In years past for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Indiana Hoosiers were not a game that you circled on the calendar. But since Tom Allen has led his resurgence at the helm down in Bloomington, this Saturday’s battle between the Buckeyes and Hoosiers is the marquee matchup in the Big Ten.
The 4-0 Hoosiers have handled every task that has been thrown at them so far in 2020. And that’s on and off the field. The Coronavirus has halted some Big Ten programs such as Wisconsin and Maryland, but Indiana continues to roll on. They’ve already climbed over the hump of beating Penn State and Michigan, but could they add Ohio State to that?
Indiana is currently marked as a 20.5 point underdog. The line opened at 21.5. To help break down the matchup, former Ohio State head coach and current Fox analyst Urban Meyer joined The Dan Dakich Show on Thursday. Meyer told DD that times have certainly changed in the Big Ten with the emergence of the Hoosiers.
“This is a different Indiana team” Meyer said. “I think Ohio State is loaded, but Indiana has done an incredible job of recruiting and developing offensive skills. There’s no doubt they can hang, but I worry about the fatigue factor because Ohio State has a little more depth. Tom Allen has done a wonderful job there.”
The Buckeyes are without a doubt the Hoosiers biggest test. But when a team like Indiana picks up true confidence for the first time, it can be a bad day to be a heavy favorite.
“Indiana is a really confusing and blitzing defense,” Meyer added. “We’ll see if they can stand toe-to-toe with Ohio State. Defensively there are some question marks (for the Buckeyes). But Ohio State is one of the generational offensives right now.”
Beating a generational offensive means a generational win for Indiana. It’s sure to be a top showdown in Columbus at Noon on Saturday.
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