The Indiana Hoosiers earned their top 10 ranking through the first four games. Now, they’ll be put to the ultimate test on Saturday when they take on No. 3 Ohio State.
If Indiana has any hope of knocking off the prohibitive Big Ten favorite, they’ll need top notch defense to shut down quarterback
Speaking on Thursday’s edition of College Football Countdown, Palmer outlined how Indiana’s defense could beat Ohio State.
“It’s an aggressive unit,” Palmer said. “They’ve got to somehow slow down
“I know this, if Indiana’s going to go down in this game, they’re going down swinging. They’re not playing zone coverage, they’re coming after
While Fields and the Ohio State offense remain prolific, the defense saw a lot of departures to the NFL via the draft last season. College football analyst Joel Klatt also believes the run game lacks in comparison after JK Dobbins left for the NFL.
He explained on Wednesday’s edition of “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”
“Remains to be seen comparing them to the other teams,” Klatt said. “Let’s just compare them to last year’s Ohio State team. They are not as good as last year’s team. They are better at quarterback and wide receiver.
“There will be more pressure on Fields to be superhuman at times. I will tell you, they are in for a fist fight against Indiana. Indiana has gotten better and better and better. Their quarterback is good, their defense is salty…Fields is going to go under the pressure cooker this week.”
On the season, Fields is 72 of 83 passing (86.7% completion percentage) for 908 yards, 11 touchdowns, zero interceptions and has two rushing touchdowns.
No. 3 Ohio State (3-0) hosts No. 9 Indiana (4-0) on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.