Ten things to know about Ohio State

Justin Fields and company had little trouble on Saturday with Cincinnati (Photo: Joe Maiorana, USA TODAY Sports) With a conference opener against a top 10 ranked team, it’s a good time to restart our detailed look at Indiana’s opponent this week as No. 6 Ohio State comes to Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. The Buckeyes slipped out of the top five in the polls this despite a 42-0 thrashing on Saturday against in-state rival Cincinnati. The LSU Tigers, thanks to a big win over a ranked Texas team, jumped over the Buckeyes in this week’s new poll. In the opening week, Ohio State jumped quickly to a big lead against Florida Atlantic and cruised to a 45-21 victory. OSU was up 28-0 after the first quarter. Indiana is coming of a 52-0 shutout of Eastern Illinois, the largest shutout win for the program since the 1944 season. The Hoosiers opened the season in Indianapolis, knocking off in-state rival Ball State at Lucas Oil Stadium, 34-24. The early line in this game has the visiting Buckeyes as about a 15.5 point favorite. Last season these two teams met October 6th in Columbus. The game was close until the final quarter when Ohio State had a pair of touchdowns to pull away for a 49-26 win. Two years ago these two teams opened the 2017 season in Bloomington. In a Thursday night game in front of a packed Memorial Stadium crowd, Indiana led 21-20 late in the third quarter. Again Ohio State finished strong, scoring four touchdowns down the stretch to win, 49-21. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon E.T. with FOX on the broadcast. Here are 10 things to get you up to speed on the Buckeyes. Ryan Day has known nothing but success thus far (Photo: Icon Sportswire, Getty) When Urban Meyer retired last December, citing health reasons, Ohio State had an easy decision on his replacement. So much so that on the day Meyer retired, Day was announced as his successor. Day had most recently been the Buckeye’s offensive coordinator, a position he held before at Boston College and Temple. He also brings a couple years of NFL coaching experience, serving as a quarterbacks coach for San Francisco and Philadelphia, where he worked under Chip Kelly. Day began his coaching career working for Meyer as a graduate assistant on his staff at the University of Florida. Day was the active head coach in two Buckeye wins last season and in the team’s Rose Bowl victory on January 2nd, making him a perfect 5-0 as a head coaching coming into this game. Under his leadership the prior two seasons, the Ohio State offense leads the entire nation with 90 touchdown passes over that span. The Buckeyes have won the Big Ten title both of those seasons. Justin Fields is completing 76 percent of his throws (Photo: Jamie Sabau, Getty) It was big news when Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State from Georgia in January. Thus far that hype has proven […]

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