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Hoosiers hungry for spotlight against Buckeyes

Hoosiers hungry for spotlight against Buckeyes

Ohio State announced Wednesday that its coaches and players are donating $10,000 to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. "But, defensively, if they come up with some big plays and play well on defense, that will be the secret of the game tonight if they play well, and I think they can".

Getting after quarterback Richard Lagow is the key. Corso will also be honored by Indiana University after the first quarter for his contributions to Indiana athletics.

With former IN head coach Lee Corso and ESPN's College GameDay crew IN town to open the season, it's sure to make for a fun atmosphere IN Bloomington on Thursday night.

"It's going to be what it's going to be", Scales said of playing against Wilson.

Allen went on to say that he has emphasized the importance of in-game adjustments to his team and coaches.

"Last year was very alarming because our whole team was new", he said. "This year is a little more comfort because guys have been in the environment before".

As the Gregg Doyle of Indy Star opines, this is one of the biggest games in IN football history. Lagow completed 57.8 percent of his passes for 3,362 yards and 19 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.

The Buckeyes have won 21 consecutive games against the Hoosiers and lead the all-time series 72-12-5. The Hoosiers did give visiting Ohio State a scare before falling 34-27 in the final seconds in 2015.

Last season, IN football averaged 426.0 total yards, 273.8 IN passing and 152.2 IN rushing. Ohio State has a veteran quarterback and a talented running back.

Ohio State's top running back Mike Weber has been slowed by a hamstring injury over the last month, giving true freshman J.K. Dobbins a chance to take the majority of first-team snaps. IN hasn't beaten the Buckeyes since 1988.

"In order to be considered one of the best and be up there you've got to go against the best, beat the best", Fant said. Barrett enters the 2017 season with a chance to win the Heisman Trophy. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound senior has accumulated eight sacks each of the last two seasons.

But many players, like team captain and defensive end Sam Hubbard, aren't taking IN lightly.

Former IU Coach Kevin Wilson will lead the vaunted Ohio State offense in his first season as offensive coordinator with the team after exiting IU at the end of the 2016 regular season. Given that Thursday will be the first game of the season for both teams, there are plenty of unknowns that will play out as the night wears on.

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