Bold predictions: Ohio State rush defense continues to dominate Indiana

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Ohio State does not allow 100 rushing yards or a rushing touchdown against Indiana for seventh straight meeting

The Buckeyes have dominated Indiana on both sides of football for much of the series, as evidenced by a 26-game winning streak against the Hoosiers, which is the second-longest active streak. One area where Ohio State has been particularly good at shutting down Indiana is in the field.

The last time the Hoosiers totaled at least 100 rushing yards or scored a rushing touchdown against the Buckeyes was in 2015 when they were able to rack up 176 rushing yards. Indiana came close to hitting the 100-yard mark the next year, dropping just a triple-digit rushing yard. It’s been downhill from there, with the highest mark since 2016 coming in 2018 when they scraped 84 yards. In 2020, Indiana finished the game with -1 yard on the ground.

Ohio State has been very good at defending the race this year. Even though Northwestern rushed for 206 yards last week, the Wildcats averaged just 3.5 yards per carry. Indiana doesn’t have a running back as talented as Evan Hull and averages under 80 yards per game rushing. If the Hoosiers manage to break 100 yards on the ground or score a rushing touchdown, it will only be because it happened late in the game against Buckeye’s backups.


Ohio State scores at least 20 points in the first quarter

After struggling to reach 21 points last week in awful weather against Northwestern, Ohio State shouldn’t have such a hard time putting points on the scoreboard today. By scoring 21 points last week, the Buckeyes set an NCAA record with 70 consecutive games in which they scored at least 20 points in a game, breaking a tie with Oklahoma, which had scored 20 points in 69 consecutive matches.

After a few slow starts lately, we see an Ohio State team that is much more precise in their preparation and execution this week. The Buckeyes know a showdown with Michigan is looming, and they can’t let those slow starts become a habit. While the Buckeyes have managed to get away with slow starts against their recent opponents, they won’t be able to do the same against the Wolverines. Ryan Day has his team ready to play, and as Ohio State battles inclement weather, they extend their record streak of scoring at least 20 points to 71 straight games.


Ohio State scores at least 50 points for third time in four years against Indiana

Even though the weather forecast has deteriorated over the past 24 hours, things will be better than what the Buckeyes saw last week in Evanston. Ohio State was only able to put 21 points on the scoreboard because the passing game was virtually unusable with the high winds the teams faced. Although there is rain and possibly snow forecast tomorrow, there is not much to worry about when it comes to forecast winds.

Indiana hasn’t allowed more than 45 points in a game this season, but its defense is moving in the wrong direction. The Hoosiers gave up 38 to Maryland and 45 last week to Penn State, with both contests taking place in Bloomington. Indiana now has to hit the road and face a team from Ohio State who just put on an abysmal performance.

There’s no reason the Buckeyes can’t do in Indiana what they did in Toledo, Wisconsin and Iowa earlier this year in Columbus. Miyan Williams, TreVeyon Henderson and the Buckeye offensive line must be angry after recently hearing how bad the running game is, and CJ Stroud is looking to bounce back from his worst performance as a starting quarterback. We’re seeing a great mix of running and passing in football as the Buckeyes could surpass the 54 points they put on the scoreboard last year against the Hoosiers in Bloomington.


Ohio State intercepts at least three passes today

Heading into last week’s game against Northwestern that made passing football impossible, Ohio State had created a ton of turnovers in the previous two games, intercepting three passes against Iowa and Penn State. The Buckeye secondary should be able to make at least three assists today against the Hoosiers.

Since Indiana can’t run the football, they’re going to be forced to get the football in the air early and often. Hoosier quarterback Connor Bazelak, who is back as a starter after Jack Tuttle was injured last week, has thrown at least one interception in seven of the eight games he has played this year. Bazelak has attempted at least 29 passes in every game he’s played this year, which should give the Buckeyes plenty of chances to get a few passes today.


Indiana linebacker Dasan McCullough saves a sack

One Hoosier who will be looking to make a few plays today is linebacker Dasan McCullough, who was originally committed to play at Ohio State. McCullough announced in May 2021 that he was moving back to Indiana to join his father, who was hired by the school as a running backs coach. After coaching at Indiana last year, the elder McCullough became the running backs coach at our Lady.

Indiana doesn’t create a ton of pressure, recording just 17 sacks in nine games. When the Hoosiers get to quarterback, McCullough is likely in the mix for the sack. The linebacker currently leads Indiana with four sacks this year. While much of the day probably won’t go well for the Hoosiers, McCullough should at least have a moment when he gets to CJ Stroud.

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