Indiana Open Thread

By Jason Priestas on October 3, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Il buono, il Saino, il cattivo.
Kickoff: 8:00PM ET
Previews: 11W, OHD, BC
Favorite: OSU (-18)
Television: Big Ten Network
Radio: OSU Football Affiliates
Weather: Overcast, but dry

A Saturday night date with the Hoosiers. If all goes according to plan, the Buckeyes will continue to build momentum and iron out kinks on their way towards becoming a scary dangerous team.

I'll be looking for a couple of things. First is the obvious storyline of Saine getting the captain nod and earning his first career start after a couple of weeks of hard running and a slight tweak of Herron's ankle. This is the fifth game of the season and the team still doesn't have a running back that can claim a 100 yard outing. Blasphemy.

The offensive line, while appearing to gel at times the past two weeks should get a pretty good edge test from Middleton and Kirlew tonight. As in this is likely the best pair of defensive ends they've seen. Is this the game Mike Adams makes a name for himself -- in the film room at least?

If it's not Adams, it will be interesting to see if another youngster uses this game to announce his presence. As a redshirt freshman in 2003, Santonio Holmes showed up in Bloomington for game eight of the season with two catches for 37 yards. He went off to the tune of six catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns. The following season, a green Teddy Ginn did this to the IU.

Finally, I really want to see Anderson Russell step up and have a great game. I'm hoping he just needs to get his head right and he'll bounce back tonight filling in for Coleman. If this team wants to have a big season, they will likely need Russell's services down the road.

What are you guys looking for?