We’re less than 48 hours away from kickoff. Here are three keys for the Ohio State Buckeyes to come out of Bloomington, Indiana with a victory over the Hoosiers:
Establish A Ground Game Early On Offense
The Buckeyes should be able to sustain plenty of long and efficient drives on the offensive side of the football. To do so, however, they’ll have to set the tone on first and second down in the run game to avoid putting themselves in 3rd-and-long situations. A failure to get things going early on the ground could ignite the crowd at Memorial Stadium and give the Hoosiers more hope to hang with one of college football’s juggernauts. Expect the Buckeyes to get Mike Weber, J.K Dobbins and other playmakers the ball in the backfield early on as they look to establish themselves as the team that once again leads the Big Ten Conference in yards rushing in 2017.
Remaining Disciplined In An Electric Road Environment
We all know the Buckeyes are the more-talented team on paper against the Hoosiers and it’s not even close. With that being said, momentum can swing in the wrong direction quickly when you’re playing on the road in primetime against an in-conference opponent. Ohio State needs to make sure they avoid turnovers on the offensive side of the football and be ok with punting when necessary. The Bucks also need to stay focused and limit penalties, such as false starts, in what’s got to be one of the more hyped games home games for the Hoosiers in their history.
Not Giving Up Big-Yardage Plays To Richard Lagow & Co.
Let’s face it, Ohio State’s defense is going to be a very difficult one to sustain a long drive against. As long as they keep Hoosier quarterback Richard Lagow in check and don’t give up a bunch of chunk-yardage plays to his receivers around him, the defense should be more than fine on Thursday night.