Was Ohio State's Win over Indiana Enough to Impress Pollsters?

Andrew Coppens@@andycoppensContributor INovember 23, 2013

Nov 23, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) breaks the tackle of Indiana Hoosiers safety Mark Murphy (37) in the second quarter of the game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports
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With four teams currently undefeated and atop the BCS standings, everything a team does gets put under the microscope. However, no team is more under the microscope than the Ohio State Buckeyes are. 

Ohio State took care of business on Saturday against Indiana, winning 42-14, but the big-picture question is, was the result enough to move voters, or was it just another ho-hum Big Ten win? 

That's the scenario the Buckeyes are likely to face the rest of the way, unless one of the other unbeatens at the top falter. 

Indiana's defense isn't very good, but with that said, what Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes did put on film Saturday has to make some pollsters think again about where OSU stands. 

Miller went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the second straight game on the ground, going for 144 yards and two touchdowns. He added another 160 yards on 11-of-17 passing and two more touchdowns through the air. 

Add it up and Miller had 304 total yards and four touchdowns. That type of performance will make people take notice of you and thus your team.

The Buckeyes offense got some help from the Hoosiers defense, but Miller and Hyde made it look effortless. Miller's first touchdown run from 37 yards out is a great example of just how effortless it was for Ohio State. 

Miller also made it look completely effortless in his final touchdown, hitting Devin Smith from 39 yards out to make it an even 42-0.  

It wasn't just Miller who had himself a relatively easy time of it either, as Carlos Hyde went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season and made it look easy from 16 yards out to open the scoring. 

Ohio State did let off the gas after going up 42-0 and gave up two meaningless touchdowns with backups in, but the starters held the high-scoring Hoosiers out of the end zone. 

Turnovers could have been an issue, as the Buckeyes had three of them (two lost fumbles and one interception). Then again, the Hoosiers only capitalized off one of those turnovers, and it was too little too late. 

It remains to be seen if the pollsters will be impressed by a 42-14 scoreline or not, but those who will see the highlights will see a team hitting on all cylinders on offense. That's all Ohio State can really do to help its case.

Put up another effortless performance on offense against Michigan and people will take it even more seriously.

As long as OSU takes care of its business, the rest is up to personal preferences and computer formulas, and Ohio State can't control that.


*Andy Coppens is Bleacher Report's lead writer for the Big Ten. You can follow him on Twitter: @ andycoppens.