As Ohio State gets ready for game No. 7 of the season on Saturday against Indiana, the Buckeyes are also getting ready for one of the more unique road trips of the season.
Ohio State will bus to Indianapolis the night before the game then head down to remote Bloomington on Saturday before taking on the Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2) in a night contest before flying back to Columbus.
It’s not the easiest of trips, but Meyer is somewhat used to that having visited some of the more remote outposts of the SEC, which isn’t exactly a league of booming metropolises in many ways.
“That has happened before,” Meyer said. “That’s tough. It’s a distraction, but worry about what you can worry about.”
On the injury front, Meyer said running back Jordan Hall is doubtful to play with a knee injury for the second straight week. Safety Christian Bryant said fellow position-mate C.J. Barnett was 90 percent and looked good enough to play vs. the Hoosiers, while Meyer said the junior is about full speed.
The injury to Hall could result in more chances for sophomore running back Rod Smith, who motored for a 33-yard touchdown late in the win against Nebraska.
The topic of Indiana’s offense also came up. The Hoosiers are without starting quarterback Tre Roberson, who suffered a leg injury in week two, but have put together the top passing offense in the Big Ten under reserves Cameron Coffman and Nate Sudfeld.
Coffman has completed more than 67 percent of his passes and thrown for six touchdowns against one interception, thanks in part to a high dependence on screen passes. Sudfeld has also been effective in relief work.
“I know what they’re doing now,” Meyer said of the new quarterback rotation. “I want to say of 50 passes, 26 are screens. That tells you a little bit about what they’re doing. It’s a pain in the rear end.”
Meyer also he thinks that the team plans to use true freshman Joshua Perry as the starting strongside linebacker in the base defense alongside nickel men Ryan Shazier and Storm Klein, but that hasn’t been finalized. However, there might not be that many chances for Perry to see the field against the Hoosiers’ spread, one-back, three-wideout offense.
“Josh Perry’s getting a little better … but we’ll be in a lot of nickel this week,” Meyer said.
Buckeyes To Play Texas
Ohio State also announced Wednesday afternoon that it would be playing a home-and-home with Texas during the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
The games will be played Sept. 17, 2022, in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and Sept. 16, 2023, in Ohio Stadium.
“Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.”
Ohio State and Texas had not met until facing off in September 2005, a top-five matchup won in comeback fashion by Vince Young and the Longhorns, 25-22, on the way to a national championship. Top-ranked OSU won the return game at No. 2 Texas a year later, 24-7, on the way to a perfect regular season. Texas also captured a Fiesta Bowl matchup between the two teams after the 2008 season.
The matchup is part of Ohio State’s continued commitment to playing high-profile teams on the national level. Ohio State has Virginia Tech (2014-15), Oklahoma (2016-17) and TCU (2018-19) set for future seasons. Full future schedules can be found here.
Gene Smith told BSB recently that the school plans to beef up nonconference football schedules going forward with the advent of the college football playoff.