When the 2021 season kicks off, there might be a surprising name listed as the biggest challenger to Ohio State in the B1G East. After a 6-2 season in 2020 and playing the Buckeyes closer than anyone until the national championship, Indiana could be a popular pick to be the top contender to Ohio State’s throne.

Returning IU wide receiver Ty Fryfogle thinks Indiana has a pretty good shot at taking down Ohio State, too.

Meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Fryfogle was asked if he thought the Hoosiers could challenge the Buckeyes in the B1G. He had a pretty confident response.

“For sure,” Fryfogle said, according to Hoosier Huddle. “We have a lot of great guys coming back. This football team is going to be really special.”

Fryfogle also added that Indiana “left some stuff on the table” last year.

Indiana has lost 25 straight games to Ohio State, with the last win coming in 1988. Last year, after building digging a 35-7 hole in Columbus, the Hoosiers closed the gap to 42-35 with the ball and a chance to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. But IU’s losing streak continued after the upset bid fell short.

Fryfogle was particularly big in that game, totaling 218 yards and 3 touchdowns on 7 catches, posting an impressive 31.1 yards per catch average against the Buckeyes secondary.

This year, the Hoosiers get the Buckeyes in Bloomington, with the game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23.