Safest Bet In College Football Week 6 2016 - Indiana vs Ohio State

Urban Meyer Talks To Players

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6:17 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 6:17 PM UTC

Head Coach Urban Meyer's tenure at Ohio State has been a complete success as he's the best head coach. Do the Hoosiers have another upset in them against the cream of the crop?


According to 5Dimes Sportsbook, the Buckeyes are getting all of the respect as they're a monstrous 29 point betting favorite and the total is listed at 61 1/2 (-110) on the college football odds board. While I never like to fade teams such as Ohio State or Alabama, this is an awful lot of points being given to an Indiana team that's coming off a huge victory over a top 25 ranked squad.

The Buckeyes have yet to be tested this season after they started the season with a 77-10 romp over Bowling Green and are recently coming off of a 58-0 destruction of Rutgers University. The Buckeyes have scored no less than 45 points in any game and are averaging an astonishing 57 points per game. Indiana certainly has their work cut out for them.


J.T. Barrett

We have to take into account that some of these games are blowouts and that means that starting quarterback, J.T. Barrett has taken an early seat on the bench at times.

Thus far this season, Barrett has been nearly perfect with a 183.1 passer rating. He's right at 70% where completion percentage is concerned and has thrown for 888 yards with 14 TD and 2 INT. Barrett is also a double threat in that he can take the football and run with it. Ohio State already possesses two runners that average 7.3 yards per carry or more in Mike Weber (495 yards 2 TD) and Curtis Samuel (328 yards ,2 TD). The Indiana defense is going to have a really tough time stopping this OSU running game, which possesses so much talent.


Double Threat

Speaking of double threats, Curtis Samuel has been a flat-out beast as he leads the Buckeyes in receiving as Barrett's favorite target. For the season, Samuel has 23 receptions for 345 yards and 3 TD's. He's coming off of a really strong 7 reception for 86 yards and 1 TD performance in the romp over Rutgers and is quite similar to the type of back that Matt Forte is in the NFL. This offense hasn't been stopped and I don't expect Indiana to stop the Buckeyes either. If the Hoosiers are to have any chance of being competitive in this game, their offense will need to lead the way.


IU's Aerial Attack

Despite running back, Devine Redding's 413 yards gained on the ground, most of Indiana's production offensively has come through the air. The Hoosiers have managed just 2 rushing touchdown and Redding hasn't reached the endzone yet this season. With the exception of one awful performance in which he threw 5 interceptions against Wake Forest, junior quarterback, Richard Lagow, has been very productive. In that 5 interception game against Wake Forest, Lagow threw for 496 yards. He'll need to keep the turnovers to a minimum as the Buckeyes will take advantage of an opportunity that's given to them.

Wide receiver, Ricky Jones, might be the 2nd leading receiver on the team, but he's been on fire in his last two games. In these games, he's averaged 166 yards on 6 catches per game. This is the type of production that the Hoosiers will need to be competiive with the likes of Ohio State. Can they be effective is the question? Nobody else has had success against OSU and it's difficult for me to believe that Ohio State will buckle under the pressure here despite Indiana's amazing win last week.

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Free College Football Pick: Ohio State -29 
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