Urban Meyer is not taking Indiana lightly.
The coach has talked about his respect for the Hoosiers at several points throughout the week leading up to Saturday’s 3:30 game in Columbus. That includes Thursday when Meyer said that Indiana’s defense will be the best the Buckeyes have gone up against this season — yes that includes Oklahoma’s.
Urban Meyer believes Indiana's defense is the best they've seen this season. Ohio State has played Oklahoma. https://t.co/QIK2bQVeOu
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) October 6, 2016
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Meyer’s full comments from his radio show can be found here.
The Buckeyes torched the Sooners defense on Sept. 17 in Norman, racking up 443 total yards — 291 of which came on the ground — in a turnover-free performance. The No. 20 Sooners, who started the season in the AP top 5, have the 60th-rated defense according to ESPN’s Football Power Index and allow 429.2 yards per game.
Meanwhile, Indiana is fresh off an upset of Michigan State and is ranked directly behind Oklahoma’s defense in the FPI at 61st. The Hoosiers, who lost to Wake Forest last month, allow 373 yards and only 21.8 points per game.