Five storylines: Ohio State-Indiana 

October, 11, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at the hot topics and pressing concerns as Ohio State prepares for a visit to Indiana as the second half of the season kicks off at Memorial Stadium on Saturday (TV: BTN, 8 p.m.).

Breathing room: The Buckeyes didn't make it through a physical, two-week gauntlet to open conference play unscathed, but they did survive with their perfect record in one piece. The Hoosiers aren't likely to make life nearly as difficult as Nebraska or Michigan State did defensively, but with a few injury concerns and another spread offense coming at it, Ohio State will have to guard against a letdown. The schedule is loaded with the difficult games at the front and the back for the Buckeyes, but if they don't take care of business in the middle stretch, they won't even have a case for the increasing talk about an AP national championship.

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AP Photo/Darron CummingsThough he still hasn't won a conference game as Indiana's coach, Kevin Wilson has guided the Hoosiers to a 2-3 record in 2012.
Friendly face: The coaches on either sideline go back more than a decade, and the mutual respect between two innovators of the spread offense hasn't faded at all with time or the fact that they're now competing against each other in the same conference. Indiana coach Kevin Wilson was famously once part of a staff at Northwestern that welcomed Urban Meyer to campus to talk some shop, and while the Buckeyes coach obviously has no shortage of ideas of his own, he still hasn't forgotten some of the help he got back when he was at Bowling Green. Their current programs both rank in the top three in the Big Ten in total offense, and there could be plenty of fireworks in Bloomington.
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