Ohio State (@1.1) vs Indiana (@7.0)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Ohio State will win

Ohio State – Indiana Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 12:00

If Justin Fields is still in the Heisman conversation coming down the stretch, his performance against Penn State could be vital to his campaign. 247Sports take: This is always a challenging game for the Buckeyes, but Penn State is a tougher out on the road and most are projecting the Nittany Lions to be somewhat of a mixed bag this season, hovering around the eight-win mark. The past two meetings in this rivalry have been 1-point thrillers and there's no reason to project 2019's matchup to be much different.

This is a new staff. We haven't done anything, and we need to do that. "I feel great about the team. But like I said, we have a lot to prove. "There are teams you get around where it's a labor to go to work. I love our players. These are great kids and they're working really, really hard. This is a new team. That's not the case here. I love being around the guys," Day said at Big Ten Media Day. I love our team.

We think that changes this week, as the Bucks will force two or three turnovers against the Hoosiers, with our main prediction here being that the Silver Bullets take one of those turnovers into the end zone for a score. For fun, let's call it a pick-six by Kendall Sheffield, redeeming himself for having a rough game against IU in Bloomington last season.

After being named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award last year in his first season as the starting punter for the Buckeyes, Chrisman again looks like hell be in the thick of the conversation for the award this year. With three punts that were marked inside the 20-yard line last week, Chrisman has now seen 13 of his 22 punts end up inside the 20-yard line.

vs. Cincinnati (Sept. 7)

After losing to Michigan State 35-21 two weeks ago, the Hoosiers got back in the win column last week with a 24-17 win on the road at Rutgers. Quarterback Peyton Ramsey paced the Indiana offense, throwing for over 200 yards in his second straight game, finishing with 288 yards passing and a touchdown, as well as 51 yards rushing and a score on the ground.

They have surrendered a total of 1,609 yards on D, which is 48th in Division 1. Their rushing defense has allowed 180 attempts for 791 yards this year, putting them in 78th place in D-1 against the run. Indiana is 52nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 106. The Hoosiers have committed 34 penalties for 336 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. The Indiana pass defense has also given up a total of 818 yards through the air, which is 29th overall in total pass defense. The Hoosiers are ranked 39th in yards per play allowed with 5. That ranks them 106th in the nation. Opposing offenses have completed 77 passes on 143 attempts against the Indiana Hoosiers defense this season, placing them 41st and 63rd in the country.

The sophomore quarterback from Cincinnati saw significant action in just five games last year, before an injury ruled him out for the final four of the year. Ramsey has started all five games for the Hoosiers so far this year, and is completing 71 percent of his passes for 1,039 yards and eight touchdowns. The Hoosiers will need Ramsey to improve on his solid play so far this year if Indiana has any hopes of pulling the upset over Ohio State on Saturday.

247Sports take: Jonathan Taylor for Heisman? In one of those games that isn't pretty offensively for either team, the Buckeyes hold off the Badgers with a late stop. Coming off the possible loss at Northwestern, the Buckeyes will play with its backs against the wall knowing a victory over a nationally-ranked opponents puts them right back in the thick of the national title picture. Ohio State is hoping its fearsome front seven can stop a player who can potentially set the all-time FBS rushing record this season ... as a junior.

That places them 92nd in Division 1 in punting average. The Hoosiers average 18 yards per kick return and they are 59th in the country in all-purpose yards with 2,300. Indiana is ranked 48th in the nation in punt returns with 9. The Indiana Hoosiers have attempted 6 field goals this season and made 5, which is 56th in D-1. They have returned 6 kicks for 109 yards on special teams, ranking 113th in kick return yardage. They've accumulated 130 punt return yards and average 14.4 yards per return, which is 30th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 83%. Their punters have totaled 842 yards on 21 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. Indiana Hoosiers kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 16 for 17 this year.

at Indiana (Sept. 14)

Indianas last victory over the Buckeyes came in 1988, as the Hoosiers beat Ohio State 41-7 to win their second straight game in the series. Now the Buckeyes will turn their attention to Indiana, whom they have won 22 straight games against. The last time that Ohio State failed to beat the Hoosiers came in 1990, when the teams tied 27-27 in Bloomington. Overall, Ohio State holds a 73-12-5 edge in the series, and are 53-2-2 since 1952.

Mike Weber is done from thebackfield,but JK Dobbins is about to blow up statistically both as a receiver as well as a runner with more work coming his way and more of an emphasis on getting him going. Its Ohio State, so theres plenty of running back talent waiting in the wings, but sophomore Master Teague is the top returning running back behind Dobbins with just 106 yards.

The Buckeyes have an over/under record of 2-3-0 and they are 3-2-0 against the spread. The Hoosiers have an ATS record of 1-4-0 while their over/under record is 2-3-0. The opening line for this game has Ohio State as 27.5 point favorites. The Indiana Hoosiers travel to Ohio Stadium to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

The point total was definitely under, Ohio State did not score 40, and while Okudah had a big game on the coverage units, he didn't do anything extraordinary on defense. Special teams, particularly Drue Chrisman making nine pretty good punts, definitely played a big part in this game. Additionally, we nailed KJ Hamler scoring on a big play, and Trace McSorley did have a 51 yard scramble, which was big, but PSU did not score on another long play.

the Buckeyes in his tenure, so he's due and gets this one at home in primetime a difficult setting for any nationally-ranked opposing team. Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald is winless vs. Don't be surprised if Ohio State is favored by a touchdown or less in this one and gets caught for its first loss of the season. 247Sports take: Here's the inexplicable road loss that has defined Ohio State's past two seasons rearing its ugly head once again. Northwestern is 5-5 in its last 10 games against Top 25 teams including last season's Big Ten title game loss to the Buckeyes.