This afternoon Ohio State hosts Indiana at the Schott. Even though the season is young, it’s being viewed as a must-win game for the Buckeyes — but then again, just about every game in the Big Ten this year may be of the must-win variety.
This year appears to be the most balanced Big Ten in years. Only five games in, every team has lost at least one game. Northwestern’s huge upset win yesterday over unbeaten Michigan State proved, again, that no game can be taken for granted. As of today, Michigan State and Illinois stand at 4-1, four teams, including the Buckeyes, have two losses, and three teams have three losses.
That’s why Ohio State’s game today against Indiana is seen as a must-win contest. The Buckeyes lost to Indiana in a foul-plagued, turnover-heavy game at Assembly Hall, so they need to win today to even the season series. Ohio State also lost at Illinois when Illinois’ Brandon Paul had one of those magical games where he simply could not miss. If the Buckeyes want to stay within range of Illinois and Michigan State, they need to put today’s game in the win column. We’ll be looking for our senior, William Buford, to lead the way.
As an Ohio State fan, I want the Buckeyes to win every game by 30 points. As a sports fan, however, I’m enjoying an unpredictable Big Ten season where many talented teams get the chance to beat up on each other.