OHIO STATE: Five Numbers to Note

Hoosier Nation begins its day-by-day preview of the Ohio State match-up. Today, we look at five of the important numbers to note about this Saturday's Big Ten encounter...

11 – consecutive wins for Ohio State dating back to last season. That's the third-longest active win streak in the nation, trailing only Alabama (19) and Boise State (18). Jim Tressel's Buckeyes last loss came on Oct. 17, 2009, when Purdue upset them 26-18 in West Lafayette. In addition to the overall win streak, the Buckeyes have also won nine straight at home, with the last setback coming last September against USC, 18-15. The most important streak to Indiana, though, is the 15 straight it's lost to the Buckeyes. Indiana's last win came on Oct. 8, 1988, when it whipped OSU 41-7 in Bloomington.

5 – Ohio State's national ranking in two key defensive categories –total defense (242.4) and turnover margin (+1.80). This is sort of defensive prowess is nothing new for the Buckeyes, who ranked fifth nationally in 2009 in total defense, scoring defense, turnover margin and pass efficiency defense. Miami (Fla.) is the only opponent to eclipse the 300-yard mark for total offense this season (352), while both Marshall (199) and Ohio (162) were held under 200 yards of total offense in their match-ups with the Buckeyes.

3 – times in the last four games that Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor has rushed for at least 100 yards in the game, equaling his total in his first two years on the OSU campus. Pryor ran 11 times for 104 yards Saturday against Illinois, which came on the heels of a seven-carry, 104-yard effort against Eastern Michigan and a 20-carry, 113-yard outing against Miami (Fla.). Indiana has had its share of issues with mobile quarterbacks this fall – the four opposing signal callers have combined to rush 48 times for 372 yards, including a 200-yard effort by Michigan's Denard Robinson and a 100-yard performance by Towson's Chris Hart. Pryor ran for 63 yards on 16 carries against IU in 2009, and Ohio State is 9-0 in Big Ten games when Pryor rushes for at least 50 yards.

4 – Indiana's national ranking in pass offense, averaging 348.3 yards/game. Thanks to his 45-of-64, 480-yard performance against Michigan, Ben Chappell has moved the IU passing attack up into the top five, where it trails only Hawaii (430.8/game), Arkansas (365.0) and Oklahoma State (364.8) in the category. It's easily the best mark in the Big Ten, with Northwestern (277.8) ranking second in the conference and 23rd nationally.

2 – Hoosiers ranked in the top-12 nationally in receptions. Demarlo Belcher (7.75/game) is ranked ninth, while Tandon Doss' 15-catch afternoon against Michigan enabled him to jump into 12th (7.5/game). In addition to the reception totals, Doss also ranks eighth in the country in receiving yards/game (107.7) and Belcher is 18th (93.8). As good as the Hoosier duo has been, they're still not the country's most productive tandem – Hawaii's Kealoha Pilares (39 catches, 682 yards) and Greg Salas (41 catches, 609 yards) both rank in the top 10 in both categories.

Coming Up
On Monday – Five Numbers to Note
On Tuesday – Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – Two Big Concerns
On Friday – One Bold Prediction

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