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Indiana vs. Ohio State - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Ohio State Buckeyes at Indiana Hoosiers
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Memorial Stadium
Bloomington, Indiana
The Line
The Line: Indiana Hoosiers +14 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FOX
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The Ohio State Buckeyes and Indiana Hoosiers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a 3-0 start when they take to the road for the first time. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won three of their last four road games. Justin Fields is completing 76 percent of his passes for 458 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Fields has 10 career touchdown passes under his belt. Binjimen Victor and Chris Olave have combined for 262 receiving yards and two touchdowns while KJ Hill has 11 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 253.5 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 232 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 10.5 points and 250.5 yards per game. Jordan Fuller leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 12 tackles, Chase Young has three sacks and Josh Proctor has one interception.

The Indiana Hoosiers look for a statement victory to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Indiana Hoosiers have lost four of their last six home games. Michael Penix Jr. is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 523 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Penix has four touchdown passes on 94 career pass attempts. Whop Philyor and Donavan Hale have combined for 267 receiving yards and one touchdown while Peyton Hendershot has nine receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 131 yards per contest, and Stevie Scott III leads the way with 109 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 12 points and 257 yards per game. Reakwon Jones leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 15 tackles, Jerome Johnson has 1.5 sacks and Jaylin Williams has one interception.

The Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hoosiers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in September, 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 conference games and 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Buckeyes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Indiana and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Hoosiers last 4 games overall. The over is 8-3 in Buckeyes last 11 road games.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have failed to cover seven of their last 10 games as double-digit favorites. The Indiana Hoosiers have covered 10 of their last 15 games as a double-digit underdog. It's hard to get a feel for how good Indiana is given the lack of competition its played up to this point, but we do know from past meetings that the Hoosiers struggle with the speed of the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes are beating the Hoosiers by an average of 20.8 points in the last five meetings, and they've covered six of the last eight meetings at Memorial Stadium. The Indiana Hoosiers lack the playmakers and the speed to slowdown this OSU offense. I'll eat the chalk. 

Pick:
Ohio State Buckeyes -14

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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