Indiana will have to overcome significant history, trends to upset Ohio State
So as strange as it may seem, the Indiana Hoosiers are on the top of the ranks in the B1G East football standings.
Of course, the current standings reflect Ohio State’s canceled game last weekend with Maryland, but there’s nothing lost in the success from Bloomington.
But Ohio State is no stranger to success over top-10 ranked, league teams. In fact, the Buckeyes have nine consecutive wins over B1G teams ranked in the top 10, dating back to a 2015 loss to Michigan State.
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Ohio State has also won 24 consecutive games over the Hoosiers. Indiana’s last win in this series came in 1988.
After a dramatic season opening defeat of Penn State, the Hoosiers put together double-digit victories over Rutgers, Michigan and Michigan State. The success has earned Indiana a spot in the AP Top-10, with their highest ranking since 1967 at No. 9.
The Hoosiers head to Columbus and will be giving the Buckeyes what may well be their most difficult challenge of the 2020 season.
Indiana coach Tom Allen has the fans in Bloomington excited, and for good reason. But the Hoosiers haven’t beaten Ohio State since 1987, and have won just 9-of-89 contests all-time between the two teams.
While the fan base in Columbus may not be overly concerned, the same could have been said of those in East Lansing, Ann Arbor and State College.