Indiana Hoosiers (3-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 8, 2016, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -30.5 -- Over/Under:
The Indiana Hoosiers and Ohio State Buckeyes clash Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten showdown at Ohio Stadium on ESPN.
The Indiana Hoosiers have a chance to beat back-to-back ranked teams and take control of the Big Ten East. Richard Lagow is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 1,278 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Lagow has thrown all six of his interceptions in his last two games. Nick Westbrook and Ricky Jones have combined for 720 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Mitchell Paige has 18 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 176 yards per contest, and Devine Redding leads the way with 413 yards on 83 carries. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 21.8 points and 373 yards per game. Tegray Scales leads the Hoosiers with 36 tackles, A’Shon Riggins has one sack and Rashard Fant has one interception.
The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t lost to an unranked team at home since their 2014 loss to Virginia Tech. J.T. Barrett is completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 888 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. Barrett has four or more touchdown passes in three of his four games this season. Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown have combined for 494 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Dontre Wilson has 12 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 332 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 495 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 9.3 points and 235.5 yards per game. Raekwon McMillan leads the Buckeyes with 27 tackles, Nick Bosa has two sacks and Malik Hooker has three interceptions.
The Hoosiers are 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games. The Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Hoosiers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
We all know that Ohio State is lightyears better than Indiana and should have little trouble winning this game at home. However, 30 points is a little crazy. Indiana can put up points and has improved its defense by allowing 21 or less points in three of its four games this season. For god sake, Indiana did just upset Michigan State, which has to count for something. Not to mention Indiana has covered the last five games against Ohio State. There's also the fact the Buckeyes have a huge road game against Wisconsin next week, so there's a look ahead factor here as well.
I'll take my 30 points with the Indiana Hoosiers and call it a day.