No. 2 Ohio State

L'Christian Smith committed to Ohio State before Wayne fell to Pine Richland

"I felt comfortable in my decision and the opportunity they give players outside of football after they leave college".

For Indiana, all the pomp and circumstance of this year's opening night is a whole new world.

Appearing on CBS Sports Radio last week, Helton noted that toward the end of last season, "everybody was talking about us at the end of the year, 'Oh yeah, you're probably one of the best four teams". That being said, I don't expect this game to be an absolute rout or anything. "That's exactly the situation we find ourselves in". If the Hoosiers' defense can put up a solid fight, then they may have some promise and could improve on their 2016 campaign. Indiana's defense could also prevent this game from turning into a blowout.

Ohio State hired Kevin Wilson, the former head coach at IN, as its offensive coordinator, and Ryan Day to coach quarterbacks.

You get the idea. You'd have to go back some years, because we just don't.

Allen has wisely left out any historical references.

Ohio State has won 22 straight in the series, including a 2010 game that was later vacated.

When Ohio State and IN clashed IN 2012, Schwarber rooted for the Hoosiers because Ohio State was bowl-ineligible from NCAA sanctions.

Also, both Ohio State and IN players will wear "Houston Strong" decals on their helmets for the season opener Thursday night IN Bloomington. The enthusiasm of new coach P.J. Fleck is even harder to miss.

That's not how things typically happen in the Big Ten! "But we've practiced as such". Mike Weber is also back after leading Ohio State in rushing with 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. Dobbins has impressed as a true freshman and is already No. 2 on the Buckeyes depth chart.

How will the Buckeyes use them? Last season, Cobbs Jr. had 1,035 receiving yards and Westbrook caught for 995 yards, so the two wideouts certainly know how to stretch the field. Even if Dobbins doesn't start, he's expected to play a key role. Wilson coached the Hoosiers from 2011 to his sudden resignation in December of past year amid allegations of mistreating players.

But this year, there's no clear-cut starter and Allen plans to use a handful of backs. Mike Majette and Cole Gest, neither of whom had a touchdown previous year, will be trying to take his place. Either way, they'll have to adjust on the fly. We all want what's best for him. I mean, it should be one of the top schools in our conference. They can't look off a sheet. The back end of our defense hasn't played much at all and our receiving core, although I love where they're at, they're just unproven. "Done a very nice job". The biggest threat on that side of the ball comes from linebacker Tegray Scales. The season spiraled following a 30-6 home loss to UW in late September, the first of seven consecutive defeats for the Spartans.

Allen says that despite the game day build-up, the players are focusing on game preparations. Together, they're hoping to anchor a Top 25 defense.

The Buckeyes will be entering their sixth season under head coach Urban Meyer. The award honors non-alums who have made outstanding contributions to Indiana.

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