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

Our Prediction:

Ohio State will win

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

If Justin Fields is still in the Heisman conversation coming down the stretch, his performance against Penn State could be vital to his campaign. 247Sports take: This is always a challenging game for the Buckeyes, but Penn State is a tougher out on the road and most are projecting the Nittany Lions to be somewhat of a mixed bag this season, hovering around the eight-win mark. The past two meetings in this rivalry have been 1-point thrillers and there's no reason to project 2019's matchup to be much different.

A Miles Sanders touchdown run gave the Nittany Lions a 12-point lead with eight minutes to go, but the Buckeyes responded quickly with a three-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by an incredible effort by Binjimen Victor on a 47-yard touchdown reception. The Buckeyes were then able to force the Nittany Lions to punt, which would lead to an eight-play, 96-yard touchdown drive. Hills 24-yard touchdown reception from Dwayne Haskins with 2:03 left in the game. Ohio State was able to take the lead for good on K.J.

After being named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award last year in his first season as the starting punter for the Buckeyes, Chrisman again looks like hell be in the thick of the conversation for the award this year. With three punts that were marked inside the 20-yard line last week, Chrisman has now seen 13 of his 22 punts end up inside the 20-yard line.

Predicting Ohio State's 2019 schedule game by game

Ohio State kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 32 for 32 this season. The Buckeyes average 21 yards per kick return and they are 6th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,035. They've totaled 99 punt return yards and average 7.1 yards per return, which is 86th in D-1. That ranks them 21st in the NCAA in punting average. They have returned 7 kicks for 149 yards on special teams, which puts them 97th in kick return yardage. Ohio State is 6th in the country in punt returns with 14. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 60%. The Ohio State Buckeyes have tried 5 field goals this year and made 3, which is 104th in college football. Their punters have accumulated 982 yards on 22 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt.

Before consecutive blowouts in the series, this rivalry was decided by an average of five points per game over the previous six including three Michigan State wins (the biggest coming in the 2013 conference title game). 247Sports take: Led by a bevy of veterans including quarterback Brian Lewerke and a defense that returns nearly every starter, it's safe to expect the Spartans to be one of college football's most-improved teams this season, but what does that mean here? This should be a line of scrimmage battle with J.K. Dobbins and Ohio State's strong rushing attack holding the upper hand.

The sophomore had a breakout game two weeks ago against Michigan State, finishing with 13 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown. Philyor missed last weeks game due to an ankle injury, and his status for Saturdays game is still up in the air. Joining Philyor on the injury front is Luke Timian, who hauled in 68 passes last season. Whop Philyor is Indianas leading receiver so far this season, pulling in 18 catches for 194 yards and a touchdown.

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.

at Indiana (Sept. 14)

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.

While Borlands performance was impressive, the most notable effort from an Ohio State linebacker on Saturday night came from Malik Harrison. The Walnut Ridge product was tasked with spying Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley on numerous occasions, finishing the game with a career-high eight tackles. Harrison is currently second on the team with 20 tackles this year, trailing safety Jordan Fuller by two for the team lead.

Defensive struggles have been the chief problem with Indiana simply not having enough athletes and depth on defense to keep up with Ohio State's playmakers. A fringe bowl team this fall, Indiana will be lucky to keep this one within the number, a point spread expected to hover around three touchdowns. It won't come here. Tom Allen is 10-15 in two seasons as head coach and is still searching for that signature victory heading into the 2019 season. 247Sports take: The Hoosiers haven't beaten the Buckeyes since 1988, a span of 25 games.

The Buckeyes have an over/under record of 2-3-0 and they are 3-2-0 against the spread. The Hoosiers have an ATS record of 1-4-0 while their over/under record is 2-3-0. The opening line for this game has Ohio State as 27.5 point favorites. The Indiana Hoosiers travel to Ohio Stadium to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

at Nebraska (Sept. 28)

Ohio State is 38th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 94. Opponent offenses have completed 75 throws on 142 attempts against the Ohio State defense this season, ranking them 38th and 61st in the country. The Ohio State Buckeyes pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,011 yards in the air, which is 62nd overall in total pass defense. They have had 30 penalties for 280 yards on defense this year. The Ohio State Buckeyes rush defense has given up 191 attempts for 781 yards this season, putting them in 77th place in the country against the run. They have given up a total of 1,792 yards on D, which is 72nd in the nation. That places them 77th in Division 1. The Buckeyes are 66th in yards per play allowed with 5.4.