Johnson: Final Thoughts Heading into Week 6 versus Indiana

Johnson: Final Thoughts Heading into Week 6 versus Indiana

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Johnson: Final Thoughts Heading into Week 6 versus Indiana


Each week, we bring you some random thoughts before Ohio State takes to the gridiron. Here are some nuggets about this week’s contest with Indiana.


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  • Ohio State needs to come into this game focused on the task at hand. I’m sure that I don’t need to remind anyone about what happened after the Buckeyes beat Penn State season. Unfortunately, OSU won’t get the benefit of a “do over” like the SEC champion did last year. Remember, Auburn destroyed Georgia 40-17 in the regular season before losing the rematch in the conference championship game.
  • I realize that it’s only October, but I think that style points actually do matter. If Ohio State doesn’t blow the Hoosiers out, the Selection Committee will hold that against them in the initial polls.
  • That’s a shame because the Hoosiers actually have a pretty good team. At 4-1, the odds of Indiana returning to a bowl are pretty high. Although the committee ignored it last year, I’d like to see it reward teams that beat solid competition.
  • Of course, that success wouldn’t have been possible without OSU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. The IU program was a doormat before he showed up. While it took him four years to rebuild, he did guide the Hoosiers to back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1990-91.
  • I’m anxious to see if the offense will let Haskins do his thing or whether it will play as conservatively as it did last week.
  • Why haven’t we seen more Martell packages?
  • Believe it or not, there is an argument for playing a little more conservatively. After all, Indiana ranks 13th nationally in turnovers, producing 11 takeaways in its first five contests.
  • Keep an eye on the matchup between the OSU defensive line and the Indiana offensive line. It’ll be interesting to see the Buckeye front four compete against an IU offensive line that’s only allowed six sacks this season.
  • Prediction: Ohio State learns from last year’s mistakes and comes into this contest ready for battle. The Hoosiers will score early to make it interesting, but the Buckeyes will pummel them over the final three quarters. Ohio State 42, Indiana 14.

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