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Game Data: Ohio State at Indiana

Ohio State at Indiana

* Date, Time: Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. (Eastern)

* Location: Memorial Stadium; Bloomington, Ind.

* TV: Big Ten Network (announcers: Eric Collins, Derek Rackley and J Leman)

* 2012 Records: Ohio State, 6-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten; Indiana, 2-3 overall, 0-2 Big Ten.

* 2012 Rankings: Ohio State, eighth in Associated Press poll; Indiana, unranked.

* Coaches: Ohio State, Urban Meyer (first year at OSU, 6-0; 11th year overall, 110-23; vs. Indiana, first meeting); Indiana, Kevin Wilson (second year at IU, 3-14; vs. OSU, 0-1).

* Series History: Ohio State leads the all-time series 68-12-5, including 24-2-1 in Bloomington. Ohio State has won 17 games in a row in the series, dating to a 1990 tie (27-27) at Bloomington. OSU has also won eight in a row in Bloomington.

Since Woody Hayes arrived at OSU in 1951, OSU has posted a 48-3-2 mark against IU. Two of those losses were in Columbus: 1951 (32-10) and 1987. OSU’s longest winning streak in the series was 23 games between 1960-86.

Last year, OSU defeated Indiana 34-20 in Columbus. Three Buckeyes rushed for 100 yards in that game – RB Boom Herron (141 yards, 1 TD), QB Braxton Miller (105 yards, 2 TDs including an 81-yarder) and RB Carlos Hyde (105 yards, 1 TD). CB Travis Howard had an interception for OSU. Indiana was led by freshman QB Tre Roberson, who rushed for 70 yards and threw for 174. WR Kofi Hughes had 8 catches for 147 yards and a TD for Indiana.

OSU’s last visit to Indiana was in 2009, a prime time game that OSU won 33-14. RB Brandon Saine rushed for 113 yards in that game for the Buckeyes. Current OSU FB Zach Boren caught an 8-yard TD pass from Terrelle Pryor in that win.

* Indiana Schedule: Sept. 1, Indiana State, W 24-17; Sept. 8, at Massachusetts, W 45-6; Sept. 15, Ball State, L 41-39; Sept. 29, at Northwestern, L 44-29; Oct. 6, Michigan State, L 31-27; Oct. 13, Ohio State; Oct. 20, at Navy; Oct. 27, at Illinois; Nov. 3, Iowa; Nov. 10, Wisconsin; Nov. 17, at Penn State; Nov. 24, at Purdue.

* Indiana Key Players (2012 Stats): QB Cameron Coffman (86 of 128 passing, 801 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT), QB Nate Sudfeld (25 of 40 passing, 357 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs), RB Stephen Houston (52 carries, 277 yards, 4 TDs), WR Shane Wynn (28 catches, 213 yards, 4 TDs), WR Kofi Hughes (16 catches, 248 yards, 2 TDs), WR Cody Latimer (20 catches, 363 yards, 2 TDs), DT Adam Replogle (36 tackles, 4-1/2 TFLs, 2-1/2 sacks), MLB David Cooper (36 tackles, 4 TFLs), DT Larry Black (13 tackles, 4-1/2 TFLs, 2 sacks), DB Greg Heban (26 tackles, 3-1/2 TFLs, 1 INT).

* Indiana Fast Facts: Location: Bloomington, Ind.; Enrollment, 40,354; Conference: Big Ten Conference; Nickname, Hoosiers; Colors, Crimson and Cream; Stadium, Memorial Stadium (surface, FieldTurf; capacity, 52,692).

* Ohio State Schedule: Sept. 1, Miami (Ohio), W 56-10; Sept. 8, Central Florida, W 31-16; Sept. 15, California, W 35-28; Sept. 22, UAB, W 29-15; Sept. 29, at Michigan State, W 17-16; Oct. 6, Nebraska, W 63-38; Oct. 13, at Indiana; Oct. 20, Purdue; Oct. 27, at Penn State; Nov. 3, Illinois; Nov. 17, at Wisconsin; Nov. 24, Michigan.

* Ohio State Key Players (2012 Stats): QB Braxton Miller (83 of 135 passing, 1,060 yards, 9 TDs, 3 INTs; 106 carries, 763 yards, 8 TDs), RB Carlos Hyde (63 carries, 298 yards, 6 TDs), RB Jordan Hall (40 carries, 218 yards, 1 TD), RB Rod Smith (14 carries, 88 yards, 2 TDs), TE Jake Stoneburner (7 catches, 92 yards, 3 TDs), WR Philly Brown (35 catches, 352 yards, 1 TD), WR Devin Smith (19 catches, 351 yards, 4 TDs), DB Christian Bryant (41 tackles, 1 INT), LB Etienne Sabino (37 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT), LB Ryan Shazier (59 tackles, 4-1/2 TFLs, 2 sacks), DE John Simon (24 tackles, 7-1/2 TFLs, 3 sacks), CB Bradley Roby (32 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INTs), CB Travis Howard (24 tackles, 3 INTs), DT Johnathan Hankins (31 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack).

Depth Charts

Ohio State Offense

LT 74 Jack Mewhort 6-6, 312, Jr.
76 Darryl Baldwin 6-5, 300, So.
LG 78 Andrew Norwell 6-6, 310, Jr.
73 Antonio Underwood 6-2, 306, So.
C 71 Corey Linsley 6-3, 295, Jr.
50 Jacoby Boren 6-2, 287, Fr.
RG 79 Marcus Hall 6-5, 315, Jr.
57 Chase Farris 6-4, 290, R-Fr.
RT 77 Reid Fragel 6-8, 310, Sr.
68 Taylor Decker 6-7, 313, Fr.
TE 86 Jeff Heuerman, 6-5, 250, So.
Or 81 Nick Vannett 6-6, 255, R-Fr.
WR (H) 11 Jake Stoneburner 6-5, 245, Sr.
80 Chris Fields 6-0, 197, Jr.
QB 5 Braxton Miller 6-2, 220, So.
13 Kenny Guiton 6-3, 210, Jr.
RB 34 Carlos Hyde, 6-0, 232, Jr.
2 Rod Smith, 6-3, 228, So.
FB 44 Zach Boren 6-1, 245, Sr.
49 Adam Homan 6-3, 245, Sr.
WR (X) 15 Devin Smith 6-1, 200, So.
83 Michael Thomas 6-2, 198, Fr.
WR (Z) 10 Corey Brown 6-0, 187, Jr.
16 Evan Spencer 6-2, 205, So.
K 24 Drew Basil 6-1, 210, Jr.
39 Kyle Clinton 6-1, 215 So.

Ohio State Defense

LEO 54 John Simon 6-2, 263, Sr.
88 Steve Miller 6-3, 255, So.
OR 8 Noah Spence 6-3, 240, Fr.
DT 52 Johnathan Hankins 6-3, 322, Jr.
92 Adolphus Washington 6-3, 289, Fr.
OR 90 Tommy Schutt 6-2, 295, Fr.
NT 53 Garrett Goebel 6-4, 290, Sr.
51 Joel Hale 6-4, 295, So.
DE 43 Nathan Williams, 6-3, 249, Sr.
50 J.T. Moore 6-3, 260, So.
63 Michael Bennett 6-3, 285, So.
OLB 10 Ryan Shazier 6-2, 230, So.
5 Camren Williams, 6-2, 225, Fr.
36 Conner Crowell 6-1, 235, R-Fr.
MLB 32 Storm Klein, 6-2, 242, Sr.
14 Curtis Grant 6-3, 235, So.
OLB 37 Joshua Perry 6-4, 238, Fr.
25 David Perkins 6-2, 220, Fr.
CB 1 Bradley Roby 5-11, 190, So.
12 Doran Grant 5-11, 188, So.
SAF 2 Christian Bryant 5-10, 192, Jr.
19 Orhian Johnson 6-3, 210, Sr.
SAF 4 C.J. Barnett 6-1, 202, Jr.
3 Corey Brown 6-1, 198, Jr.
CB 7 Travis Howard 6-1, 200, Sr.
9 Adam Griffi n 5-8, 180, So.
P 17 Ben Buchanan 5-11, 192, Sr.
24 Drew Basil 6-1, 210, Jr.
LS 41 Bryce Haynes 6-4, 220, R-Fr.
or 56 George Makridis 6-2, 230, Jr.

Indiana Offense

OFFENSE
LT 78 Jason Spriggs, 6-7, 268, Fr./Fr.
57 Pete Bachman, 6-5, 285, Jr./So.
LG 73 Bernard Taylor, 6-2, 292, So./So.
64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 278, Jr./So.
C 60 Will Matte, 6-2, 292, Sr./5th
64 Collin Rahrig, 6-2, 278, Jr./So.
RG 67 Dan Feeney, 6-4, 293, Fr./Fr.
76 Cody Evers, 6-4, 304, Jr./So.
RT 59 Peyton Eckert, 6-6, 293, So./So.
62 Ralston Evans, 6-4, 284, So./Fr.
WR 1 Shane Wynn, 5-7, 157, So./So.
84 Jamonne Chester, 6-2, 210, Sr./Jr.
WR 3 Cody Latimer, 6-3, 208, So./So.
81 Duwyce Wilson, 6-3, 195, Sr./Jr.
WR 13 Kofi Hughes, 6-2, 210, Jr./Jr.
14 Nick Stoner, 6-1, 173, So./So.
QB 2 Cameron Coffman, 6-2, 191, So./So.
7 Nate Sudfeld, 6-5, 218, Fr./Fr.
RB 12 Stephen Houston, 6-0, 218, Sr./Jr.
20 D’Angelo Roberts, 5-10, 195, So./So.
6 Tevin Coleman, 6-1, 200, Fr./Fr.
TE 83 Ted Bolser, 6-6, 250, Sr./Jr.
85 Charles Love III, 6-3, 240, Sr./5th
K 16 Mitch Ewald, 5-10, 173, Sr./Jr.
99 Nick Freeland, 6-0, 201, Sr./5th

Indiana Defense

LE 25 Ryan Phillis, 6-3, 261, Jr./So.
95 Bobby Richardson, 6-3, 279, So./So.
DT 97 Larry Black, Jr., 6-2, 294, Sr./5th
99 Adarius Rayner, 6-2, 292, So./Fr.
DT 98 Adam Replogle, 6-3, 294, Sr./Sr.
75 Nicholas Sliger, 6-3, 290, Sr./5th
RE 33 Zack Shaw, 6-3, 245, So./Fr.
96 John Laihinen, 6-4, 250, Jr./So.
SLB 34 Jacarri Alexander, 6-1, 232, Sr./Jr.
4 Forisse “Flo” Hardin, 6-1, 208, So./So.
MLB 42 David Cooper, 6-1, 225, Jr./So.
55 Jake Michalek, 6-2, 242, Jr./So.
WLB 49 Griffen Dahlstrom, 6-3, 226, Sr./Jr.
31 Jordan Wallace, 6-0, 229, Fr./Fr.
LCB 22 Kenny Mullen, 5-10, 180, So./So.
9 Greg Heban, 6-1, 191, Sr./Jr.
S 37 Mark Murphy, 6-2, 206, So./So.
19 Ryan Thompson, 5-10, 195, Jr./Jr.
S 8 Drew Hardin, 6-0, 208, Jr./So.
27 Alexander Webb, 6-0, 200, Sr./5th
RCB 7 Brian Williams, 6-0, 185, Jr./So.
28 Antonio Marshall, 5-11, 188, Sr./Jr.
P 16 Mitch Ewald, 5-10, 173, Sr./Jr.
99 Nick Freeland, 6-0, 201, Sr./5th

Also Notable

* The Buckeyes will travel to Bloomington via a chartered bus on Friday and then fly home after the game Saturday night.

* The Buckeyes are one of 16 unbeaten teams nationally, including just four at 6-0. Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina are also 6-0.

* The Buckeyes will be shooting to reach 7-0 to start a season for the third time in seven years, dating to 2006. Over the last 20 years, OSU has reached at least 7-0 on at least seven occasions: 1993 (started 8-0), 1995 (started 11-0), 1996 (started 10-0), 1998 (started 8-0), 2002 (finished 14-0), 2006 (started 12-0) and 2007 (started 10-0).

This is the fifth team Meyer has led to a 6-0 start in his 11th year as a head coach. Only two first-year OSU coaches have started 7-0. Carroll Widdoes was 9-0 in 1944 and eventually won his first 12 games before a loss. Earle Bruce posted an 11-0 record to open the 1979 before a Rose Bowl loss to USC.

* Sixteen Indiana players are from Ohio, including several notables: DT Larry Black (Cincinnati Wyoming), TE Ted Bolser (Cincinnati Indian Hill), DE Javon Cornley (Columbus Northland), LB Chase Hoobler (Orrville), WR Cody Latimer (Dayton Jefferson), WR Shane Wynn (Cleveland Glenville), DT Adam Replogle and DE Mike Replogle (Centerville).

* Ohio State has two players on the roster from Indiana – DT Joel Hale (Greenwood Center Grove) and RB Rod Smith (Fort Wayne Harding).

* Urban Meyer’s teams are 34-13 in his 11-year head coaching career in road games. Meyer’s teams are also 67-14 when ranked.

* OSU’s only two losses in Bloomington came in 1904 (8-0) and 1988 (41-7).

* OSU is 22 of 24 this season on scoring chances in the red zone. That includes 20 touchdowns and two field goals. OSU has converted its last 20 red zone chances (18 touchdowns, two field goals) dating to the fourth quarter of the season opener against Miami (Ohio).

* Braxton Miller has seven career 100-yard rushing games, including four this year. Carlos Hyde has three in his career, including one this year.

* The Buckeyes have had 15 70-yard drives this season – six more than the nine they had all last season.

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: The Buckeyes have moved into juggernaut status as a running football team. They put up 200 or more yards rushing in five of their six games, including a devastating 371 yards rushing in last week’s win over Nebraska. Indiana is 99th nationally in rushing defense at 196.8 ypg.

This is a game Ohio State should be able to win without beating up Braxton Miller and having him run it in excess of 15 times. This is a game where Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith and Brionte Dunn (and maybe Zach Boren as well) should carry the lion’s share of that load. It would be nice if this is a game where the Buckeyes can get their passing game on track after completing just 7 of 14 passes a week ago.

Defensive tackle Adam Replogle leads all Big Ten defensive linemen at 7.2 tackles per game, so he must be accounted for. The IU defense has 10 sacks and 35 TFLs. Indiana didn't reach those totals until Game 8 last year.

* When Indiana Has The Ball: IU coach Kevin Wilson is known as a spread specialist. The Hoosiers lost sophomore QB Tre Roberson to an injury early in the year, leaving Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld to split time at that position since then. Cameron started last week against Michigan State and completed 33 of 48 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns.

Moreover, Indiana is 19th in the country in passing offense at 304.8 yards per game. IU is also second in the Big Ten and 26th nationally in total offense (471.4 ypg). That isn’t a good match-up for OSU’s bend-but-don’t-break defense, which is 96th nationally at 263.3 ypg.

The key for the Buckeyes will be to get pressure on Coffman (or Sudfeld, whoever starts) and force the quarterback into errant throws. OSU’s pressure has gotten better and better each week with John Simon breaking through with two sacks against Nebraska.

RB Stephen Houston has been serviceable for the Hoosiers, while several nice receiving threats (Kofi Hughes, Shane Wynn and Cody Latimer) have emerged.

Here’s a stat: Indiana has thrown 11 touchdown passes in five games – one more than the Hoosiers threw in 12 games all last season.

* How It Will Go: Indiana jumped on Michigan State for a 17-0 lead last week as the Spartans came in groggy after their home loss to Ohio State. As we saw last week, Ohio State is also prone to a miserable start (or one bad quarter) in just about each game it has played this year.

The Indiana defense will look at what Central Florida, California, UAB and Nebraska were able to do to exploit some things against the Buckeyes. With OSU playing without injured LB Etienne Sabino, the defense must ramp it up a notch here.

My guess is the Hoosiers will come out and play the Buckeyes tough for the first half. It could even be a close game at halftime. But Miller is, by far, the best player on the field. Once he takes this game into his own hands, I don’t think there is much Indiana will be able to do about it.

Ohio State hasn’t lost to Indiana since 1988. IU is 0-10 in Big Ten games under Kevin Wilson. Neither of those trends are changing any time soon. I think the Buckeyes pull away with a strong second half and come out of Bloomington with Win No. 7.

I’ve got it Ohio State 49-20

* For The Record: I am 6-0 straight-up and 3-3 against-the-spread with Ohio State. (The Buckeyes are a 17-point favorite over the Hoosiers.)

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