4. Indiana’s turnover tendencies
This Buckeyes’ defense has been strong this season in many ways but still suffer minor flaws every so often. Something that is not their weakness is getting the opposing offense to turn the ball over. Fortunately, this is exactly what the Hoosiers tend to do on offense.
The Buckeyes are great at capitalizing off turnovers. Last week, the Buckeyes forced a fumble shortly before halftime which they quickly turned into points after Haskins tossed it off to Dobbins for a 26 yard score. This was a momentum changer for the Buckeyes as it was their first touchdown of the game and put them right back into it.
The Hoosiers already struggle as it is on offense, so going up against this defense will only make moving the ball that much more difficult.
Redshirt sophomore Peyton Ramsey, of Cincinnati’s Elder High School, will start at quarterback. He’s already thrown five interceptions this season and has only faced Michigan State as his only real opponent.
Ramsey’s five interceptions are tied for second most in the Big Ten. If the Hoosiers are already turning the ball over that much in the air, imagine how much trouble they will have on the ground with fumbles as well. The Buckeyes have caused a fumble in just about every one of their games this season and have returned a few for touchdowns.
Of course, the Buckeyes are going to be missing Nick Bosa on the field as he was the catalyst of creating turnovers for the defense. He has been the main man behind two of the Buckeyes’ defensive scores. However, the defensive front has done just fine without him with defensive ends Chase Young and Jonathon Cooper making big plays.
Expect the Buckeyes to wreak havoc on the Hoosiers’ offense as their string of turnovers continues.