Game Day Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Indiana

By Kevin Harrish on November 21, 2020 at 7:59 am
Ohio State vs. Indiana

Sometimes, things are not as they seem.

I've spent about two weeks now trying to convince my brain that Ohio State's playing the No. 9 team in the country this week, and I just can't do it.

Everything about this game feels like that one time in 2016 when Nebraska rolled into the 'Shoe with a No. 10 sitting next to its name and everyone on Earth knew the Huskers were fraudulent as hell. The score in that game was 62-3, Ohio State.

Indiana's only shot in this game was to show up unranked, underrated, and under the radar and try to pull off a Purdue or an Iowa. As sweet as I'm sure it feels to be a part of that top-10 for the first time in over 30 years, you'd reconsider that joy if you knew what Ohio State does to top-10 opponents.

Here's the thing, I don't even want to say mean things about this Indiana team, because I've been riding the Hoosier bandwagon for weeks and it's been extremely fun. So I'm not going to. But at some point, you just have to meet reality. And that reality is that the Cinderella story is about to go down in flames.

But I do have good news, Indiana – basketball season starts Wednesday.

 SATURDAY SLATE. Thank God for the Big Ten, because otherwise this slate is wooooof.

Cincinnati vs. UCF could turn out to be a little lit, though.

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile
Georgia Southern at Army 12:00pm CBSSN
Illinois at Nebraska 12:00pm FS1
LSU at Arkansas 12:00pm SECN
#6 Florida at Vanderbilt 12:00pm ESPN
#9 Indiana at #3 Ohio State 12:00pm FOX
#4 Clemson at Florida State 12:00pm ABC
East Carolina at Temple 12:00pm ESPN+
Arkansas State at Texas State 12:00pm ESPNU
Appalachian State at #15 Coastal Carolina 12:00pm ESPN2
Stephen F. Austin at Memphis 12:00pm ESPN+
Rice at North Texas 2:00pm ESPN3
FIU at WKU 2:00pm ESPN3
North Alabama at #8 BYU 3:00pm BYUtv/ESPN3
UTSA at Southern Miss 3:00pm ESPN+
UCLA at #11 Oregon 3:30pm ESPN2
Iowa at Penn State 3:30pm BTN
San Diego State at Nevada 3:30pm CBS
#10 Wisconsin at #19 Northwestern 3:30pm ABC
California at Oregon State 3:30pm FS1
Middle Tennessee at Troy 3:30pm ESPN3
Georgia State at South Alabama 3:30pm ESPNU
#7 Cincinnati at UCF 3:30pm ESPN
Virginia Tech at Pitt 4:00pm ACCN
Kansas State at #17 Iowa State 4:00pm FOX
Kentucky at #1 Alabama 4:00pm SECN
Abilene Christian at Virginia 4:00pm RSN/ESPN3
Tennessee at 23 Auburn 7:00pm ESPN
Missouri at South Carolina 7:30pm SECN Alt.
Michigan at Rutgers 7:30pm BTN
#21 Liberty at NC State 7:30pm RSN/ESPN3
#14 Oklahoma State at #18 Oklahoma 7:30pm ABC
Mississippi State at 13 Georgia 7:30pm SECN
Arizona at Washington 8:00pm FOX
#20 USC at Utah 10:30pm ESPN
Boise State at Hawaii 11:00pm CBSSN

 REMEMBER WHEN. What if I told you that one of the most iconic moments in Indiana football history was a time when the Hoosiers held a one-point lead over Ohio State at the start of the second quarter?

In the first minute of the second quarter in its game with Ohio State last year, Indiana scored a touchdown and kicked the extra point. Lee Corso, the Indiana coach, immediately called time and huddled his players on the sideline, where he had a photographer take a picture of the happy group at an angle which allowed the scoreboard to fill the background: INDIANA 7, OHIO STATE 6. Asked why he did this, Corso said, "It's the first time in 25 years Indiana has led Ohio State in a game. I looked it up. Can you believe it? Twenty-five years! The goal of a lifetime!" Ohio State went on to win the game 47-7.

Hence, the header photo at the top of this here article, for the slow among you.

I'd ask if they had plans to recreate this scene if they happen to go up early this time around, but I think an early lead is probably out of the question.

 QUICK PICKS. The theme of the week is "don't overthink this."

  • Ohio State first half -11.5 against Indiana. The full game spread in this game is just betting for a backdoor cover in either direction, so I'm going to stick with the sure winner, because Ohio State is absolutely going to be up by two touchdowns at the half. The offense is just too good, and Indiana's not going to be able to keep pace.
  • Iowa vs. Penn State Under 45. Neither of these offenses is particularly good, but both defenses have proven fairly stout this season, so I'm not overthinking this one. It's a low total, but it's low for a reason.
  • Cincinnati -5 against UCF. I've watched more UCF football than most people this year, and this is just not the same UCF team I'm used to seeing, and this is absolutely the best Cincinnati football team I've ever seen. Cincinnati has a much stronger defense and frankly a better offense too. The Bearcats are winning by multiple scores.
  • Wisconsin -7.5 against Northwestern. They're trying to scare me away with that half-point hook, but I ain't afraid. Northwestern is 4-0, bu they've done nothing to particularly impress me in any of those wins. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is 2-0 and has looked legitimately very good. Give me the Badgers.
  • Oklahoma -7 against Oklahoma State. This one is pretty simple – I don't think Oklahoma State is anywhere near as good as folks expected before the season, and I think that Oklahoma has gotten noticeably better since their early-season struggles. Boomer, Sooner.

 SONG OF THE DAY. "For Those About To Rock" by AC/DC.

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