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the-Ozone Staff Picks - OSU vs. Indiana
By the-Ozone Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana's best defense in this game is the wind at Illinois, which means they have no good defense for the Buckeyes on Saturday. Ohio State, meanwhile, will return an injured linebacker or two, which will help their defensive effort over the middle of the field. It's going to be a long day for the Hoosiers. Ohio State 66, Indiana 28 — Tony Gerdeman (10-0)

Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld's brother, Zach, former New England Patriots tight end, was a huge disappointment for my fantasy team this year. I'm holding a grudge against the family. Ohio State 59, Indiana 17 — Rob Ogden (10-0)

18 seniors will play their last game at Ohio State and will want it to be one to remember. Indiana has an explosive offense and the Buckeyes have struggled to defend the pass - where the Hoosiers do most of their damage. A poor offensive performance last week - three points against Wisconsin - will likely mean IU comes out firing. They don't have the defense to stop OSU, so this one will eventually get out of hand. That means more time for Kenny Guiton. Ohio State 69 Indiana 20 — Patrick Murphy (10-0)

The Hoosiers are coming off a 51-3 beatdown in Madison at the hands of a Wisconsin team that rushed for 554 yards, but Indiana has proven to have a capable offense at times this season. They put up 28 points in East Lansing earlier this year and 47 in Ann Arbor. Unfortunately for Kevin Wilson, his defense allowed 42 and 63 points respectively in those games. It’s hard to imagine them having much more success against the Ohio State defense on Saturday, but they should be able to put a few points on the board against this defense. Ohio State 61, Indiana 27 — Brandon Castel (10-0)

The Buckeyes should score a bunch of points against the Hoosiers, a big bunch. What remains to be seen is whether the Buckeye defense can limit what is a very good Indiana offense. Wisconsin did it last week, but the matchup of Indiana's pass offense against OSU's pass defense is not exactly a great one for the Buckeyes. That is especially true since a lot of OSU's pass defense involves pressure on the quarterback, and Indiana's passing game gets the ball out quick, thus negating a pass rush. Still, the Buckeyes have too much offense ane the Hoosiers too little on defense. OSU will win a shootout. Ohio State 54, Indiana 31 — John Porentas (10-0)

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