Justin Fields and the Ohio State Buckeyes host Indiana on Saturday. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire)
- Indiana (4-0) faces Ohio State (3-0) at Noon EST on November 21, 2020 on Fox
- The Buckeyes did not play in Week 11 after their game against Maryland was cancelled
- See the game odds, spread, and total along with line movement predictions below
Indiana has emerged as a contender in the Big Ten Conference.
The Hoosiers are now 4-0 on the season after a shutout victory over Michigan State. Up Next? A visit to the horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio to take on the undefeated Buckeyes.
Indiana vs Ohio State Week 12 Odds
|Ohio State||-19.5 (-110)||TBD||TBD|
Odds taken Nov. 15 at William Hill
Ohio State opened as a convincing favorite in this battle of the unbeatens. Let’s take a look at the state of both programs heading in to see if we can predict any potential line movement.
A B1G game. 📺 pic.twitter.com/MnTzhcoski
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) November 9, 2020
Indiana In Unfamiliar Territory
Indiana has won its first four Big Ten games for the first time in 33 years. Your opinion of the Hoosiers likely boils down to whether you’re a glass half full or glass half empty kind of person. They have the 17th best defense in the country and have four wins, including two against teams that were ranked at the time. The flip side? Penn State was ranked but is now 0-4 and the Michigan was ranked and are now 0-3. In total, the four opponents have a combined 3-13 record. Indiana has been impressive, the competition has not.
No. 10 @IndianaFootball’s defense, today:
0⃣ points allowed
1⃣ fumble recovery pic.twitter.com/kA1wtQk4iz
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 14, 2020
Most recently that stout Hoosier defense put up a shutout against Michigan State. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns. He now has 11 total touchdowns and three interceptions on the season. He’s proven capable of leading Indiana to wins against middle to bottom tier opponents but Ohio State will undoubtedly be his biggest test to date.
Ohio State Returns After Week Off
Ohio State had their Week 11 game against Maryland cancelled due to Covid-19 issues surrounding the Terrapin program. The good news is they’ll be healthy entering the contest given the added rest. The bad news is a top program like the Buckeyes would prefer to have every opportunity possible to impress the College Football Playoff voters. Many surrounding the program lobbied for a replacement opponent but Big Ten rules prohibited them from scheduling another game. In the end, it essentially ends up being an early season bye week.
No football? No problem. 😏#GoBuckeyes #Fight pic.twitter.com/zUuAP2HNF1
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 13, 2020
Ohio State relies heavily on their passing game. Heisman Trophy candidate Justin Fields has 11 incompletions on the year and 11 touchdowns. He has yet to turn the ball over through three games. Fields two favorite targets are Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. They have combined for 42 receptions and 636 yards in the Buckeyes three victories. Ohio State has a number of top recruits jostling for position to be the third option through the air but as it stands Wilson and Olave stand out as the most reliable weapons for Fields to target.
Expect Line Movement Before Kickoff
This game will garner a lot of attention both for being a matchup of top ten teams and also because of the Big Noon Kickoff on Fox. When the pre-game show focuses on Indiana’s strength of schedule, the public will likely fade the Hoosiers. Ohio State won this game by 41 points last year and while this game will likely be much closer, many will bet it expecting the Buckeyes to win with ease.
Ryan has been working at TSN for over eleven years, and is now a lead writer and content producer at That’s Hockey. Over the years, he’s launched and hosted TSN’s first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and been featured on the likes of TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That’s Hockey 2Nite.