College Football Indiana At Ohio State Expert Predictions

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 5, 2016 in

The second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes host the Indiana Hoosiers this Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes shellacked the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last week by a 58-0 tally. Indiana upset Michigan State at home last week by a 24-21 score. In 2015, Ohio State beat Indiana on the road, but the score was perilously close at 34-27. Check out all of our betting lines for this weekend’s action.

In Depth Analysis On The College Football Hoosiers At Buckeyes Expert Predictions

When: Friday, October 7, 2016, 3:30pm ET
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
TV: ESPN
Radio: Ohio State IMG Sports Network / Indiana Hoosier Sports Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Ohio State (-32), O/U 61.5
 


 

Why should you bet on the Hoosiers?

I don’t see Indiana coming into Ohio Stadium and taking a win, but a 32-point line makes the conversation much different. Last week, the Hoosiers knocked off a talented Michigan State squad, as quarterback Richard Lagow went 16 for 26 for 276 yards and a pair of scores with just one interception. Tailback Devine Redding galloped for 100 yards, and Ricky Jones pulled down five receptions for 124 yards and a score. This game represented the Hoosiers’ second win against a ranked foe in their last 26 chances, but their good balance on offense makes them a tough opponent to slow down.

The Indiana defense impressed many observers, posting two sacks of Spartan quarterback Tyler O’Connor. However, the balanced offense of Ohio State will provide by far the toughest test that the Hoosiers have faced this season.

Why should you put your money on the Buckeyes?

Ohio State kept their foot on the gas all day long against Rutgers, as quarterback J.T. Barrett threw four touchdown passes, piling up 238 yards on 21-for-29 passing. Barrett has 14 passing touchdowns so far this season, with just a pair of interceptions. Freshman tailback Mike Weber also sparkled against Rutgers, picking up 144 yards. Wideout Curtis Samuel led the receiving corps with 68 yards. These three should put up some more big numbers against Indiana once they have the Hoosier defense figured out.

Rutgers only picked up 116 total yards on the day against Ohio State, whose defense only permits 9.2 points per game (#1 in the nation). To be fair, the Buckeyes have only played one solid offense (Oklahoma), but they have dominated the schedule they have faced to this point.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Ohio State to win this game easily, but I also think that the Hoosiers can keep this game closer than 32. I predict a 44-17 Buckeye win.