Every Friday in this space we will put on our prognosticator hats and try to project how Indiana will fare in football in the next day’s game.
So how do you think Indiana will fare this week against Ohio State?
The consensus seems to be that the Hoosiers will get blown out. And it’s certainly easy to understand why that would be the overriding opinion.
IU hasn’t won a Big Ten game in six tries. Ohio State is one of the teams in the conversation for the College Football Playoff.
And it will need to win – and likely win big – in order to increase its chances there.
My bigger question for Indiana in this one isn’t so much of whether they can win or not, but rather can they keep things respectable against such a high-powered opponent on the road.
Zander Diamont took baby steps last week against Rutgers, but they were still steps in the right direction. He completed a couple of passes down field, had his first college TD pass and almost doubled his total passing yardage from the previous three games.
And Tevin Coleman ran wild.
How Will Coleman fare on Saturday against a defense that will be designed to corral him? My guess is that Coleman gets some yards – not 307 mind you – but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s around the 100 yard mark. The next question will be whether he can get into the end zone. Since he’s always a big play waiting to happen, there’s always that possibility.
With all of that in mind, here’s my prediction. From a point spread standpoint, I think IU covers … but barely.
My pick: Ohio State 52, Indiana 24
So that’ s my thought. What do you think? We’re going to open a thread on the premium and free boards for your picks.
You have my pick. Here are the predictions from the AllHoosiers.com staff.
Ohio State 52, Indiana 13: As much as Indiana may have progressed since Diamont's first start, Ohio State's powerhouse will easily roll over them. There's talk about how Ohio State's defense will finally face a top running back in Tevin Coleman, but I don't foresee OSU's defense running into any problems containing him. Stopping big plays has been a talking point all season with Coach Kevin Wilson, but, even though Indiana has stressed this and made some strides, I predict we will see Ohio State converting on many big plays.
Ohio State 50, Indiana 10: Zander Diamont gets another great test in traveling to the Horseshoe in Columbus to face a stout Buckeye defense. Diamont and the rest of the Hoosier offense will struggle, though, Saturday in a game not even Tevin Coleman will keep Indiana in. The Hoosiers' offensive struggles leave little reason to believe they can win this game. The Buckeyes earn a blowout victory behind a big day from freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett.
Ben FaunceOhio State 42, Indiana 10: Behind one of the top quarterbacks in the conference in J.T. Barrett, Ohio State will have no problem putting up points. The Buckeye offense is too much for the young Indiana defense to handle, and Barrett will exploit the Hoosier secondary. Offensively, while Zander Diamont showed improvement last week, Ohio State is simply too good for him to see success Saturday. Coleman named Walker Semifinalist
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Coleman gets 307, but IU loses