Ohio State-Indiana Preview Capsule

The Associated Press Published:

No. 8 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) at Indiana (2-3, 0-2), 8 p.m. (Big Ten Network)

Line: Ohio State by 17.

Series Record: Ohio State leads 67-12-5.

WHAT'S AT STAKE:

Big Ten pride. At No. 8 Ohio State, which is ineligible for postseason play or the Big Ten title, is the league's highest ranked team and only of two Big Ten schools in the Top 25. Losing at Indiana would send yet another signal about how much is still amiss in one of the top six football conferences. The Hoosiers have lost 10 straight conference games, dating to an overtime win at Purdue in the 2010 season finale.

KEY MATCHUP:

Ohio State QB Braxton Miller vs. Indiana's front seven. Miller is quickly emerging as a Heisman Trophy candidate because of his ability to beat foes with his arm or his legs. The Hoosiers made plenty of defensive changes this year in hopes of making significant improvement. But after allowing 37.3 points per game last season and starting this season giving up 23 combined points in the first two games, Indiana's last three opponents have scored 38.7 points per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ohio State: Miller. After leading the Buckeyes to 63 points and running for 186 yards, a school record for a quarterback, against Nebraska, Miller said this about the Buckeyes offense: "I think it can be better." If Miller can do that well against a Nebraska defense that was ranked in the middle of the Big Ten pack in points allowed last week, just imagine what's possible against the Hoosiers.

Indiana: QBs Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld. Since starting quarterback Tre Roberson broke his leg in Week 2, Coffman and Sudfeld have taken turns being impressive. Coffman was hot in the first half in Week 3 against Ball State and after leaving with an injury, Sudfeld rallied the Hoosiers to take a late lead. Sudfeld rallied the Hoosiers again after a dismal first half at Northwestern, but Coffman had a strong game last week against Michigan State.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ohio State has won 17 straight in the series, dating to a 27-27 tie in 1990. Indiana did win back-to-back games in 1987 and 1988, but the Hoosiers last win before '87 came in 1951. ... Miller is ranked 23rd nationally in total offensive yards per game (303.8) and 11th nationally in rushing (127.2). ... Indiana is averaging 32.8 points per game and has the Big Ten's No. 1 passing offense (305.2). ... Ohio State is second in the nation in interceptions (10). ... In eight career starts, Hoosiers RB Stephen Houston has rushed for 711 yards and averages 5.5 yards per carry.

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