Five storylines: Purdue at Ohio State 

October, 18, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at the hot topics and pressing concerns as Ohio State prepares for a visit from Purdue on Saturday at Ohio Stadium (TV: ABC, noon).

Boiling blood: Thanks to the vacated 2010 season, Purdue is officially bringing a two-game winning streak with it on the road this weekend. The Buckeyes haven't forgotten about their loss to the Boilermakers a year ago in overtime, and they've seemingly made a point to seek out revenge against everybody that had their number during the difficult season a year ago. The short, technical winning streak probably won't be weighing on Ohio State's mind much, but erasing the memory of one loss in particular should have the program fired up as it tries to stay unbeaten.

Ground and pound: Indiana made a choice to try to limit Braxton Miller's rushing ability on the perimeter, and it had some measured success against the Ohio State quarterback. But that came at the expense of some huge holes for Carlos Hyde between the tackles, and Miller himself took advantage up the middle on yet another long touchdown run. The Buckeyes have rushed for 724 yards as a team over the last two games -- and they will be completing the trifecta of playing against the three worst running defenses in the Big Ten all in a row when the Boilermakers try to slow them down.
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