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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Pick & Prediction NOV 21TH 2020

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The Indiana Hoosiers are used to going against Ohio State when the Buckeyes are highly ranked. It will be different at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday.

This time, for the first time in program history, the No. 9 Hoosiers (4-0 Big Ten) will participate in a regular-season, top-10 matchup when they play No. 3 Ohio State (3-0) with first place at stake in the East Division.

Indiana has its highest ranking since it was No. 4 on Nov. 27, 1967.

"We are not focused on the hype or the rankings. We are just trying to control what we can control," Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. said. "We need to go out and play Indiana football, tough, physical football, and that is what we are going to do each and every week."

While Indiana was winning 24-0 at Michigan State on Saturday, the Buckeyes held a practice because their game at Maryland was canceled following a COVID-19 outbreak in the Terrapins' program.

"Indiana had an opportunity to play and now they played for four straight weeks and they got a little bit of rhythm going," Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. "We didn't. When you miss out on preseason, you miss out on the spring, it certainly hurts when you're not playing games."

Ohio State will rely on quarterback Justin Fields. The Heisman Trophy hopeful has completed 86.8 percent of his 83 pass attempts for 908 yards and has the same number of touchdowns as incompletions: 11. He has not thrown an interception.

It will be a classic showdown against a Hoosiers defense that is tied for seventh nationally with 10 interceptions, which leads the Big Ten. Jaylin Williams has three of those interceptions and Tiawan Mullen has two.

"I think their ability to play all four quarters really stood out to me," Ohio State defensive end Tyler Friday said. "Indiana, every year, every week is getting better. Their record speaks for itself."

Ohio State's inexperienced secondary will be tested by Penix, who is 9-1 in his past 10 starts. His favorite target is Ty Fryfogle, who had 11 catches for 200 yards and two TDs vs. Michigan State.

The Hoosiers, who are 4-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 1987, have not defeated Ohio State since 1988, excluding the Buckeyes' vacated win in 2010. Since a tie in 1990, Indiana has lost 25 straight in the series, including 51-10 at home last season when an injured Penix did not play.

The past doesn't matter to the Hoosiers, whose 38-21 win vs. Michigan on Nov. 7 ended a 24-game losing streak to the Wolverines.

Indiana coach Tom Allen is enjoying the accolades but doesn't want it to overwhelm his players.

"To me that is the key," he said. "We need to learn how to handle that and manage that if we want to be a top-10 football program."

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Maryland W 11 - 27
  • @Ohio State L 35 - 42
  • @Michigan State W 24 - 0
  • Michigan W 21 - 38
  • @Rutgers W 37 - 21
  • Penn State W 35 - 36
  • @Tennessee L 22 - 23
  • @Purdue W 44 - 41
  • Michigan L 39 - 14
  • @Penn State L 27 - 34
W 90% L 10%
9 1
  • Indiana W 35 - 42
  • Rutgers W 27 - 49
  • @Penn State W 38 - 25
  • Nebraska W 17 - 52
  • Clemson L 29 - 23
  • @Wisconsin W 34 - 21
  • @Michigan W 56 - 27
  • Penn State W 17 - 28
  • @Rutgers W 56 - 21
  • Maryland W 14 - 73

Next Games

  • @Wisconsin(11-16-13) L 3 - 51
  • @Michigan State(11-10-18) W 26 - 6

Last Meetings

  • Hoosiers @ Buckeyes 35-42
  • Buckeyes @ Hoosiers 51-10
  • Hoosiers @ Buckeyes 26-49
  • Buckeyes @ Hoosiers 49-21
  • Hoosiers @ Buckeyes 17-38
  • Buckeyes @ Hoosiers 34-27
  • Hoosiers @ Buckeyes 27-42
  • Hoosiers @ Buckeyes 14-42
  • Buckeyes @ Hoosiers 52-49
  • Hoosiers @ Buckeyes 20-34

Last Injuries

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Alec Taylor

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Taylor has sat out the previous four games due to an unknown ailment, and it is undetermined if he will take part in Saturday's clash against Michigan State.

  • Daniel Vanatsky

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Vanatsky has been held out of the lineup in the previous four games due to an undefined reason, and it is unclear if he will return against Michigan State on Saturday.

  • Jaden McKenzie

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    McKenzie has an unclear ailment and has been held out of the previous four games. It is undetermined if it will impede his availability on Saturday against Michigan State.

  • Tyreke Smith

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Smith left the last game due to an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will line up against Michigan State on Saturday.

  • Lloyd McFarquhar

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    McFarquhar has sat out the last two games with an undefined ailment, and it remains to be seen if he will compete against Michigan State on Saturday.

  • Jake Hausmann

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hausman has sat out the last two games due to an undefined reason, and his status for Saturday's clash against Michigan State is unknown.

  • Roen McCullough

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    McCullough has sat out the previous four games with an injury to an unlisted location, and it is unknown if it will impede his status for Saturday's matchup versus Michigan State.

  • Blake Haubeil

    Groin
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Haubeil has been held out of the last two contests with a groin injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will line up against Michigan State on Saturday.

Indiana Hoosiers

  • Ahrod Lloyd

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Lloyd missed the last game due to an injury to an unannounced location, and it is unclear if he will take the field against Wisconsin on Saturday.

  • Michael Penix Jr.

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Penix Jr. was forced from the previous game with a right ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will face Wisconsin on Saturday.

  • Rashawn Williams

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Williams has been held out of the last two games due to an unknown reason, leaving his status for Saturday's game against Wisconsin up in the air.

  • Cam Wilson

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Wilson has sat out the last three games due to an unspecified reason, and it is unclear if he will participate in Saturday's matchup versus Wisconsin.

  • Ty Wise

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Wise has been absent from the lineup during the past four games with an unknown injury, and it remains to be seen if he will compete in Saturday's matchup versus Wisconsin.

  • Sam Daugstrup

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Daugstrup is out of commission with an unspecified injury, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Shamar Jones

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Jones has been held out of action due to an undefined ailment, and it remains to be seen when he will return to the field.

  • Da'Shaun Brown

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Brown has been unavailable for the previous two games due to an unspecified reason, and his status for Saturday's matchup against Wisconsin is in question.