Week Three Matchup to Watch: Ohio State Skill Players vs. Indiana’s Back Seven

Image: Amanda Pavelka Hoosier Huddle

Image: Amanda Pavelka Hoosier Huddle

Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)

Ohio State Skill Players vs. Indiana’s Back Seven

The Indiana Hoosiers have been oh, so close to beating the Buckeyes for the better part of the last decade, but have yet to get over the hill. Many times, that has been because of the superior speed and depth from the Ohio State skill players compared to the Indiana defense. This year the Hoosiers have built some depth, albeit still young. However, these young players have plenty of playing experience.

The Ohio State Buckeyes offense is led by dynamic quarterback Justin Fields who has completed 76-percent of his passes for 458 yards and six scores. He takes care of the football and can run as well as he has three more touchdowns on the ground. The linebackers will have to keep an eye on Fields, if the secondary can lock down the receivers at times, in case he bolts with his feet.

Fields is a big part of the Ohio State running attack, but junior J.K. Dobbins is back at running back and ready to roll. He burst onto the scene in Bloomington two years ago with a huge game. While the defensive line needs to do their part too, the run support from the backers and safeties needs to be on point.

The speed at receiver is real and the Hoosiers defensive backs need to limit the damage they do by being sound tacklers and getting their hands on passes. IU has one interception through the first two games, that number has to go up if the Hoosiers want to score the upset. This should be a fun matchup to watch as both sides are talented and, as always, it will come down to who makes the most plays at the right time.