Ohio State (@1.1) vs Indiana (@7.0)

Our Prediction:

Ohio State will win

Ohio State – Indiana Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 12:00

That places them 92nd in Division 1 in punting average. The Hoosiers average 18 yards per kick return and they are 59th in the country in all-purpose yards with 2,300. Indiana is ranked 48th in the nation in punt returns with 9. The Indiana Hoosiers have attempted 6 field goals this season and made 5, which is 56th in D-1. They have returned 6 kicks for 109 yards on special teams, ranking 113th in kick return yardage. They've accumulated 130 punt return yards and average 14.4 yards per return, which is 30th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 83%. Their punters have totaled 842 yards on 21 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. Indiana Hoosiers kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 16 for 17 this year.

The point total was definitely under, Ohio State did not score 40, and while Okudah had a big game on the coverage units, he didn't do anything extraordinary on defense. Special teams, particularly Drue Chrisman making nine pretty good punts, definitely played a big part in this game. Additionally, we nailed KJ Hamler scoring on a big play, and Trace McSorley did have a 51 yard scramble, which was big, but PSU did not score on another long play.

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"So the minute -- first off in July, our guys have been working really, really hard.

Donavan Hale and J-Shun Harris are a couple of other upperclassmen who could be targeted more if Indiana isnt able to get some of their injured receivers healthy. In 2016, Westbrook registered 54 catches for 995 yards and six touchdown receptions, and this year has 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. If Philyor or Timian isnt able to play, or is limited in his participation, the Hoosiers will lean on some of their other wide receivers. A name familiar to Ohio State fans is Nick Westbrook, who tore his ACL on the first play of the year last season against the Buckeyes.

247Sports take: One of several September contests that will feature many first-year players for the Buckeyes, Day has the luxury of playing a bunch of freshmen early to gain vital experience before the meat of the Big Ten slate begins. By the end of this one, Justin Fields should hit double-digit touchdowns for the season and we'll be talking about Ohio State "looking the part" heading into its first tough road game of the campaign. Another lopsided win provides the Buckeyes with confidence early on.

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When they do, Tate Martell will take over at quarterback, and we predict that the flashy gunslinger will lead the Buckeyes down the field and score not one, but two touchdowns in this contest. The starters may not be pulled at halftime, like they were against the Green Wave, but the second unit should at least play for most of the fourth quarter. Again, for fun, let's say Martell gets one on the ground, and one through the air.

In fact, College GameDay will likely be in town, touting the Huskers' unbeaten start in Scott Frost's second season. Sounds like a good bit of motivational fuel for the Buckeyes, right? One of the must-see games across college football in Week 5, Ohio State escapes a raucous environment to remain perfect in conference play. 247Sports take: The first game of the season that should worry the Buckeyes a bit, Nebraska welcomes the defending Big Ten champs to Lincoln in arguably the biggest home game in a decade plus.

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Haskins wasnt the only Buckeye to be honored for his performance last week, as defensive end Chase Young was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week. With Ohio State not having the services of defensive end Nick Bosa for a second straight game, Young had his best outing as a Buckeyes on Saturday night. The sophomore finished with six tackles, three of those being for loss, two sacks, and two pass breakups.

There is always the fear of Ohio State coming out of the gates slow after last weeks emotional comeback win on the road over Penn State, but the Buckeyes simply have too much talent for Tom Allens Hoosiers squad to keep up. There have been a few games over the past decade in which the Hoosiers have been a thorn in the side of the Buckeyes, but this doesnt look to be one of those games.

247Sports take: Jonathan Taylor for Heisman? In one of those games that isn't pretty offensively for either team, the Buckeyes hold off the Badgers with a late stop. Coming off the possible loss at Northwestern, the Buckeyes will play with its backs against the wall knowing a victory over a nationally-ranked opponents puts them right back in the thick of the national title picture. Ohio State is hoping its fearsome front seven can stop a player who can potentially set the all-time FBS rushing record this season ... as a junior.