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Sore Buckeyes looking to maintain hex on Indiana

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012
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The Hoosiers, meanwhile, have lost 10 straight conference games and 20 straight league games against teams outside of Indiana, dating to a win over Illinois in the middle of the 2009 season.

Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson insists his players are making progress and believes last week's 31-27 loss to Michigan State proves it.

"We're learning how to attack. We're learning how to play Big Ten football," he said. "If you keep doing that, good things are going to happen. That was the first time in my time here where there was a good team that we went after and played good football, had a shot against and didn't get it done. Let's learn, let's grow, but let's keep coming. It's not about getting close, it's not about doing our best and being short."

It's about winning, something the Hoosiers haven't done since their Sept. 8 trip to Massachusetts.

The Buckeyes hung 63 points on Nebraska last week and Miller has been nothing short of sensational. He's averaging 303.8 yards in total offense per game, 23rd in the nation, is 11th nationally in rushing (127.2 yards) though he's still learning how to run Meyer's offense more efficiently.

Ohio State also must fill the void left by linebacker Etienne Sabino, who is expected to miss at least three weeks with a cracked bone in his leg.

Losing anybody on defense in a game like this could create a major hole, given the tempo and the lack of chances to substitute.

History says the Buckeyes can probably overcome the loss of Sabino on Saturday. But Meyer warns past performances don't guarantee future results, even as Buckeyes fans openly contemplate the possibility of 10-0 with four straight unranked opponents on the schedule — including Indiana.

"I've heard Indiana has a good offense, Indiana has a really good defense and has a lot of good players on defense," Ohio State center Corey Linsley said. "We're not thinking about four unranked opportunities in a row. We're thinking about four Big Ten defenses that we have to go out there and play against. I don't think it's entering anybody's mind that these are easy teams because they're unranked. They're all Big Ten players."