COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP) — Ohio State football coach Ryan Day held his weekly news conference, Tuesday, as the team prepares to take on the Indiana Hoosiers.
The Buckeyes improved to No. 5 in the latest Associated Press college football Top 25 college football poll despite not playing this week.
Ohio State travels to Indiana to face the Hoosiers Saturday for a prime time game with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
The Hoosiers rely on blitzing and did so aggressively against the Buckeyes last year. Justin Fields threw three interceptions in the win but also had several big plays that helped OSU win 42-35.
“They’re a good defense. They have good players and good execution,” Day said. “I think C.J.’s been solid [against the blitz]. I think this will be a bigger challenge this week. They like to bring pressure . . . and that’s going to be on his plate this week along with the offensive line as well.”
Day said Ohio State took its foot off the gas against the Hoosiers last year and played more conservatively after going up 42-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
Indiana is 2-4 this season but Day said he think the Hoosiers are better than their record indicates because of injuries they’ve suffered and teams they’ve played, including Iowa, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Penn State who are all ranked inside the top 11.