Ohio State goes from a primetime match-up against traditional power (and then ranked) Nebraska to facing an Indiana squad that has lost three straight and is 2-3 overall.
So the Hoosiers are hoping they’ll catch the Buckeyes napping.
Should the Scarlet and Gray actually overlook their opponent, they’ll find that Indiana is capable of striking quickly on offense. Indiana has engineered nine drives this season that took less than 90 seconds to find the end zone. Seven of those drives covered 70 or more yards.
Leading the offense is sophomore quarterback Cameron Coffman and sophomore receiver Shane Wynn, who–by the by–is a Cleveland Glenville native. Their efforts have helped lift Indiana into the top 20 nationally when it comes to passing yards.
Unlike some of the more mobile QBs OSU has faced this year, Coffman doesn’t really factor into his team’s rushing attack. In fact, he has -15 yards on the year in that category. Instead, keep an eye on Stephen Houston, who’s run for a TD in 4 of the Hoosiers’ 5 games this year.
Indiana’s defense is young. (Truthfully, the whole team is young. They only have 8 seniors on the roster, which is tied for the fewest in the country.) That’s why the Hoosiers’ defense relies heavily on DT Adam Replogle, who leads the team in tackles and has played in 41 games over the course of his collegiate career.
Even with Replogle in the lineup, Indiana is still dead last in the Big Ten in total defense and are 95th nationally.
As you’d expect with a young team, the Hoosiers are one of the most penalized team’s in the league.
The Buckeyes play Indiana this Saturday at 8 p.m. on 97.1 The Fan.