Game Data: Indiana at Ohio State

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Indiana at Ohio State

* Date, Time: Sat., Oct. 21; 12:03 p.m. (Eastern)

* Location: Ohio Stadium

* TV: ESPNU. Announcers: Clay Matvick and Brian Kinchen.

Here is a link to our story on the situation with the ESPNU broadcast:

OSU-IU on ESPNU

* 2006 Records, Rankings: Ohio State, 7-0 overall, 3-0 Big Ten; ranked first in Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches poll; Indiana, 4-3 overall, 2-1 Big Ten, unranked.

* Coaches: Ohio State, Jim Tressel (sixth year at OSU, 57-13; 21st year overall, 192-70-2; vs. Indiana, 5-0); Indiana, Terry Hoeppner (second year at IU, 8-10; eighth year overall, 56-35; vs. Ohio State, 0-2).

* Series History: Ohio State leads the all-time series 64-12-5, including 41-10-4 in Columbus. OSU won 41-10 last year in Bloomington. The Buckeyes have won 36 of the last 38 meetings in the series, including the last 13 since back-to-back losses in 1987-88.

* Indiana Schedule: Sept. 2, Western Michigan, W 39-20; Sept. 9, at Ball State, W 24-23; Sept. 16, Southern Illinois, L 35-28; Sept. 23, Connecticut, L 14-7; Sept. 30, Wisconsin, L 52-17; Oct. 7, at Illinois, W 34-32; Oct. 14, Iowa, W 31-28; Oct. 21, at Ohio State; Oct. 28, Michigan State; Nov. 4, at Minnesota; Nov. 11, Michigan; Nov. 18, at Purdue.

* Indiana Key Players (2006 Stats): QB Kellen Lewis (93 of 174, 1,138 yards, 5 TDs, 3 INTs; 66 carries, 193 yards, 3 TDs), RB Josiah Sears (36 carries, 225 yards, 4 TDs), RB Marcus Thigpen (58 carries, 202 yards, 2 TDs), WR Nick Polk (22 catches, 240 yards, 1 TD), WR James Hardy (21 catches, 291 yards, 4 TDs), FS Will Meyers (46 tackles, 3-1/2 TFLs, 2 INTs), SS Austin Thomas (42 tackles), SLB Geno Johnson (39 tackles), CB Tracy Porter (35 tackles, 3 INTs).

* Indiana Fast Facts: Location: Bloomington, Ind.; Enrollment, 38,903; Nickname, Hoosiers; Colors, Crimson and Cream; Stadium, Memorial Stadium (surface, AstroPlay; capacity, 52,354).

Depth Charts

Ohio State Offense

SE 80 Brian Robiskie, 6-3, 195, So.

8 Roy Hall, 6-3, 240, Sr.

LT 75 Alex Boone, 6-8, 325, So.

68 Tim Schafer, 6-5, 290, Sr.

LG 71 Steve Rehring, 6-8, 329, So.

68 Tim Schafer, 6-5, 290, Sr.

C 50 Doug Datish, 6-5, 295, Sr.

54 Tyler Whaley, 6-1, 270, So.

RG 72 T.J. Downing, 6-4, 305, Sr.

63 Ben Person, 6-4, 315, So.

RT 74 Kirk Barton, 6-6, 310, Jr.

or 79 Jon Skinner, 6-5, 300, So.

TE 88 Rory Nicol, 6-5, 250, So.

87 Brandon Smith, 6-3, 252, So.

FL 7 Ted Ginn Jr., 6-0, 180, Jr.

4 Ray Small, 6-0, 175, Fr.

QB 10 Troy Smith, 6-1, 215, Sr.

12 Justin Zwick, 6-4, 225, Sr.

TB 25 Antonio Pittman, 5-11, 195, Jr.

34 Maurice Wells, 5-10, 190, So.

or 28 Chris Wells, 6-1, 225, Fr.

FB 89 Stan White Jr., 6-2, 242, Sr.

49 Dionte Johnson, 6-0, 234, Jr.

SL 11 Anthony Gonzalez, 6-0, 195, Jr.

9 Brian Hartline, 6-3, 180, R-Fr.

K 20 Aaron Pettrey, 6-1, 195, R-Fr.

85 Ryan Pretorius, 5-9, 180, So.

Ohio State Defense

DE 99 Jay Richardson, 6-6, 276, Sr.

87 Lawrence Wilson, 6-6, 270, So.

DT 98 Joel Penton, 6-5, 290, Sr.

97 David Patterson, 6-3, 285, Sr.

DT 90 Quinn Pitcock, 6-3, 295, Sr.

92 Todd Denlinger, 6-3, 280, R-Fr.

DE 50 Vernon Gholston, 6-4, 260, So.

78 Alex Barrow, 6-5, 275, So.

SLB 1 Marcus Freeman, 6-2, 242, So.

or 55 Curtis Terry, 6-2, 234, Jr.

MLB 33 James Laurinaitis, 6-3, 244, So.

6 Larry Grant, 6-3, 225, Jr.

WLB 52 John Kerr, 6-1, 233, Sr.

51 Ross Homan, 6-1, 237, Fr.

CB 2 Malcolm Jenkins, 6-1, 202, So.

13 Andre Amos, 6-1, 180, R-Fr.

FS 3 Jamario O'Neal, 6-1, 200, So.

8 Aaron Gant, 6-0, 205, Fr.

SS 32 Brandon Mitchell, 6-3, 205, Sr.

23 Nick Patterson, 6-2, 210, So.

CB 14 Antonio Smith, 5-9, 195, Sr.

20 Donald Washington, 6-1, 195, R-Fr.

NB 20 Donald Washington, 6-1, 195, R-Fr.

23 Nick Patterson, 6-2, 210, So.

P 15 A.J. Trapasso, 6-1, 220, So.

48 Jon Thoma, 6-1, 190, R-Fr.

LS 58 Drew Norman, 6-0, 230, Sr.

Indiana Offense

LT 76 Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 275, Fr.

79 Scott Anderson, 6-6, 308, Sr.

LG 78 Kyle Thomas, 6-4, 290, So.

64 Pete Saxon, 6-6, 310, Fr.

C 60 Justin Frye, 6-5, 296, Sr.

61 Ben Wyss, 6-1, 280, Jr.

RG 50 John Sandberg, 6-2, 290, Jr.

74 Chris Mangiero, 6-1, 305, Sr.

RT 70 Charlie Emerson, 6-5, 266, Jr.

73 James Brewer, 6-8, 295, Fr.

TE 83 Matt O'Neal, 6-1, 229, Sr.

88 Nick Sexton, 6-5, 250, Jr.

WR 82 James Hardy, 6-7, 216, So.

13 Andrew Means, 6-0, 209, Fr.

WR 6 James Bailey, 6-2, 205, So.

8 Nick Polk, 6-0, 200, R-Fr.

WR 1 Jahkeen Gilmore, 6-0, 211, Sr.

7 Ray Fisher, 5-9, 167, Fr.

TB 2 Marcus Thigpen, 5-9, 182, So.

42 Josiah Sears, 6-0, 238, Jr.

QB 15 Kellen Lewis, 6-1, 177, R-Fr.

14 Blake Powers, 6-4, 224, Jr.

K 18 Austin Starr, 6-2, 199, So.

Indiana Defense

DE 57 Jammie Kirlew, 6-3, 250, R-Fr.

85 Brian Faires, 6-3, 257, Jr.

DT 95 Joe Kremer, 6-2, 295, Jr.

90 Todd Newman, 6-4, 274, R-Fr.

DT 62 Greg Brown, 6-2, 303, So.

97 Keith Burrus, 6-2, 269, R-Fr.

DE 92 Kenny Kendal, 6-3, 250, Sr.

98 Greg Middleton, 6-3, 260, Fr.

BLB 40 Josh Bailey, 6-1, 220, R-Fr.

10 Mandela Roberts, 6-0, 220, Fr.

MLB 51 Adam McClurg, 6-0, 230, Jr.

46 Jake Powers, 6-1, 230, Sr.

SLB 56 Geno Johnson, 6-2, 210, So.

43 Matt Mayberry, 6-2, 211, Fr.

CB 28 Leslie Majors, 5-9, 170, Jr.

16 Chris Phillips, 6-0, 185, So.

SS 20 Austin Thomas, 6-2, 210, R-Fr.

5 Troy Grosfield, 6-0, 195, Sr.

FS 39 Will Meyers, 5-11, 201, Sr.

26 Brandon Mosley, 5-8, 195, So.

CB 9 Tracy Porter, 5-11, 181, Jr.

33 Joe Kleinsmith, 5-11, 190, So.

P 44 Tyson Beattie, 6-1, 204, Sr.

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: The Buckeyes were hitting on nearly all cylinders last week at Michigan State with Troy Smith tossing for 234 yards and two touchdowns in that win. Indiana is a distant 10th in the Big Ten in passing defense efficiency, allowing 15 touchdowns and an average of 216.3 yards per game against just seven interceptions.

The Hoosiers have also only registered 10 sacks this year, also ranking 10th in the conference. Iowa's Drew Tate threw for 292 yards in a losing effort last week. The thought has to be that Smith will be given every opportunity to make plays – and some big plays – with the pass against Indiana.

Even worse for Indiana, the Hoosiers are 11th in the conference in rushing defense at 172.4 yards per game. This is a game where Antonio Pittman (if he is 100 percent) and Chris Wells have to be licking their chops to take handoffs, tosses and option pitches early and often.

* When Indiana Has The Ball: Ohio State enjoyed another strong performance defensively this past week at Michigan State, holding the high powered Spartans to just 198 yards and one late touchdown. Otherwise, OSU would have had its first shutout since the Northwestern game in 2003.

Indiana QB Kellen Lewis is a dual threat who can make things happen with the run and the pass. The Hoosiers have had a revolving door at running back and may have a tough time establishing the run against an OSU defense that held MSU to 63 net yards on 30 rushing attempts last year.

The Buckeyes have been opportunistic on defense, getting a spate of turnovers this year. Last year, OSU's Brandon Mitchell returned an interception for a touchdown in the Buckeyes' rout of IU at Bloomington.

* How It Will Go: The Hoosiers have suddenly become one of the best feel-good stories in college football. Their coach, Terry Hoeppner, has twice undergone brain surgery this calendar year as he battles cancer. IU shrugged off three straight defeats – including a home loss to Division I-AA Southern Illinois – to win their last two Big Ten games. They are on top of the world after last week's upset of No. 15 Iowa, the highest ranked team IU has beaten since it dropped then-No. 9 OSU in 1987.

They will come in on cloud nine and could give Ohio State quite a tussle for a half. That seems to be the way most of OSU's home games have gone as Cincinnati and Penn State have hung with OSU into the second half at the Horseshoe.

My feeling is Ohio State, like last week, will gradually pull away late in the first half. And, as last year's game at IU showed, these programs are on two different levels. This is an Indiana team, after all, that lost at home to Wisconsin 52-17 just three weeks ago. I've got it: Ohio State 44-7

* For The Record: I am 7-0 straight-up and 4-3 against-the-spread with Ohio State. (As of Tuesday, OSU was listed as a 31 point favorite.)

* Other Picks: On this week's Bucknuts Radio Hour, all of the panelists picked Ohio State. Mr. Bucknuts picked OSU 37-13. Jerry Rudzinski said OSU 41-10. Dave Biddle said OSU 41-10. Kirk Larrabee said OSU 38-10.

-- Steve Helwagen


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