OSU Schedule Countdown: No. 6

With Ohio State's fall camp just weeks away, BuckeyeSports.com is ranking the most anticipated games on the schedule. Indiana is next up on the list at No. 6.

None of the players in this year's game were alive the last time Ohio State lost to Indiana, but the Hoosiers have been a thorn in Ohio State's side on occasion.

The most memorable recent example came in 2012 -- the last time Ohio State visited Bloomington -- when Indiana scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes to pull within three points in a 52-49 loss to the Buckeyes. Two years later, the Hoosiers were briefly on track to derail OSU's title hopes. Indiana led for most of the third quarter and the Buckeyes needed four second-half touchdowns from Jalin Marshall to run away from the Hoosiers in a 42-27 win.

And therein lies the problem for the Hoosiers, whose defense can generously be described as porous. It's been six years since Indiana's defense surrendered less than 30 points per contest, and they'll be going up against a buzzsaw in a matchup that will open conference play for both teams. For all the benefits of having quarterback Nate Sudfeld at the helm, there's still the simple problem that for any success the program has had against the Buckeyes, there's always been a Jalin Marshall on the other side of the field to snatch it away.

No. 6: Indiana
Nickname: Hoosiers
Conference: Big Ten
Stadium: Memorial Stadium (52,929)
Head coach: Kevin Wilson (fifth year, 14-34)
Record against Ohio State: 12-70-5
Returning starters: seven offense, five defense
2014 record: 4-8 (1-7 Big Ten)
Scout.com recruiting rankings: No. 57 (2015), No. 45 (2014), No. 49 (2013), No. 53 (2012), No. 58 (2011)
Who to watch: QB Nate Sudfeld, S Antonio Allen, RG Dan Feeney, RB Jordan Howard, LT Jason Spriggs

Why This Matchup Could Be Higher:
It's hard to say it could be higher because there seems to be a definitive quality split in the schedule between the top five and bottom seven, but this game can exceed expectations that others might have for it if the Hoosiers manage to stay healthy. The Hoosiers gave given Ohio State a second-half scare in two of the last three times they've met.

Why This Matchup Could Be Lower:
The Hoosiers will be without 2015 NFL draftee Tevin Coleman, who gashed the Buckeyes last year. The Indiana defense can't stop anyone, and that's not really a great omen against one of the best offenses in the country.

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