To say this matchup has been extremely one-sided would be an understatement. Last year Ohio State beat Indiana 51-10. In 2011 when Ohio State went 6-7, after Jim Tressel left after several scandals under his watch, they still beat Indiana. The last time Indiana didn't lose to Ohio State was in 1990. Notice that we didn't say win. That game ended in a 27-27 tie. That game also happened to be the last time Indiana was ranked while playing against the Buckeyes. You'll have to go to 1988 for the last time the Hoosiers beat Ohio State in football. This matchup is much better reserved for basketball.
The last decade has offered a bit more hope though for the Hoosiers though. In 2015 they came within one touchdown of beating the Buckeyes and in Urban Meyer's first year in 2012, they came within a field goal of Ohio State. It may be fair to say that this is the best matchup between these two BIG-10 mainstays in possibly the history of the programs. You'd have to dive deep into the history books to find when both of these teams were ranked when they played each other, let alone be ranked in the Top-10 together. This is also the only Top-10 matchup of the week.
Even saying all of that, the Buckeyes are nearly three-touchdown favorites in this one. A big reason for that is QB Justin Fields. In almost any other year, he'd be the number one quarter going off the NFL draft board next year if it wasn't for Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. Fields doesn't have a pick on the season and his 96.4 QBR and 86.7 completion percentage are leading the nation. Fields has as many touchdown passes as incompletions this season with 11 apiece. Just bonkers. The Buckeyes will have no problem getting it done on offense this game. The lowest they've scored is 38 against Penn State and they scored 52 and 49 on Nebraska and Rutgers respectively.
What TV Channel is Indiana-Ohio State on?
Cardinals-Seahawks will be shown on FOX at 12:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NCAA Football Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Indiana-Ohio State
When: Saturday, November 21
Where: Ohio Stadium - Columbus, OH
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NCAA Football free with fuboTV)
The biggest question for the Buckeyes is going to be on the defensive side of things. By no means are they bad and they have a better unit than most teams in the country. They have been prone to give up big plays though and they will need to limit QB Michael Penix Jr. He has more passing yards than Fields and has nine TDs of his own. This Hoosiers defense pitched a shutout against Michigan State last week and they have proved they can hold their own in every game this season. While it will still be a monumental task to beat Ohio State this go around, betting the under of 20.5 points seems reasonable.
Maybe the most impressive stat going into this game though is that the Buckeyes have 15 straight double-digit wins against BIG-10 opponents. That is the most in the history of the conference. The Buckeyes seem like a lock to get into the College Football playoff. The Hoosiers will be their biggest test and they are favored by nearly three scores. Illinois, Michigan State and Michigan are left the rest of the way.
Illinois is Illinois, Michigan State got shut out by Indiana, and Michigan doesn't look like Michigan. Going into this season, Jim Harbaugh just had to get over the Ohio State hump. Now the Wolverines are now just 1-3 and moving in the wrong direction. In a season with no certainties because of an ongoing pandemic, it seems like the closest thing we have to a lock is that we will see the Buckeyes in the CFB Playoff.
Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Odds
Hoosiers Odds: +20.5
Buckeyes Odds: -20.5
Money Line: Hoosiers +800 - Buckeyes -1,300