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There is little doubt that Ohio State is the best team in the Big Ten as the Buckeyes are the only team in the Top 20 in the conference and the only club without an overall loss.
That shouldn’t change Saturday at Indiana as long as the Buckeyes don’t overlook the Hoosiers. OSU is a 17-point favorite on Vegassportsbetting.com
The Buckeyes could suffer a bit of a letdown as they enter off back-to-back wins over ranked teams. Last week, OSU throttled Nebraska 63-68. Braxton Miller broke his career rushing record with 186 yards and a rushing TD.
He also threw for 127 yards and score. Corey Brown returned a punt 76 yards for a TD, Bradley Roby brought back an interception 41 yards and Carlos Hyde rushed for career highs of 140 yards and four touchdowns. Hyde was the first Buckeyes running back with three scores since 2007.
The Buckeyes hadn’t had so much production since beating Eastern Michigan 73-20 two years ago. The combined 101 points was the most in a Big Ten game involving Ohio State since an 83-21 win over Iowa in 1950. It was the most points scored by the Buckeyes in a conference game since a 69-18 win over Minnesota in 1983.
Meanwhile, Indiana blew a game against Michigan State, falling 31-27 at home. The Hoosiers had a 27-14 lead at the half. Cameron Coffman passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns and Shane Wynn had 12 catches for 70 yards to lead IU.
Coffman completed 23-of-30 passes for 256 yards in the first half. IU has scored nine times this season on drives that took under 90 seconds, with seven of those drives covering 70-or-more yards.
Michigan State’s opponents entered last weekend averaging 12.8 points, 167.2 passing yards and 263.4 total yards per game. Indiana scored 27 points, threw for 282 yards and totaled 317 yards. The Spartans allowed 64 combined points in their first five games.
OSU’s current 16-game winning streak over Indiana is the second-longest winning streak for Ohio State in the series. Between 1960 and 1986 Ohio State won 23 consecutive games over the Hoosiers and 30 of 31 with a scoreless tie in 1959 the only non-Ohio State win. Indiana won four in a row between 1903 and 1914 and consecutive games in 1986 (31-10) and 1987 (41-7).
Vegas trends: Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Indiana. Buckeyes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings. Favorite is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings. Road team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings.