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Indiana: Way Too Early 2017 Preview

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May 3, 2017 at 4:19pm

Indiana has battled with the Buckeyes the past two seasons. The Hoosiers will host Ohio State to start the 2017 season and will have extra motivation as Kevin Wilson is now on the Scarlet and Gray's sideline. 

Tom Allen is IU's new head coach and he has a lot of work to do in order to get his team ready for the Ohio State juggernaut. The biggest bare spot on his roster is replacing Devine Redding who left after his junior season to pursue a career in the NFL. Redding led the Hoosiers in rushing in 2016, but that wasn't enough to get selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Below you will find facts and stats about the series and Indiana's returning players. Hopefully this will help bide the time until college football Saturdays return.  

Game Details

When: Thursday, August 31, 2017 
Where: Bloomington, IN, Memorial Stadium

Ohio State is 73–12–5 all-time against against Indiana and is 26–2–1 as the away team. This is the first time Ohio State has opened the season against Indiana. 

Only three times in Buckeye football history has the team started the season against a conference opponent on the road. It is also the first time Ohio State has started a season with a Thursday road game.

The Last Time...​

  • Ohio State played Indiana, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was the Hoosiers' head coach. 
  • The Buckeyes played in Bloomington was 2015, No. 2 Ohio State won 34-27.
  • Indiana defeated Ohio State was October 8, 1988 in Bloomington (41-7).
  • A ranked Buckeye team lost to the Hoosiers was 1987. Indiana gave the Buckeyes a 31-10 beat-down in Ohio Stadium. 
  • The first game of the season was played on a Thursday was September 2, 2010. No. 2 Ohio State defeated Marshall 45-7 in Jim Tressel's last season as head coach.

Season Openers, The Last Time...

  • Ohio State started the season on the road was 2015. The No. 1 Buckeyes defeated Virginia Tech 42-24 in Lane Stadium.
  • The Buckeyes lost a season opening road game was 1892. The team traveled to Westerville and lost to Otterbein 22-16. 
  • Ohio State opened the season with a Big Ten game was 1976. Woody Hayes' 4th ranked squad defeated Darryl Rogers' Michigan State squad 49-21 in Columbus.
  • The Buckeyes opened the season with a Big Ten road conference game was 1975. No. 3 Ohio State defeated No. 11 Michigan State 21-0 in East Lansing.

Indiana's 2016 Season

Record: 6–7
Bowl Game: Lost to Utah 26-24 in the Foster Farms Bowl.
Coaching Status: Tom Allen (0–0) first season.

Leading Offensive Players Returning From 2016

Passer: Richard Lagow // 3,362 yards, 19 TDs, 17 INTS
Rusher: Tyler Natee // 237 yards, 2 TDs 
Receiver: Nick Westbrook // 995 yards, 6 TDs

Leading Defensive Players Returning From 2016

Tackles: Tegray Scales (126)
Sacks: Tegray Scales (7.0)
Interceptions: Rashard Fant (3)

Notable Missing Players

RB Devine Redding led the team with 1,122 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. Following his junior season, he declared for the 2017 NFL Draft on January 6, 2017. Redding was not selected by an NFL team.

Five Things August 31st

  1. This is the second time the Buckeyes have played on August 31st.
  2. In 2013, No. 2 Ohio State defeated Buffalo 40-20 in Ohio Stadium in the program's only game played on this date.
  3. The Buckeyes are 1–0 when ranked in the Top 10 on August 31st.
  4. Ohio State has never played a ranked opponent on the 31st of August.
  5. This will be the program's first road game on this date.

2016 Statistical Comparison
Ohio State Buckeyes   Hoosiers
39.4 13th POINTS FOR 25.8 88th
245.2 11th RUSHING OFFENSE 152.2 92nd
213.9 81st PASSING OFFENSE 273.8 28th
459.2 31st TOTAL OFFENSE 426.0 56th
.467 17th 3rd DOWNS .399 69th
.871 40th RED ZONE .714 126th
15.5 3rd POINTS ALLOWED 27.2 57th
124.5 19th RUSH DEFENSE 160.4 53rd
172.2 7th PASS DEFENSE 219.7 53rd
94.4 3rd PASS EFFICIENCY DEFENSE 117.3 24th
296.8 6th TOTAL DEFENSE 380.1 45th
.322 11th 3rd DOWNS .630 108th
.725 5th RED ZONE .907 113th
5.2 105th PUNT RETURN 7.5 75th
24.4 13th KICKOFF RETURN 19.4 94th
43.1 2nd NET PUNTING 35.6 102nd
+ 1.2 3rd TURNOVER MARGIN -0.5 104th
6.3 70th PENALTIES 6.1 62nd
15 EDGE 3


Ohio State is 111–12–4 in opening games and is 7–2 when starting the season on the road. Otterbein (1893) and Oberlin (1892) are the only road losses.

The Buckeyes have won 17-straight season opening games. The last opening game loss was to Miami. The Hurricanes defeated No. 9 Ohio State 23-12 in 1999.

Ohio State has never lost a season opening game to a Big Ten opponent (12–0).

The first season opening game against a Big Ten foe was October 4, 1924. John Wilce and the Buckeyes edged James Phelan's Purdue Boilermakers 7-0 in Ohio Stadium.

Note: If there is interest, a new preview for each game of the 2017 season will be posted every Wednesday. Next week will be Oklahoma.

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