Wednesday Practice Updates: Indiana

By Kyle Rowland on October 10, 2012 at 8:00p

Letdowns are much easier to guard against when a team follows up a big win against a formidable opponent. It’s even less likely when Ohio State is the winner from the previous week and they return for a home night game versus Nebraska the next week. 

Urban Meyer leads the 6-0 Buckeyes into Bloomington. 

That was how the past two weeks transpired for the Buckeyes. Two ranked opponents in consecutive weeks. They took care of Michigan State on the road in the first test, then passed with flying colors against Nebraska the following week.

But now comes a tough midterm. No, not hapless Indiana. But the possibility of a letdown. The Hoosiers bring a decent offense into the game, but even at its worst offensively, Ohio State’s chances of losing are minimal. Even in a win, though, a less than stellar performance can be a disservice to a team.

The night-game atmosphere the Buckeyes will encounter this weekend will be far different than the 106,102 screaming fans that greeted them at Ohio Stadium. IU’s Memorial Stadium holds just over 50,000, and Ohio State will likely have 15-20,000 fans in attendance, making noise and intimidation a non-factor.

Still, Urban Meyer is concerned about his team’s mental state entering the game. A fan of day games, Meyer said on Wednesday that he is happy Saturday’s game will take place at night, which is more likely to give the Buckeyes an added boost.

Making the events surrounding the game more difficult is Ohio State’s travel schedule. Due to Bloomington’s remote location, Ohio State will be forced to stay 45-50 miles away in Indianapolis. Meyer called it a “tough situation.”

  • The Buckeyes are busing to Indiana and flying home.
  • Jordan Hall still isn’t at full speed and is doubtful.
  • Meyer said Rod Smith has earned his playing time by performing well in games and practice. But Meyer cautioned that Smith is one bad play away from going back to his previous spot.
  • Half of Indiana’s offensive plays are screens. Christian Bryant said IU likes to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands quickly. That type of offense has been a weakness all year for the Buckeyes.
  • Meyer said he knew of Ed Warinner before he hired him. The things that drew him to Warinner were his history with the option at West Point and his success as offensive coordinator at Kansas. Meyer also said he wanted two offensive coordinators (along with Tom Herman) in the meeting room.
  • The offensive line coach needs to be the toughest coach on the team, and Meyer says Warinner exhibits that quality.
  • Joshua Perry and the rest of the freshmen linebackers are coming along nicely, according to Meyer. Perry will be on the field in the base defense against IU.
  • Storm Klein said Perry has a very bright future. He called him a strong, good player.
  • The defensive line continues to improve. Meyer said the attrition at the beginning of the season – Adam Bellamy left the team, Michael Bennett was injured, etc. – hurt the cohesion of the unit. John Simon and Nathan Williams’ play has helped.
  • Carlos Hyde said he is prepared to carry the ball a lot on Saturday. The coaches said he could carry the ball upwards of 25 times.
  • Hyde said a letdown is far from he or anyone else’s mind, especially after Indiana’s game with Michigan State last week.
  • In January, Rod Smith said he didn’t know if he’d be able to turn around his career at Ohio State. But he said he never considered transferring.
  • The coaches were very strict with him, Smith said, and it took him a while to buy into their system.
  • Smith said he never considered staying in his home state of Indiana.
  • Injuries are part of football, Klein said. The next guy up has to be ready to produce when his number is good. The young linebackers have no choice but to pick up the slack.
  • Klein said it’s fun playing behind the Ohio State defensive line and that they make playing linebacker fun. He said the line “eats people up.”
  • Klein said his seven-tackle (one sack) performance on Saturday was very rewarding with everything that’s gone on. He said his teammates have stuck with him throughout the process.
  • The sack “felt great,” Klein said.
  • Bryant said Meyer does a great job at revving the team up each week, which should limit the possibility of a letdown.
  • CJ Barnett is at 90 percent, according to Bryant, and should play Saturday. Bryant said he’s excited to have him back on the field.
  • Orhian Johnson said he’s much more confident as a player this season because of the atmosphere around the program.

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German Buckeye's picture

Little doubt we'll hang 40+ this weekend.  More interested to see if the D can keep Indy under 20. 

otrain2416's picture

Hope Perry steps it up this weekend. Not easy getting thrown in there as a true freshman

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

ralEbuckI's picture

As much as I'm hoping Smith gets 5-7 carries to show his stuff as a RB, I'm even more excited to hopefully see him on KR duty again too.  You don't usually see guys that big back there returning kicks, but something tells me he's going to a break a big one if given a couple chances.

buckeyechad's picture

Wonder if the coaches would consider putting Grant in for Sabino with klien at mlb. Maybe he'd do better on the outside with less pressure and thinking involved.

1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I thought I'd heard some that Grant was playing or practicing at OLB... Less responsibility and maybe would be easier for him. And really excited to see Mr. Smith get some more carries and build his confidence. He does run (and return kicks) with aggression, and I'm hoping we have enough of a lead to get him 10 carries Saturday if possible. No better way to get him confident than positive yards holding onto the ball. 

SLVRBLLTS's picture

Gained significant weight since last year, and he's running like he never lost his step. His only problem is he can't hang on to the ball! 

"Because we couldn't go for three"

WezBuck28's picture

I want to see Jamal Marcus get some PT...kid is a stud

Royball's picture

Urban said within the last few weeks, can't remember exactly when, that Jamal 'wasn't where he needed to be'.  Maybe that's why Williams and Perry passed him on the depth chart?  I'm curious to see where Connor Crowell fits into the depth chart, you don't get to wear #36 here if you can't play, and he earned a lot of PT in the spring.  With our awesome class of 2012, he's a guy not a lot of people seem to talk about.

4-6 seconds of relentless effort

beserkr29's picture

Pretty sure that Marcus just hasn't quite gotten the scheme down yet.  He's got the effort and tenaciousness Urban prizes, but mentally isn't as far along as Perry and others.  Although, being on the Piranhas has to bode well for his chances.

ScarletGrayFire's picture

^^ I wholeheartedly agree with this assertion ^^

d5k's picture

We will probably be in nickel almost every snap so it is sort of a moot point

SLVRBLLTS's picture

I disagree. OLB's are the most important defenders in the spread. They have to get to the sidelines quickly to cover the flat and clean house on the inside routes and crossing patterns. 

"Because we couldn't go for three"

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Hope no Buckeye gets hurt bad enough to make them miss the rest of the game and more, especially Braxton. I have a feeling there will be a small letdown of sorts for OSU after the billy clubbing they gave Pelini. 34-21, Buckeyes.

grant87's picture

45-52 points for tOSU  13-16 for IU..  I see tOSU running over them.  We may run 50 times..300 yards.  Nortwestern put up 700 yards on these guys.  I think tOSU is good for 500 on cruise control.  IU hasn't seen a DL or CB group nearly as good.  I hope to see KG in 2nd half.  I hope Rod Smith get 15 carries as well.

Maybe tomorrow, when today will be yesterday things will be clearer.


BeijingBucks's picture

I am happy to see KG in 2nd half... as long as we see B Rax in the 1st quarter!

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Boxley's picture

Especially if the effective B-rax shows up in the first quarter.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

SLVRBLLTS's picture

I went to IU for a buckeye game a few years back, and we had well over 20k in attendance. We were the majority and it wasn't even close. Did the O-H-I-O cheer and everything. Might as well be a home game minus 50,000 people.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

buckeyedude's picture

I also went to a game at IU back in the 1990s. It was the same, even back then with more OSU fans in the stadium than IU fans. And the OSU fans were definitely more vocal.



Mix's picture

I was at the night game at Purdue a few years back and it was a pretty similar turnout.


onetwentyeight's picture

Obviously we should and will (knock on wood) win by a comfortable margin. H/o, IU's offense is the exact "style" of offense we um struggle to contain - lots of short passes, spread out everybody, make the D TACKLE IN SPACE UGHH, etc. And before anyone gets too cocky it's worth noting they were up 27-14 at the half on Sparty last week. They threw 48 times on MSU and we gotta be ready for that type of game. 
More to the point, this is why I'm kind of beginning to dread playing newly-resurrected PSU's offense with Moxie McGloin turning into a homeless man's college version of half a Tom Brady impersonation. Don't look now but BOB also unearthed two small scrappy (white) WR/RB hybrid types ala Welker, Edelman, Woodhead etc in Zwinick and Zordich. BeliCHEAT himself would be proud... 

buckshot's picture

I agree that PSU is probably the toughest game on the schedule left and that BOB has done a pretty good job turning that team around in a short time. I actually think with our LB situation and our defenses inabliity to contain the screen play that this game will be much closer than it needs to be. I see a lot of points being scored to the tune of OSU 63 - IU 42.  

BeijingBucks's picture

personally I don't feel the fear of PSU with our O Line... that is one game you just wear down their line running into their teeth imho.  they don't have the depth to hang long once the initial surge of adrenaline fades

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

buckeyedude's picture

I'm really surprised this game is in the evening. This makes it less likely to have a "let-down" IMHO.



Alhan's picture

Was this really downvote worthy?
+1 to offset.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

chitown buckeye's picture

Trying to figure out why you alwasy get one downvote on every post you make? Can the bosses look at who is abusing the downvoting? The two comments onthis thread certainly dont constitute a downvote. I have noticed you being downvoted for similar posts on other threads as well.

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Jdadams01's picture

I really want to see that backup LBs playing the whole fourth quarter. Same for the secondary. We need to get more game experience for these younger players since we are thin enough that a freshman has to start.

Boxley's picture

"Meyer said Rod Smith has earned his playing time by performing well in games and practice. But Meyer cautioned that Smith is one bad play away from going back to his previous spot."
If that quote doesn't mean, "One fumble away" from going back to his previous spot, I don't know what else it could mean.
Meyer is a master motivator. Smith gets the nod for possibly getting significant playing time, in his home state, but is told that. Wow.
Think he won't be putting in a lot of extra individual hours this week?

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

buckeye76BHop's picture

"Meyer said Rod Smith has earned his playing time by performing well in games and practice. But Meyer cautioned that Smith is one bad play away from going back to his previous spot."

To all, including 11W authors who said fumbles weren't his problem last year, I think this quote sums it up from a coaching stand point.  RB fumbles once in a while, like Hyde's in the 3rd quarter against Neb is one thing.  Having the fumble-itis that Smith had last year is a trend.  Don't expect Meyer and Drayton to keep Smith in if he fumbles...especially in the red zone like last year.  Coaches don't like that...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

I hope this is a game where Brax can polish up his passing and work on making tighter throws and his 5 receiver progression. Brax is gonna be a beast when he passing becomes stellar!!