Game Day Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Indiana

By Chase Brown on November 12, 2022 at 5:00 am
C.J. Stroud

The end of Indiana Week is finally here.

It's time for the Buckeyes to dominate the Hoosiers. More appropriately, it's time for the Hoosiers to get dumped.

Let's have a good Saturday, shall we?

 WEATHER SHOULDN'T MATTER. I'll admit that I looked at the weather report for the game a few times this week. It doesn’t look great in Columbus this afternoon with a 40-degree temperature, cloudy skies, some showers and a little wind.

But – and this is a sincere question – if The Ohio State University football team is as good as we think they are, why does the weather matter?

My answer: It doesn't.

This is Ohio State. It's November in Big Ten country, the heart of the midwest. It's time for Ryan Day to keep the finely-tuned Ferrari that is the Buckeyes in the garage for the next three weeks and roll out the Ford F-350 to drive in the muddy backroads that have been beaten up by rain and snow, powering through the brisk, cold wind with its V8 engine.

I'm game for whatever that means in the football sense – pounding the rock, taking snaps under center, running dives up the middle, playing with three or more linebackers, etc. The Buckeyes need to prove that no team and no inclement weather can stop the machine of Ohio State football.

Once the Buckeyes outlast Indiana, Maryland and Michigan, then Day can take the tarp off the supercar and use it on the fast track inside Lucas Oil Stadium, beating the brakes off Illinois of whoever else stands in their way before making adjustments to face an opponent in the College Football Playoff.

But don't let me get ahead of myself. Beat Indiana. Make sure they know it's a horrible day to be a Hoosier.

Bucks by a Billion. Leave no doubt.

 TODAY'S MENU. The following two Saturdays of college football don't feature many must-watch matchups as teams prepare for Rivalry Week in the final regular-season weekend. However, there are still a few storylines to look out for as we go through the day.

Can Notre Dame carry momentum from their win over Clemson into its matchup with Navy in Baltimore? Will UCF or Tulane claim the title of Best Group of Five Team in College Football this season? Is Nick Saban on watch to lose three games this year as Alabama travels to Mississippi to battle Lane Kiffin and the Rebels?

It's college football! Anything can happen!

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile
Indiana at 2 Ohio State 12:00pm FOX
Oklahoma at West Virginia 12:00pm FS1
Rutgers at Michigan State 12:00pm BTN
SMU at USF 12:00pm ESPNU
Virginia Tech at Duke 12:00pm RSN/ESPN3
Pitt at Virginia 12:00pm ACCN
Purdue at 21 Illinois 12:00pm ESPN2
Liberty at UConn 12:00pm CBSSN
20 Notre Dame vs. Navy (in Baltimore, MD) 12:00pm ABC
7 LSU at Arkansas 12:00pm ESPN
Missouri at 5 Tennessee 12:00pm CBS
Vanderbilt at 24 Kentucky 12:00pm SECN
James Madison at Old Dominion 1:00pm ESPN+
ULM at Georgia State 1:00pm ESPN+
Temple at Houston 2:00pm ESPN+
Rice at WKU 2:00pm ESPN+
UMass at Arkansas State 3:00pm ESPN3
Charlotte at Middle Tennessee 3:30pm ESPN3
North Texas at UAB 3:30pm Stadium
Louisiana Tech at UTSA 3:30pm ESPN+
Maryland at 14 Penn State 3:30pm FOX
Northwestern at Minnesota 3:30pm BTN
Appalachian State at Marshall 3:30pm ESPN+
22 UCF at 17 Tulane 3:30pm ESPN2
New Mexico at Air Force 3:30pm CBSSN
Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech 3:30pm RSN/ESPN3
Louisville at 10 Clemson 3:30pm ESPN
Wisconsin at Iowa 3:30pm FS1
Boston College at 16 NC State 3:30pm ACCN
Arizona State at Washington State 3:30pm P12N
Iowa State at Oklahoma State 3:30pm ESPNU
9 Alabama at 11 Ole Miss 3:30pm CBS
Army at Troy 3:30pm NFLN
Nebraska at 3 Michigan 3:30pm ABC
Lamar at New Mexico State 4:00pm FloSports
South Carolina at Florida 4:00pm SECN
Texas State at South Alabama 5:00pm ESPN+
25 Washington at 6 Oregon 7:00pm FOX
1 Georgia at Mississippi State 7:00pm ESPN
Kansas at Texas Tech 7:00pm ESPN+
19 Kansas State at Baylor 7:00pm FS1
Wyoming at Colorado State 7:00pm CBSSN
Florida Atlantic at FIU 7:00pm Stadium
Texas A&M at Auburn 7:30pm SECN
Southern Miss at Coastal Carolina 7:30pm ESPNU
15 North Carolina at Wake Forest 7:30pm ESPN2
4 TCU at 18 Texas 7:30pm ABC
23 Florida State at Syracuse 8:00pm ACCN
California at Oregon State 9:00pm P12N
Stanford at 13 Utah 10:00pm ESPN
San Jose State at San Diego State 10:30pm FS1
Boise State at Nevada 10:30pm CBSSN
Arizona at 12 UCLA 10:30pm FOX
Utah State at Hawaii 11:00pm Spectrum PPV

 MY PICKS. Folks, book me for another week at 2-for-3 picking the spread. Texas Christian came through, Tennessee did not and Notre Dame absolutely did. Shout out to Marcus Freeman and the Irish for taking down Dabo Swinney and Clemson in blowout fashion last weekend.

This week, I think Illinois, LSU and Penn State will take care of business and cover the spread in their respective matchups. I'll be keeping an incredibly close eye on the Illini because that Chase Brown player is really, really good.

2022 RECORD: 14-13

  • Purdue at No. 21 Illinois (-6.5): This is easily the most important game for the Illinois football program since the late 2000s, and a win would all but clinch the Big Ten West and send the Fighting Berts to Indianapolis in December. The Illini lost to Michigan State last week but outgained the Spartans 441-294. I expect them to rely heavily on Brown to beat the Boilermakers by a score or two and send themselves to Indy.
  • No. 7 LSU (-3.5) at Arkansas: This feels like a gimme pick. Like, what am I missing here? Last weekend, LSU beat Alabama and Arkansas lost to Liberty. Sure, the Tigers could be in for a letdown, but I expect the No. 7 team in the country to perform well against a 5-4 team, so I'll take Brian Kelly and the power of fahmuly.
  • Maryland at No. 14 Penn State (-10.5): Maryland lost to Wisconsin last week despite quarterback Graham Mertz going 5-of-18 for 77 yards. Oof. The Badgers won the game by running the rock, and the Nittany Lions will replicate that on Saturday with Nick Singleton. Also, that Penn State defense is good, so I'll take them to cover.

 BACK TO THE BUCKEYES. At Ohio State, every coach is required to recruit at the highest level and secure top talent from the United States and around the world. It's the Buckeye standard.

In their first few years as program leaders in Columbus, Ryan Day and Chris Holtmann have met and exceeded those standards, recruiting top 10 and top-five classes to Columbus like it's nothing.

Ohio State football currently has the No. 5 class nationally for 2023, with one five-star, 19 four-stars and one three-star across 21 total commits. Basketball also has the No. 5 class in the country for next season, with three four-stars and one three-star making up four commitments (and now signees).

Hopefully, Day and Holtmann can deliver with these talented classes coming to Ohio State. As we know, it's one thing to recruit at a high level and another to coach at one. And as the coaches know, Buckeye Nation doesn't shower praise over recruiting. They heap praise over results on the field and court – time to see if they get the job done.

 SONG OF THE DAY. “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler.

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