(2)Ohio State @ Indiana
(Favorite: Ohio State - 20 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick: Ohio State - Six days prior to game day, I am having trouble getting a feel for this game. Indiana defense may actually be one of the better units in the league, and they are especially strong at DB. Ohio State, under Urban is 5-0 against Indiana, but 0-5 against the spread. I could this being tight at halftime with Ohio State's depth wearing Indiana down come the 4th quarter. It will be interesting with Kevin Wilson knowing Tom Allen's defense and Tom Allen knowing Kevin Wilson's offense. If Lagow can find time to throw, a big "if", Indiana will have some success through the air, as the Hooisiers WRs are the strength of their offense and OSU's DBs might have some growing pains early on this season. Withholding a score prediction right now, thinking the 20.5 spread is about right.
Cory: This game will feel odd in a couple of ways. First, it's going to be weird watching Ohio State open its season on a Thursday night. Second, it's going to feel very weird to open the season with a conference game. Indiana is a team in transition with new coach Tom Allen, who took over for the fired Kevin Wilson. Allen did tremendous work with the Hoosiers defense last year, and one guy to watch out for on that side of the ball is linebacker Tegray Scales. Scales, a pre-season All-American, had 92 tackles last year, 24 of which were for a loss. That said the Hoosiers face a tall task coming to Columbus. Quarterback Richard Lagow is inconsistent at best, and the Hoosiers must replace two of their top playmakers from last season in wide receive Mitchell Paige, and running back Devine Redding. It will be interesting to see the Buckeye offense under Wilson's tutelage, and I expect to see some big things from quarterback J.T. Barrett in this game. One Buckeye to keep an eye on is running back J.K. Dobbins. Incumbent starter Mike Weber has been hurt most of camp, and Dobbins has been highly praised by head coach Urban Meyer. I expect to see the Buckeyes take control early and never let go. Ohio State 35, Indiana 10
Dave: Ohio State 42 - Indiana 17
Gregg: The Hoosiers have given the Buckeyes fits in the past few years but I will be shocked if anyone from the Buckeye50 staff will pick Indiana to put up a fight in this game. OSU has not lost in Bloomington since 1988 and has incredible advantage of 26-2-1 while playing Indiana on the road. Much is being made about Ohio State's new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. I am sure his approach to a game plan will ensure that JT Barrett leaves here with every passing record. But let's keep in mind Indiana's new coach, Tom Allen used to be the Hoosier D-coordinator, and he has certainly seen his share of Wilson's offense. But the bottom line is OSU has the athlete's that Indiana only dreams of getting. The Bucks will roll and roll big. Barrett should have a big day, and Weber may see limited action due to his hamstring injury. Ohio State 59 Indiana 6
Jason: Here we go. A Big Ten opener at night on a Thursday? What world are we living in? It’s a brand new day kids and you either embrace the change or die. Ohio State takes what fans hope will be a new look offense led by former IU head coach Kevin Wilson into Bloomington. The Buckeyes have struggled recently against the Hoosiers, however, Indiana has won exactly two, yes two games in the series since 1951. The story at the outset may be the J.T. Barrett and the Buckeye offense, but don’t overlook for an extremely talented and deep Ohio State defensive front which will take pressure off the young secondary and put it squarely on the front of the Hoosier offense.
Defensively Indiana returns a slew of starters but will still struggle against the speed of the Buckeye specialists and sheer girth of the offensive line. I expect the Hoosiers to come out competitive for a series or two with an initial surge led by adrenaline of playing an opener at night on a national stage. Eventually the overwhelming talent difference will make a difference and Ohio State will pull away late in the first half leaning on J.T. Barrett and returning 1,000 yard back Mike Weber. The Buckeyes will keep the pressure on for much of the 3rd quarter before calling off the dogs and coasting to a relatively easy win. Ohio State 45 Indiana 17
Joe-S-U: OSU over Indiana - Bucks could probably turn Weber and Dobbins loose and still win this game, but everybody wants to see if Wilson and Day can resurrect the 2014 J.T. Barrett. Ordinarily, having to replace three DB's would cause some concern, but since the breakdowns at the end of the '13 season, the secondary has been very good to outstanding and the old cliché of "Next man up" has held true. Folks, this could be one of the finest defenses that this school has ever seen, but with all the concern of resuscitating the offense, they're flying under the radar a bit. Fine.....Meyer has never covered the spread against the Hoosiers since he took over, and they may not here, but put a crooked number on the left side and bring on Boomer Schooner
John: I find this game to be very intriguing. While opening the season on the road seems to have become commonplace (third time in last four years) this is the first time OSU has opened with a conference opponent on the road since 1975. Add the Kevin Wilson factor, and it’s hard to envision either team doing much that will be surprising to the other. IU has played OSU tough in recent years, especially in Bloomington, and this game is being hyped as the biggest home game in IU history. Look for the Hoosiers to keep this one close for maybe a half, but Ohio State just has too much talent and pulls away in the second half. Ohio State 31, Indiana 14
Josh: Ohio State is going to go into this game with months of redemption on their mind. Just imagine the opener against Virginal Tech in 2015. We are going to do everything we can to roll into Bloomington and embarrass them to get that scoreless monkey off their backs. Indiana isn't just going to let it happen though, they will put up a fight with their veteran defense, but with a new head coach and offensive scheme breaking in, the silver bullets are not the team you want to test against in the first game. Big Ten game in August? Thanks 9 game conference schedule! I expect the offense to roll under Wilson who will have some pent up aggression to let out as well, and Barrett will show us his improvements as a quarterback this off-season. I expect 300 passing, 200 rushing and the defensive line getting at least 4 sacks.
Ohio State 55 - Indiana 10
Dr. Mark: OSU 44 - 17 - I think the new O coordinator will open it up on his old team and to let the country know a new guy is in charge.
PJSBuck: What a difference a year and a few new coaches can make! I think people are going to be shocked by our offense - in a good way. There were many nuances in the offense in the Spring Game that HOPEFULLY, will translate into the regular season. This includes; rub routes, receivers never stopping on a route, offensive linemen SPRINTING to the line of scrimmage out of a huddle, quick snaps, JT not thinking as much, long passing completions, backs running harder and what seemed like a fresh new attitude. On defense we will just have to see how quickly our secondary learns on the job. I expect a slightly buttoned up offense (saving things for Oklahoma) but still will have offensive fireworks. My prediction is Ohio State 48 Indiana 13. Buckle up!
Pia Pete: Opening the season on the road against a conference opponent on a Thursday? Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!! OSU 44 – IU 34
Coach Rick: As always, there are a lot questions without answers going into the first game of the new season. I personally think that this is going to be a great game and see both teams working hard in the 1st half for a 14-10 score. And then the 2nd half is where OSU will wear down Indiana because of size and depth. I have OSU winning 35 - 17.
Steven: Gregg says he sees at least 60 points in this one. Is that the over/under or how much OSU will score? As is usual for the first game of the year, one goes forth with a bit of trepidation. Are we nearly as good as we think we are? What is our ceiling? With a year of experience, last year's youngest team in CFB has the ability to come together and get back to the playoff. Despite losses to graduation and the draft, this team has matured. While most casual fans want to see JT go lights out and throw it all over the field, I'd much rather see us feature a power running game. Much of what we saw in the last three games where JT was decreasingly effective can be directly attributed to him finally wearing down. With possibly the deepest RB corps in the B1G, there is no need for JT to run except on scrambles and goal line situations. This could well be closer than people expect as OSU will sprint to an early lead and once the backups are in, they'll let in a couple cheap ones. OSU 45-21. JT throws for 3 TDs and runs for another.
Trout: There are a few factors to why I think the Buckeyes will win this game fairly easy. Firstly, I think the hiring of Kevin Wilson will help improve the offensive production. He's a step up from the from the tandem of Chris Ash and Ed Warner. Also, I believe after the embarrassing loss to Clemson last year, the Buckeyes will be eager to prove themselves as a national championship contender. I think the Hoosiers will give the Buckeyes a little trouble at the beginning, but once the OSU offense gets into a flow, they will be hard to stop. The Buckeyes start the season off with a decisive victory. (Ohio State, 49-14)
Vaughn: Much has been anticipated since the arrival of Kevin Wilson and the effect he will have on OSU’s offense. He was able to work offensive wonders at IU with somewhat less talent than he has at his disposal now. His arrival will also validate or invalidate the reasons for the deficiencies in OSU’s offense the last two years. I will predict that Kevin Wilson’s arrival will validate how talented a team OSU has this year. OSU wins going away 42-7.
Final Score: Ohio State 49 Indiana 21