Halftime: Ohio State 13, Indiana 13

November, 5, 2011
11/05/11
1:29
PM ET
Surprise, surprise, we've got a good one brewing in Columbus.

Indiana has given Ohio State all it can handle through the first 30 minutes, pacing the Buckeyes with a high-powered offense and enough defense. Credit Kevin Wilson's young team for performing well against an Ohio State team that entered the game with a lot of momentum following its dramatic victory against Wisconsin.

For the first time since 1988, a Big Ten game featured two freshmen starting at quarterback in Indiana's Tre Roberson and Ohio State's Braxton Miller. While Miller has accounted for the game's biggest play -- an 81-yard touchdown dash, the longest ever by an Ohio State quarterback -- Roberson has outplayed his Buckeyes counterpart.

Roberson has led four Hoosiers scoring drives against a physical Ohio State defense, rushing for 31 yards on nine carries and completing 7 of 12 passes for 99 yards. I've been extremely impressed by Roberson since he took over the starting job. While there's disappointment in Bloomington around the Gunner Kiel decommitment, the Hoosiers appear to have found their quarterback. Stephen Houston has a touchdown run and Kofi Hughes is embracing his new role as the team's No. 1 receiver (4 catches, 72 yards).

After a terrific performance last week, Ohio State's defense seems to be struggling with Indiana's fast tempo. While lineman John Simon continues to do damage, the Buckeyes need to contain Roberson and his weapons better in the second half. The offense must get back to its roots and start feeding top running back Dan Herron, who has 55 rush yards on only five carries. Indiana hasn't consistently stopped the run game all season, so the Buckeyes must attack with Herron, Miller and Carlos Hyde. The Hoosiers, to their credit, have contained Ohio State aside from a handful of big plays.

A loss would be disastrous for Ohio State in the Leaders division race, while an Indiana victory would do wonders for Wilson and his program.

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