The Ohio State Buckeyes are opening their Big Ten football schedule against the Indiana Hoosiers this afternoon and they are expected to come away with a big win. Urban Meyer and his football team have struggled at times this season and they need to change some things up on the offensive side of the football.
Ezekiel Elliott is the heart and soul of the Ohio State offense, but the team hasn’t been using him as much as they should have been.
Throughout the season, Elliott has carried the football 77 times for 455 yards and five touchdowns. He is without question one of the to playmakers in the country and the Buckeyes need to use him as such.
Ohio State can’t afford to continue forcing the pass and they should look to pound the football against a fairly weak run defense.
Indiana simply doesn’t have the type of defensive line that could shut Elliott down. He is too quick and powerful for the defense to handle and will go off for huge numbers if they give him the football enough.
Cardale Jones is capable of putting up big numbers through the air, but they need a legitimate ground game, too.
Expect to see Meyer put the football in Elliott’s hands early and often throughout the game. Ohio State is out to prove a point immediately this week and to jump all over the Hoosiers.
There is absolutely no reason that the Buckeyes should struggle against the Hoosiers this week. Despite that fact, there have been quite a few analysts that have picked Indiana to knock off the No. 1 team in the country. If that does end up happening, the Buckeyes are going to drop from the top-25 rankings quickly.
Meyer has to figure out how to turn his team around after the early season struggles that they have had. As they get into the meat of their schedule, they have to start playing much better football.
Part of the answer to their questions will be putting the football in Elliott’s hands and letting him go to work and be the Heisman front-runner that he was all offseason long.
Ohio State should be able to pull out an easy win, especially if they let Elliott be the main workhorse for their offense. Meyer has said that he knows Elliott needs the football more, but it will be interesting to see whether or not they actually do it.
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