The Ohio State Buckeyes, unbeaten at 2-0 and on the nation’s second-longest winning streak at eight games (Clemson – 17), travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a noon kickoff against the unbeaten and 2-0 Indiana Hoosiers.
This is officially the 93rd game in the series and the 11th consecutive season the two teams have met on the gridiron. Ohio State holds a 74-12-5 advantage in the all-time series and has won 23 consecutive games dating to a 27-all tie in 1990. Indiana last defeated Ohio State consecutively in 1987 and 1988. Ohio State prevailed last season, 49-26, but didn’t pull away from the Hoosiers until a fourth-quarter TD pass from Dwayne Haskins to Indianapolis native Terry McLaurin increased the lead to 42-26.
• Indiana has a combined student body of more than 110,000 students, which includes approximately 46,000 students enrolled at the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
• IU alumni who have distinguished themselves in sports include George Taliaferro, an All-American football player who led the Hoosiers to their only undefeated championship and the first African-American to be drafted by the National Football League; and California native Mark Spitz, competitive swimmer and nine-time Olympic gold medalist in 1968 and 1972.
• Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at IU so it can be commercialized by industry, issued a record 53 U.S. patents and 112 global patents in 2016.
• IU faculty have been awarded every major national and international prize including the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Oscar Award and Emmy Award.
• The series with Indiana, which started in 1901, is the second-longest running or oldest series for Ohio State after its series against Michigan, which started in 1897.
• Four Buckeyes are from the state of Indiana: 15-game starting LB Pete Werner (Indianapolis/Cathedral H.S.), 21-game starting WR Austin Mack (Fort Wayne/Bishop Luers) and two true freshman: OL Dawand Jones (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) and LB Craig Young (Fort Wayne/ Wayne).
• Ohio State has the third most road victories – true road games; not neutral site games – in Division I college football over the past eight seasons with 29 victories.
•Two of Ohio State’s last four trips to Bloomington have been games decided by seven points or less: a 34-27 win in 2015 and a 52-49 victory in 2012.
• The Buckeyes own a 74-12-5 all-time record against Indiana and have won 23 straight games in the series dating back to a 27-27 tie in 1990.