Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Today Tom Allen confirmed that Indiana starting quarterback Michael Penix has sustained an injury and his status for the Ohio State game on Saturday is in question. Allen said "He's going through some things right now and we're not 100% sure, so it's gonna be a game day decision" when asked about his starter.
With Indiana easily in control of last week's 52-0 throttling of Eastern Illinois, Penix was lifted before the end of the first half, which seemed a bit strange even for a blowout. Tom Allen was asked if Penix sustained the injury in last week's game and said "not that I'm aware of."
If Penix can't go the Hoosiers are fortunate to have a back-up in Peyton Ramsey who not only played a substantial amount of time last week, but he also started every game last season. The junior is from Ohio and actually had probably the best game of his career last year against Ohio State, throwing for 322 yards in a 49-26 loss. In last weeks game against Eastern Illinois Ramsey was 13/14 for 226 yards 2 TD. I asked Tom Allen if Penix can't go if it changed their offensive plan of attack against Ohio State and he said "Not a lot. They're very similar quarterbacks."' One component that might be missing is the ability to go deep against the Buckeyes, which is one of the biggest reasons Michael Penix won the job over Ramsey.
Indiana will take on the #6 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday at Noon on Fox TV.