Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ohio State-Indiana pregame notes

COLUMBUS -- Some pregame notes and observations before Ohio State faces Indiana:

-- Streaks, streaks, streaks.

A win would give Ohio State a school-record 23rd straight victory.  The Buckeyes have two 20-game winning streaks in program history. They won 22 straight games from 1967-69. Michigan -- next week's opponent -- ended the streak. The Buckeyes' current winning streak is the nation's longest and fifth longest in Big Ten history.

Ohio State also owns a 17-game winning streak over Indiana. The Hoosiers' last victory in the series came on Oct. 8 1988, when the Hoosiers prevailed, 31-10, in Bloomington.

-- Last year's game was competitive, with Ohio State winning 52-49. Ohio State had never allowed more points against Indiana.

This year's game could be lopsided. Indiana allowed 554 rushing yards in last week's 51-3 loss to Wisconsin. Ohio State has rushed for 1,194 yards in its past three games.

-- It's cold, and it's not getting warmer.

Advantage? Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are built for November. In fact, Urban Meyer is 32-3 in November since 2003, his first year at Utah.

The Hoosiers are built for September, when conditions are comfortable and opponents don't hail from BCS conferences.

-- Ohio State's band is planning a Civil War-themed halftime show. The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" is one of song selections.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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