The non-conference season might not be over quite yet, but the Ohio State Buckeyes are ready to start Big Ten play as they take on Indiana on the road today.
After opening the 2019 season with a 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic, in what some thought was a disappointing performance, the Buckeyes silenced doubters with a thorough, 42-0 win over Cincinnati last week, blowing the projected 17-point spread to smithereens. Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins provided a balanced offensive attack, with Fields throwing for 224 yards and two touchdowns and Dobbins rushing for 141 and reaching the end zone twice (Fields also scored twice on the ground). And obviously the defense did it’s job, if the zero points allowed wasn’t clue enough, causing two turnovers and allowing just 13 first downs to Ohio State’s 31.
Indiana, meanwhile, enters the game with a pristine 2-0 record with a narrow, 10-point win over Ball State and a much more decisive 52-point shutout of Eastern Illinois. The Hoosier to watch thus far this season has been freshman quarterback Michael Penix Jr, who has thrown for 523 yards and three touchdowns through essentially one-and-a-half games (he sat last week once Eastern Illinois was well in hand). However, the freshman has also tossed two picks already.
While Indiana’s never been a team to focus much on defense, the Hoosiers’ most recent performance against Eastern Illinois -- in which they allowed just 112 total yards from the Panthers -- was still impressive.
The Buckeyes are 18-point favorites over the Hoosiers in the pair’s 92nd all-time matchup. Ohio State holds a 71-12-5 advantage in the duel, including the current 23-game win streak dating back to 1991. Ohio State notched a surprisingly effective win over Cincinnati last week. Now, the Buckeyes face a tougher test as they prepare to take on the perils of a Big Ten road game.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 14, 12 p.m.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
For the first time ever, the crew is headed to Ames, Iowa ahead of the matchup between No. 19 Iowa and Iowa State (the Cyclones just missed out on an AP ranking after a week two bye). The Hawkeyes and the Cyclones will do battle for the Cy Hawk trophy at 4 p.m. An oft underappreciated rivalry, Iowa vs. Iowa State gives a glimpse into Big Ten and Big 12 strength early on in the season. It’ll be the second-straight show featuring a Big 12 team, after the crew spent last weekend in Austin ahead of Texas vs. LSU, and will mark Lee Corso’s 334th headgear selection.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
Iowa vs. Iowa State (4 p.m. EST on FS1) isn’t the only in-state rivalry for the Big Ten today on a day when just 11 conference teams are in action. Alongside Ohio State at noon, Pitt travels to No. 13 Penn State on ABC, while No. 21 Maryland travels to Penn State’s other pesky in-state rival, Temple, on CBSSN and Illinois faces Eastern Michigan on BTN. In the 3:30 p.m. EST time slot, Northwestern faces UNLV in Evanston on BTN and Minnesota gets Georgia Southern, also on BTN. Mirroring Iowa’s start, No. 18 Michigan State plays Arizona State in East Lansing at 4 p.m. on FOX. Capping things off are TCU at Purdue at 7:30 p.m. EST on BTN and Northern Illinois at Nebraska at 8 p.m. on FS1.
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