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Game Preview - Hoosiers underdogs vs Buckeyes at Ohio State

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The Ohio State Buckeyes won big last week but lost ground in the BCS standings. 

This week 10-0 OSU will try to avoid a similar fate when it hosts the 4-6 Indiana Hoosiers Saturday afternoon at the Horseshoe in Columbus.

The Buckeyes, No. 3 in the BCS rankings, just put up 60 points in beating Illinois over the weekend to extend their winning streak to 22 games. But they got passed by Baylor in the AP poll, which cost them some digital points in those BCS standings. 

Indiana, meanwhile, just got demolished by Wisconsin 51-3, and needs to win its last two games to become bowl-eligible.

In the early betting the Buckeyes, who have beaten the Hoosiers 18 times in a row, were favored by 31 points.

Supporters of the Hoosiers have seen them go 4-6 and 4-6 ATS so far this season, while the Buckeyes are at 10-0 and 7-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Buckeyes are 7-3, while the Hoosiers are 8-2.

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Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Hoosiers listed as 31.5-point underdogs earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line was unavailable earlier in the week.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Buckeyes at No. 6 and the Hoosiers at No. 84 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 62-34 result in favor of the Buckeyes.

Indiana was a 51-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wisconsin. They failed to cover the 26.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (54) made winners of UNDER bettors. Indiana was hammered in its last outing, as Wisconsin ran up a 51-3 score against them at Camp Randall Stadium. Carlos Hyde tore up the turf for 246 rushing yards in the latest Buckeyes game, a 60-35 win over the Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ohio State's No. 4-ranked offense (49.4 PPG) against a Hoosiers defense that ranks No. 118 at 38.8 PPG. The Buckeyes passing attack has averaged 221.8 yards per game, less than the Hoosiers give up through the air (283.7 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Hoosiers own the league's No. 124-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 346.67 yards per game when on the road. Ohio State, on the other hand, rates No. 11 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Hoosiers at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Indiana is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 7 games
Indiana is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Ohio State is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 5 games
Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Indiana home to Purdue, Saturday, November 30th
Ohio State at Michigan, Saturday, November 30th