Terrelle Pryor – The Buckeyes got a look last week of life without Terrelle Pryor and it was ugly. Ohio State survived against Illinois after Pryor went out due to injury. Pryor says he expects to play in this contest on Saturday. If he plays then the Buckeyes could cover the big number. If he is not at full strength then Ohio State is in trouble.
High Scoring Game – This should be a high scoring game. Indiana can score but has no defense. That should mean a lot of points in this ESPN game. The Hoosiers gave up 42 points last week against Michigan and lost 42-35. Michigan averaged 12.8 yards per play. Ohio State with Pryor should have a field day against the rotten Indiana defense. Indiana should score as quarterback Chappell is a very accurate passer. He threw for 480 yards last week. The trends point to a high scoring game. Eight of the last 12 Indiana games when they were dogs went over. Six of their last eight road games have gone over.
History is Against Indiana – The Hoosiers have lost 15 straight to Ohio State and they haven’t won in Columbus in nearly a quarter of a century. They aren’t winning on Saturday either. Ohio State is favored by 22.5 points and the question for gamblers to answer is whether or not the Buckeyes can cover the big point spread. The Hoosiers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite. The Buckeyes are 28-11 ATS in their last 39 conference games. Ohio State is 5-0 against the college football odds in the last 5 meetings against Indiana.
Bettors are likely to take the Buckeyes and lay the points against the college football betting lines. That means the game comes down to the fourth quarter and you hope not to give up a late backdoor TD.