Indiana-Ohio State Preview Capsule
Indiana (3-7, 0-6 Big Ten) at No. 7 Ohio State (9-1, 6-0 No. 6 CFP), noon EST (Big Ten Network)
Line: Ohio State by 33½
Series Record: Ohio State leads 69-12-5
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Buckeyes need a win to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten’s East Division title and a spot in the conference title game on Dec. 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Hoosiers, who have lost the last 18 meetings, are just hoping to take the sting out of a lost season — with a huge upset or maybe with just another big day by star RB Tevin Coleman.
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett vs. Indiana’s leaky defense. Barrett has had a season for the ages. He has been a part of a school-record 38 touchdowns this season and needs two more TD passes to break Heisman winner Troy Smith’s school record of 30. The Hoosiers are surrendering 260 yards and 2 TDs per game passing.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Indiana: It pretty much starts and stops with Coleman. He’s averaging 167 yards a game and is coming off a 307-yard game in a loss to Rutgers that was completely eclipsed by the record 408 yards rushing by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon. Coleman needs only 127 yards to tie the school record of 1,805 rushing yards, set by Vaughn Dunbar.
Ohio State: DE Joey Bosa has had a monster year, with 17 TFL and 11.5 sacks. RB Ezekiel Elliott needs just 46 rushing yards to hit 1,000. WR Michael Thomas is Barrett’s top target (35 for 583, 8 TDs).
FACTS & FIGURES
The Hoosiers have lost five in a row. ... Ohio State, which has won its last eight games, has won a Big Ten-record 22 consecutive regular-season conference games. ... Indiana hasn’t beaten the Buckeyes since winning back-to-back games in 1987-88 — its first wins in the series since 1951. ... Urban Meyer is 37-3 in the month of November since the start of the 2003 season, and the Buckeyes will also be heavily favored against archrival Michigan on Nov. 29, also at Ohio Stadium. ... The Buckeyes are 20-0 when Devin Smith catches a TD pass.