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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET11:30 PM GMT7:30 AM 北京时间4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST, Oct. 23, 2021
Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Indiana  Attendance: 52,656

After bye week, No. 5 Ohio State ready for Indiana

Ohio State Buckeyes at Indiana Hoosiers

  1. Ohio State has beaten Indiana in 26 consecutive meetings dating back to 1991. It is the longest active winning streak by any FBS team against a conference opponent.
  2. Ever since their 35-28 loss to Oregon, the Buckeyes have outscored opponents by 161 points. The only FBS team to outscore its opponents more since September 18 is Georgia (+167).
  3. Chris Olave is one away from 30 career touchdown receptions. He can be the third player in Buckeye history with 30 touchdown receptions, joining David Boston (34) and Devin Smith (30).
  4. Indiana is 0-4 against AP ranked opponents this season after going 3-1 against such opponents last season, with the one loss coming against Ohio State. The Hoosiers are averaging 11.3 points versus ranked opponents this season compared to 44.5 points versus unranked opponents.
  5. Ty Fryfogle got his 2000th career receiving yard last week and is up to 2056 yards. He is one of four active Big Ten players with over 2000 receiving yards, joining Purdue's David Bell, Ohio State's Chris Olave and Penn State's Jahan Dotson.

A bye week gave No. 5 Ohio State a chance to regroup and prepare for a difficult second half of the season.

That challenge will begin Saturday night at Indiana.

After facing the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) will play four of their final five games against ranked teams, a stretch that includes No. 7 Penn State (Oct. 30), No. 25 Purdue (Nov. 13), No. 9 Michigan State (Nov. 20) and No. 6 Michigan (Nov. 27).

"We're in a lot better of a place than we were in the beginning of the season," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. "We've got some rest, so now it's going to be a big run."

OSU redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud is starting to find his footing as a first-year starter. Stroud posted a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 10-0 in Ohio State's back-to-back conference wins over Rutgers and Maryland in the Buckeyes' two most recent games, and has thrown for 1,699 yards with 18 TDs and three interceptions this season.

"He's got to continue to be tough, physically tough, mentally tough and emotionally tough," Day said. "That's where if he keeps growing in that area, we've got a chance."

Day expects Indiana to bring pressure on Stroud this season after the Hoosiers forced former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields into three interceptions last year. Indiana hasn't beaten Ohio State since 1988, but the Hoosiers nearly ended that string last season, rallying from 21 points down at halftime to fall just short, 42-35, at Ohio Stadium.

"It was kind of a high risk, high reward," Day said. "We had a couple of big plays early on, and in the end we were just kind of hanging on, and so we've got to continue to be aggressive."

Indiana (2-4, 0-3) is still trying to find itself on offense in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers turned the ball over three times during their 20-15 loss to Michigan State on Saturday and have 12 turnovers in six games this season.

"Obviously, offensively not getting the job done," Indiana football coach Tom Allen said. "Got to protect the football. Not doing that. That's costly, been very costly again. Not scoring in the red zone."

Defensively, Indiana will face a stiff test against the Buckeyes, who lead the Big Ten in scoring at 48.5 points per game. Indiana is last in scoring defense at 26.8 per game.

"They create a lot of issues," Allen said. "They're just so explosive. Their receiver corps is different than you usually will see. They got three receivers that are as good as anybody you're going to face in the country. So that puts a lot of stress on you. Talented quarterback. Talented running backs as well."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 19, 2021