Top-ranked Ohio State's first crack at extending the streak is Saturday at Indiana. The crowd around a Hoosier basketball game rivals any rabid fan base in the nation. And maybe a couple more in November, too. Regardless, it should be a great atmosphere to kick off conference play. Northwestern's Justin Jackson, who ran 33 times for a career-high 189 yards against Ball State, has gone over 100 in nine of his last 11 games.... The Buckeyes are led by running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is third in the Big Ten with 113.8 yards per game. That saving grace ended up at Indiana University when UAB closed down its program. The Hoosiers' O-line will have to be at its best this week for Howard to gash the Buckeyes.
With three national championships in four years, Alabama was on the top of the world following the 2012 college football season. It's easier said than done, but if they can do find a way, the Buckeyes should not have trouble moving to 5-0. Sudfeld has completed 77 of 126 passes for 1,143 yards and seven touchdowns against just one interception. His favorite target, redshirt junior Ricky Jones, has collected 18 completions for 411 yards and three scores. He's also been efficient so far, catching 62 percent of his targets on the season. The Hoosiers are particularly ghastly through the air, ranking 94th in Passing IsoPPP.
"That's the big thing, just getting in guys' heads that it's the Big Ten season", Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry said. Meyer noted that Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall have each been performing well, while also saying that Braxton Miller and Curtis Samuel, amongst others, deserve more touches. Why is that? He's the best running back in the Big Ten. But... It will be interesting to see how the defense performs on the road against the talent Indiana brings to the table. Tevin Coleman rushed for more than 2,000 yards past year . Backs are strong. It's a good quarterback. Usually that means Indiana's Memorial Stadium becomes a pseudo-home game for the Buckeyes. Despite the Jones' erratic deep accuracy, the Buckeyes should look to keep going long this week.
The Buckeyes (4-0) have won 17 straight and 14 in a row on the road, the longest active streaks in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Hoosiers can take heart, even with a loss.
The numbers tell the story for coach Urban Meyer during his time at Ohio State: 24-0. We don't want to make (Ohio State) more than they are. Have a problem generating big plays? Having trouble protecting your quarterback? "Despite being what a few may consider an undersized safety at 6'1" 190 lbs, Bell was ranked as the 32 best overall prospect in the country by Rivals coming out of high school.
Ohio State defensive lineman Joel Hale still recalls the game. More recently - roughly since the Vietnam War ended - the Hoosiers have struggled to consistently field a competitive team.
In recent years, Ohio State has paid homage to past championship teams by wearing jerseys similar to past jersey styles.
UCLA took care of business convincingly early in the season, put the breaks on a seemingly unstoppable Brigham Young team - granted, that win now is uncertain following BYU's capitulation at Michigan - and really sent a message in primetime on Saturday night.