Big Ten East supremacy is on the line as the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) host the #9 Indiana Hoosiers (4-0) on Saturday. This is the first time since 1993 that both teams enter the game ranked in the AP top 25.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 21 | Time: Noon ET
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
TV: Fox | Live stream: Fox Sports App/fuboTV
Announcers: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, and Jenny Taft
Weather: 54 degrees, cloudy, 20% chance of rain
Ohio State is enjoying a 25-game winning streak against Indiana. The Hoosiers’ last victory over the Buckeyes came in 1988, but this Indiana team is much different than in previous years. “You could see them getting better last year. They were playing really, really, well.” said Ohio State Head Coach Ryan Day during his press conference. “(IU Head Coach Tom Allen) has done a wonderful job.”
Indiana’s defense is the glue that has held the team together and pushed them to their highest ranking since the 1960s. The Hoosiers rank 18th nationally in total defense, and third in the Big Ten. Ohio State QB Justin Fields has been as close to perfect as humanly possible and has yet to throw a pick this season. However, he faces a tough Indiana secondary, which has intercepted 10 passes on the young season.
The Hoosiers also have the 17th best scoring defense in the nation, allowing just 19.3 points-per-game. The Buckeyes obviously will be the toughest challenge Indiana has faced this year, as their previous opponents (Penn State, Rutgers, Michigan, and Michigan State) have a combined record of 3-13.
Ohio State kicker Blake Haubeil is out for the game, after suffering a groin injury on Oct. 31 against Penn State. Freshman Jake Seibert will kick extra points and field goals this week, per Ryan Day. TE Jake Hausmann has also been ruled out, so even more reps for Jeremy Ruckert and Luke Farrell, both of which have played impressively well.
Sophomore RB Marcus Crowley, who was injured in November of 2019, is available for the Buckeyes for the first time this season. Crowley ran for 237 yards and scored two touchdowns as a true freshman last season, and likely would have competed for the starting job had his season not been cut short. If Master Teague and/or Trey Sermon struggle, Crowley is likely to get his shot to earn a fair amount of playing time moving forward.
OSU leads the all-time series 75-12-5 and has won 25-straight, and even more impressively 58 of the last 60. The Buckeyes have absolutely dominated the Hoosiers for the last century, and look to continue their dominance with their eyes on not only a Big Ten Championship but a National Championship as well.
Despite this being a top-10 match-up, Ohio State still sits as a 20.5-point favorite against Indiana with an over/under of 66.5, according to ESPN.