Ohio State opened as a 19-point favorite for next weekend's game at Indiana, per Circa Sports.
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The Buckeyes defeated Indiana by only seven points at home last year, when Ohio State took a 35-7 lead over the Hoosiers early in the third quarter but allowed Indiana to score 28 second-half points to make it a one-score game before the Buckeyes ultimately held on to win 42-35.
However, Indiana enters this year's game against Ohio State with far less momentum than it had in 2020. While the Hoosiers were a top-10-ranked team going into last year's matchup with the Buckeyes, this year's Hoosiers are just 2-4, with their only wins so far coming against Idaho and Western Kentucky. The Hoosiers have started 0-3 in Big Ten play, suffering a 20-15 loss to Michigan State in their most recent game on Saturday.
Before last year, Ohio State – which is 3-2-1 against the spread this season – had beaten Indiana by at least 21 points in each of its previous four games against the Hoosiers. The Buckeyes have won 26 straight games against Indiana dating back to 1991.