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Tampa native Michael Penix, Jr. leads Indiana to uncharted territory

#9 Indiana prepares for #3 Ohio St.
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Posted at 4:00 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 17:53:03-05

The Indiana football team hasn't beaten Ohio St. since 1988. Tampa Tech grad Michael Penix, Jr. is charged with trying to end that streak this weekend.

The quarterback of the ninth-ranked Hoosiers has them off to its first 4-0 start since 1987. Last week's win at Michigan St. was the program's first as a top-ten team since 1967.

Despite the pressure of a road game against #3 Ohio St., Penix says he doesn't feel too much pressure.

"It is the biggest game on the schedule simply because it is the next game on the schedule," Penix said, via video chat. "We do not look too far ahead. We have a chance to do special things each week. It is something that we focus on, we just need to continue to play our game."

Penix, a redshirt sophomore, didn't play against the Buckeyes in his first two college seasons. Indiana head coach Tom Allen knows his leader is ready for the challenge.

"Oh, he is excited," Allen said. "When you come to Indiana and you play in this conference, you want to be a program that has the chance to win championships. It has gone to Columbus here for a long, long time, so no different this year. He has a chance to play against some of the best players in America."

Ohio State's a three-touchdown favorite over IU, but Penix says he's not in awe of any opposing team.

"We all put our shoulder pads on the same. We all put our cleats on the same," Penix said. "We don’t really look at who’s this and that. We just go out and play our football, and just play at a high level."

Kickoff from Columbus, Ohio, is scheduled for Saturday at noon.