Saturday, November 21, 2020, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, noon. ET
Hoosiers at Buckeyes Betting Preview: Hoosiers (+20.5), Buckeyes (-20.5)
No. 9 Indiana Hoosiers Betting Preview
For the first time in program history, the No. 9 Hoosiers (4-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will be included in a regular-season, Top-10 matchup when they play No. 3 Ohio State (3-0, 3-0 Big Ten) with first place at stake in the East Division of the conference.
Indiana has its highest ranking since it was No. 4 on Nov. 27, 1967, the season the Hoosiers got a share of the league title and made their only Rose Bowl appearance.
“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 last week, the Buckeyes only practiced 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’ve 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.”
Penix will test Ohio State’s inexperienced secondary. He has completed 60.1 percent of his passes for 267.5 yards a game and is 9-1 in his past 10 starts. His favorite target is Ty Fryfogle, who had 11 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns vs. Michigan State.
Fryfogle has 24 receptions for 424 yards and four touchdowns for the season.
The Hoosiers haven’t beaten the Buckeyes since 1988 but did earn a tie in 1990. Coach Tom Allen doesn’t want that history 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.”
No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Preview
Buckeyes’ quarterback Justin Fields has put himself in the forefront of Heisman talk in completing 86.8 percent of his 83 pass attempts for 908 yards. He has the same number of touchdowns (11) as incompletions and has not thrown an interception but figures to be tested by Indiana’s defense.
The Hoosiers are 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.
Fields has relied heavily on Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave as targets. The two are the only Buckets in double figures in receptions and have combined for 42 receptions for 632 yards and six of Fields’ touchdown tosses.
Master Teague III leads the Buckeyes in rushing with 220 yards and four touchdowns.
The Hoosiers are 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 1987 in notching wins over Penn State, Rutgers, Michigan, and Michigan State. The win over Michigan ended a 24-game losing streak to the Wolverines.
“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.”
Hoosiers at Buckeyes Betting Pick
The Buckeyes have won 76 of the 93 meetings, the Hoosiers 12, and five have ended in ties. The Buckeyes have won 25 consecutive meetings since a 27-27 tie in 1990, and Indiana’s last win in the series was 41-7 in 1988. The Hoosiers’ last win in Columbus was 31-10 in 1987.
Hoosiers at Buckeyes Betting Pick:
Buckeyes 38, Hoosiers 20
Hoosiers at Buckeyes Best Bet
The Hoosiers are coming off their season scoring low after a 24-0 win at Michigan State. The Buckeyes have averaged 46.3 points a game with their season low a 38-25 win at Penn State, a team Indiana edged 36-35 in overtime to open the season.
Hoosiers at Buckeyes Best Bet: UNDER 64.5
–Field Level Media