calling two sacks for him against the Hoosiers. Ohio State wins with its eyes closed, while hopping on one leg, tapping its stomach and rubbing its head. Piece of cake.
Veteran Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett will continue his Heisman Trophy campaign, while the defense will make life difficult for Hoosiers signal-caller Richard Lagow, who threw for a school-record 496 yards against Wake Forest but also tossed five interceptions a few weeks ago. Urban Meyer’s team pulls away after a little early resistance from IU and remains unbeaten with a win over an improved Indiana squad.
I love Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson, and our colleague Shae Peppler is a Hoosier alumna, but this Ohio State team is something special. All of the talk about it being young going into the season has proven to be no problem, as the Buckeyes already have a huge win at Oklahoma under their belt. Indiana hasn’t defeated Ohio State since 1989. That will hold true again this year. The Buckeyes are going to roll into the Michigan game undefeated.