Series History: Umm, not good. The Buckeyes lead the series 67-12-5.
Last IU win: A 41-7 triumph in 1988. Anthony Thompson scored 4 touchdowns in the first half as the Hoosiers jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first half.
Desperately Seeking Good News
I’m not sure there could be a worse time to play a game against THE Ohio State University. It has been an absolutely brutal stretch for Kevin Wilson’s team. Beyond the embarrassing losses. Beyond the recruiting decommit and players leaving, or being kicked off. There is a sense, in my mind at least, that this turnaround looks to be as far away as ever.
And that’s the danger. It’s not that I don’t think Kevin Wilson can be the coach to bring IU back to the glory days of mediocrity. However, there has been precious little proof to this point that he will be the coach when IU finally turns it around.
The losing culture that has hung around the Hoosier’s necks for as long as I can remember is built on a feeling of inevitability about the losing. That’s what makes a game against THE Ohio State University so problematic. More so than any B1G Ten opponent, there’s a feeling of inevitability about IU losing to the Buckeyes. Despite the HUGE losses to Wisconsin, Hoosier fans can remember October 12, 2002.(Why it’s only 4 coaches ago, it’s practically yesterday.) And although the Hoosiers have never defeated Penn State. We can at least remember a large number of close calls. With THE Ohio State, the games are rarely close- I had to go back to 2001 to find a game within 2 touchdowns- and more than the score, it just is so readily apparent that the Hoosiers and the Buckeyes are simply playing on a different level. And the inevitability of the loss is something the Hoosiers need to avoid.
So how about something cheery
Despite the fact that Northwestern ran over, around, and past the IU defense, there was at least a bright spot offensively. Tre Roberson, even with a defense formulating a game plan against him, was equal parts exciting and efficient. Roberson combined with junior running back Stephen Houston to gain 272 yards rushing to go along with 171 yards passing. Despite missing the soon to be dismissed Demarlo Belcher, IU showed that it can score enough points to compete.
Stat to ponder while you see if you too can spell a 4 letter word’
I mean other than loss. We’re IU fans, unfortunately we know that one all too well.
21.2 That’s the average margin of defeat for the Hoosiers to the Buckeyes over the last 10 years. That’s assuming you count 2007 and 2008 as 0. What, tOSU beat IU by exactly 0 points in 2007 and 2008. Look it up.
Prediction: You don’t wanna know
As dire as this column has been, I actually think tOSU will provide more of a chance at a close game, but less of a chance at IU actually winning than the last two opponents. A team loaded with athletes won’t let IU score 38 points, but it seems like this might be the chance to end the streak of giving up 40 points to the opponent. THE Ohio State University 31 THE Indiana University 13.