4 storylines for IU’s game at Ohio State

1. Staying competitive
It’s been 30 years since Indiana last beat Ohio State in football. Although IU’s drought against the Buckeyes has extended three decades, the Hoosiers have at least made competitive contests out of a bunch of the recent matchups. Indiana led last year’s game, 14-13, at halftime. In 2015, IU drove inside the OSU 10-yard line the final seconds before falling 34-27. A year earlier in Columbus, a one-dimensional, Tevin Coleman-led offense gave IU a six-point lead midway through the third quarter before the Hoosiers eventually fell 42-27. Do the Hoosiers have enough to stay close this year?

2. Moving on from Penn State
Last season, a physical and narrow victory over the Nittany Lions may have drained the Buckeyes. The following week they went to Iowa and dropped a 55-24 decision to the Hawkeyes that ultimately cost them a spot in the College Football Playoff. Can Ohio State avoid a letdown this week? “In college football, every game matters,” Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins said. “We want to win every game. We’re not going to take Indiana for granted at all. We’re gonna come out and play really hard.”

3. Ohio State is prone to allowing explosive plays
The Buckeyes, as usual, have a big-play offense. But their defense has also been susceptible to chunk gains. Ohio State ranks 127th nationally in explosive plays allowed by its defense. The Buckeyes have been particularly porous on the ground. Oregon State enjoyed touchdown runs of 78 and 80 yards in the opener. TCU racked up 511 toal yards and recorded a scoring run of 93 yards. Last week in State College, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was especially effective on draws.

4. Taking advantage of takeaways
In a matchup with very little room for error, IU needs all the help it can get. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, Ohio State has done a great job of taking care of the football. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has tossed only two picks, while throwing for 19 touchdowns in five games. The Buckeyes have also only lost one fumble, which came in last month’s season opener. On the year, Ohio State is a plus-five in the turnover margin. IU, meanwhile, has produced at least one takeaway in every game this season.


  1. Please, no complaints about officiating or if this or that. Not the reason IU football has the tradition it has.

  2. This is when we could have really used that monsoon…..Are there any monsoons in the Saturday afternoon Columbus forecast?

    S Train! All aboard! Next stop Columbus on the BigTen East ‘Tracks of My Tears.’

  3. IU needs to take advatage of every chink in OSU’s game while taking advantage of what IU does best. It will be take a major effort to get a win but in college football you never know.

  4. OSU might be vulnerable to explosive plays but IU not able to produce any. Ramsey’s arm not good enough to throw downfield and legs not good enough to be a threat. OSU’s plan- crowd the line, single coverage on the outside receivers, make Ramsey have to make plays. IU has 1 upset of a top 5 opponent on the road in 130 years. The second ain’t happening today. IU will have over-achieved if they cover the 26.5 spread.

  5. Illinois @ Rutgers…Illinois up 31-17 late in fourth.

    Northwester(1-3) @ Michigan State…Northwestern leading 21-19 late in fourth.

    These scores unveil our weak football team. We struggled against Rutgers. We couldn’t put away MSU on our home field. Northwestern is giving them a game in East Lansing. Not good.

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