By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing
INDIANA IS NO JOKE: This has the makings of a look-ahead game for the Buckeyes, with trips to Wisconsin and Penn State on the horizon. That would be a mistake, this Indiana team is no joke. Last year’s No. 1 ranked Buckeyes trailed the Hoosiers by 10 in the first half before needing a goal line stand to secure the win 34-27. This year’s 3-1 Indiana team is off to a strong start taking down Sparty 24-21 in overtime a week ago. They have the nation’s No. 17 passing offense, racking up 320 yards a game. Urban called their defense the best OSU has faced (which includes Oklahoma). PREDICTION: Indiana keeps this close early, but the ‘Basic’ Buckeye defense is angry and the offense just has too much skill in too many places. There will be no stopping the Big Scarlet Machine today: Ohio State 49-10.
TOM HERMAN — MEYER WOULD BEAT HARBAUGH IN FIGHT: Tom Herman’s name is rumored for every elite head coaching opportunity there is. He is not yet rumored to be a UFC promoter. That may soon change. Asked by Dan Patrick if Meyer could take on Harbaugh if he had to, Herman didn’t hesitate: “Oh man, this quote is gonna be all over the Internet. Yes, absolutely he could. That’s where all my money would be; he would be a Vegas favorite.” Geoff Hammersley with the story.
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1) Hoosiers no longer a joke, but can they make Buckeyes sweat again?, Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch – October 7
2) Ohio State’s man of mystery thrives, Nicholas Piotrowicz, Toledo Blade – October 8
3) Ohio State’s Gareon Conley prefers the background when not starring on the field, Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch – October 7
4) Script Ohio Turns 80, Robert Higgs, Plain Dealer – October 6