Five Things to Know About Indiana, Ohio State's Third Opponent of the 2019 Season

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SkoBux's picture

Not sold his last name is Penix. The 'x' is way too close to the 's' on the keyboard for me to take that at face value. An L&D nurse can fat-finger a mistake just as easily as any of us.

At any rate.... 45-17 good guys after 2 garbage time TDs.

At last, Kerry had cracked open his first Red Bull with an impatient delight. And the rest, as they say, was history.

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BTBuckeye's picture

Just don't say it too fast...Mike Penix.

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smibr37's picture

Or with a Mike Tyson lisp.

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Chic'sGhost's picture

Happ penix

Barney Fife lives, and he lives amongst us.

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iowabuckeyes's picture

I heard his favorite receiver is MIA.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

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SoulPatrol32's picture

Is the E a short or long sounded E though?

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Until read this article, I would've only pronounced the QB's name "PEN-ix". Not so much anymore. Also a Hollywood writer couldn't have come up with better names for O-linemen than Cronk, Littlejohn, and Stepaniak.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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MeatBichigan's picture

Ha! I was thinking the exact same thing about the O-line names! But if this is a football movie, that makes Indiana the scrappy underdogs. Oh crap...

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Moutarde's picture

I knew of a guy named Michael Emen.  His middle initial was "S".

A thing repeated will happen a third time.

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BrutusB's picture

Indiana hasn’t won eight games in a season since 1993, and the Hoosiers have only had one winning season (7-6 in 2007) since.

Indiana deserves WAY more hate than they get.  They've just been sucking at the conference money teat for decades while contributing absolutely nothing.  They've won three bowl games in their entire history.  Three! (And the last W came when HW Bush was president). The B1G gives them $50m+ every year.  That's just inexcusable.

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TNT's picture

We don't keep them around for their football prowess. Much like TTUN, their strength lies in other sports.

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BrutusB's picture

Their basketball team has made it past the Sweet 16 a total on one time in the past 25 years.  For a "basketball school", they're not contributing anything on that side either.

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Clarky's picture

Their school is also one of the biggest historical contributors in terms of making a name for the Big Ten when it comes to basketball, despite recent history. 

No need to be disrespectful about it.

"If Chase Young is truly bigger than I think he is and taller than I think he is, he would probably have to be the literal Predator because I've seen him with my own two eyes and I personally think he's pretty damn Sasquatchian." - Kevin Harrish

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BrutusB's picture

"They were good in the 70s and 80s" doesn't justify mooching hundreds of millions of dollars off the conference in the current century.

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buckeyeinWI's picture

oh my...

GO BUCKEYES!

16-2 is SWEET!

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Monclovabuckeye's picture

Actually IU made the Sweet 16 in 2002, 2012, 2013 and 2016. They also have 5 NCAA Championships won in 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981 and 1987. They also have won 22 Big Ten Championships and have the all-time best winning percentage in conference games.

I don't give a damn for the whole state of Xichigan.

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PhillyNut's picture

While their football has sucked their basketball has been a different story. 1/3 of the conference is good just at football, 1/6 just at basketball, 1/6 at neither (looking at you Rutgers and Nebraska), 1/3 at both.

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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BBQ_Fan's picture

That's a little harsh dude (said the Indiana grad)

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droessl's picture

They don't currently have a QB named Zander who might run for damn near 100, so I'm not worried at all. 

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Buckfrombirth's picture

I'm not particularly worried either, but have to say that kid was fun to watch, even though he was a thorn in the Bucks' side most of the time.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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MichiBuck12's picture

Indiana has not beaten us, michigan, or Penn State, but they do always seem to put up a pretty good fight. I could see this as a trap game. Although I'm not as concerned about it as I was about Cincinnati so what do I know

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BucksHave7's picture

Trap game?  LOL.  What. 

You Lost your cred with me on your Cincy prediction.  Sorry. 

BucksHave7

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Bukirob's picture

You clearly dont know what a trap game is... that is unless you think that Miami, Ohio is a big game  LOL

You WIN with people.

 

 

WW Hayes

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BucksHave7's picture

I was going to ask him is Rutgers our only NON Trap game this year?

BucksHave7

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BuckInNashville's picture

One thing that feels very different this year than last as we open conference play, is that last year we were already very concerned about the defense’s ability to stop anyone wearing shoulder pads and a helmet. 

Assuming Cinci is still a quality opponent based on  last year returning starters, and week one win over UCLA)      I mean, do you fear Cinci or IU more ? 

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Starburst Buckeye's picture

Indiana always seems to play us close especially in Bloomington. However this team is different then the 2012 and 2015 teams. I think OSU wins in Indiana 45 to 10

It always seems impossible until it's done.
~Nelson Mandela~

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GrayDay's picture

Agree, although the Bucks looked very dialed in for Cincy.  It was clear the staff and players knew Luke's team was a legit threat and brought their A game.  Very little to criticize on film day this week.  Might their play against Indiana be a little less focused and sloppy?  Doesn't mean we lose, just that its hard to bring that edge every week.

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Steelydan54's picture

IU is a good B1G warmup game. They might play well enough to make us work; they might not. Either way, take the bet; we cover for sure. We will get our 42+ and they will score but won't reach 20. We get to hone our skills and prep for Lincoln. 

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AnaheimBuck's picture

Completely agree.  Phil Steele ranks Indiana's RB position group as 45th best in Division 1, and their WR position group as 50 th best, and all other offensive & defensive groups as less than 60th.

Note that Steele had ranked Cinci  far, far better than Indiana.  We win by 28 minimum, and probably closer to 42.

AnaheimBuck

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stlbuckeye15's picture

I get the feeling that Day and the staff are making it a priority to not overlook ANY opponent. They don’t just want to win, they want to dominate every phase of the game. If we keep building off of the first 2 weeks we should have no problem handling Indiana and covering the spread. Our secondary will likely get tested more but I think they are up for it.

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bd2999's picture

I have not gotten to watch anything but highlights this year. They seem ok. The QB is young and has meh numbers 63% completion is alright but 3-2 TD-INT ratio is not great. Particularly against lower tier opponents. With the pressure OSU can probably get on him, or should at least, I would almost expect him to have two in this game.

Sometimes IU plays OSU, PSU and UM close. But more often they will make it more grueling for the first half where OSU will only lead by say 14 before they really pull away in the second half.

Or OSU will just blow the doors off early. I prefer that and then keep them down and score a few more in the second half. Shut em out if you can. Why not?

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

This is a big game for Fields to go into a road environment and to play well. It is another step in his journey towards all of the goals for this season. I think Ohio State easily covers this spread. In fact, I believe the spread will grow throughout the week.

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ToTheHouse's picture

Your usual comprehensive write up Dan...like.

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JJBleedsScarletandGray's picture

If I played Left Tackle for IU, I would fake an injury this week. Chase Young is just that scary!!!

Fear the chunky Monkey

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ronaprhys's picture

One thing that jumped out at me - if they're the 2nd most experienced team, are they that way simply because they don't have enough starters that are good enough to get drafted?  

Another thing is that they don't appear to have a rushing attack.  Against Ball State, Penis had the most rushing yards.  That did change against Eastern Illinois, but their best rusher only had 61 yards.  

Shut down their passing game and force them to try to run it.  Keep enough pressure on the QB to force him to make mistakes against coverage.  Our linebackers, with their improved play, should be able to limit any rushers that get past the d-line blowing them up all day.  

'97 - Molecular Genetics

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Max's picture

Partly no one drafted... Partly no better recruits...

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OSUtopia's picture

Indiana almost always plays OSU tough. And they are at home with a veteran team. This is a huge game for their program.

OSU will win but it will be much tougher than the predictions I'm reading here.

OSUtopia

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TJ1's picture

If you recall 2 years ago when we opened the season on road against IU, they made that game a huge deal to boost their program. It was a Thursday night game to open the season and they let their students out of classes for the day. It worked for a half and then the Bucks ran it up on them. What really got me was they said that it was their biggest game in IU FB history yet still, they didn't sell out their own stadium. So any thought about big games for their program just makes me wonder if they are not going to sell out again. And get a day off school.

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ToTheHouse's picture

As our new HC & sum new staff progress/mesh, and new qb learn together...it seems these first 3 games are similarly the same in difficulty to match that progression.

Like. The. Transition.

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KENTACOHUT's picture

I think our d line makes a bed in the IU backfield. 

"Vitalum Vitalis "

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

They will be better than our first 2 opponents. They aren't good though. 2 - 0 and they played 2 cupcakes. Lots of teams look good against cupcakes. Reality check and wake up call Saturday at noon. I say we make a small statement. 54 - 10.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I'm not sure they're better than either FAU or Cincy. 

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Takemysnare79's picture

Do we really want to score 54, though?  They would probably just move us back another spot in the POLLS.

JI row end 78

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TkeBuck's picture

 nice read. and nice posts. experienced team might put up some points against the bucks, but the good guys will score and keep pouring it on. 45-21

klusewski

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Unconvincing victory over Ball State and trounced a really, really bad Eastern Illinois team. This is not your slightly older brother's Indiana. Buckeyes 52-7.

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Poisonous Nuts's picture

Going to Bloomington to watch the game for the first time this Saturday. Lived in Indy for 6 years+ and never made the trip, decided this was the year.  As usual my prognostication for Buckeye games is terrible... I skipped the B10 championship game in Indy in 2014  because I thought there was no way we’d beat Wisconsin with our 3rd string QB (still sick over that one) and I thought Cincy was going to be a close one last weekend.  That said I’ve seen enough IU/OSU games over the last several years in person at the shoe to know that these games are hardly a rout most years. Remember when we let the 180 lb son of a soap opera star named Xander Diamant run for about 500 yards on us? Or when we needed Jalin Marshall to go apeshit and have like 4 TDs including punt returns?  Cause Pepperidge Farm and I do! ::shudders::

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Clarky's picture

45-14

"If Chase Young is truly bigger than I think he is and taller than I think he is, he would probably have to be the literal Predator because I've seen him with my own two eyes and I personally think he's pretty damn Sasquatchian." - Kevin Harrish

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