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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State dominates Indiana, moves on to Miami (Ohio)

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Justin Fields and the Buckeyes destroyed Indiana on Saturday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State dominates Indiana, moves on to Miami (Ohio)

Good morning, Ohio State fans, and welcome to the Scarlet Sunrise. Football will always be our focus, but every day we’ll cover news, notes and analysis from across Buckeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Ohio State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Ohio State crushes Indiana

The Buckeyes looked like the best team in the Big Ten against Indiana on Saturday. Lettermen Row staff covered the game from Bloomington. Miss any of the coverage from Austin Ward, Birm and Spencer? We have you covered.

Poll Watch: Ohio State can’t gain ground despite blowout win

Even with the blowout in their first road game of the season, the Buckeyes remained at No. 6 in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll, both of which were released Sunday afternoon.

Ohio State did what it needed to do. But the five teams ahead of the Buckeyes all took care of business, too. Three of the teams in front of Ohio State won on the road, so there was no movement at the top. There was no change in the Coaches Poll top 10 from last week.

Week Four Coaches Poll (Sept. 15)

No. 1 Clemson

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Georgia

No. 4 Oklahoma

No. 5 LSU

No. 6 Ohio State

Week Four AP Poll (Sept. 15)

No. 1 Clemson

No. 2 Alabama

No. 3 Georgia

No. 4 LSU

No. 5 Oklahoma

No. 6 Ohio State

Ohio State opens as heavy favorite over Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Ohio) got thoroughly beaten by Cincinnati over the weekend, and that’s why Ohio State opened as a 37-point favorite over the visiting RedHawks, according to VegasInsider.com.

The Buckeyes haven’t lost to an in-state opponent in over 100 years, and Las Vegas doesn’t seem to think that will change Saturday when the RedHawks come to Columbus. Ohio State is playing well, and the Buckeyes are gaining confidence and momentum before heading back into Big Ten play. The RedHawks shouldn’t provide much of a test, but they’ll serve as a tune-up before Ohio State travels to Nebraska next week.

Jack Sawyer playing quarterback?

Lettermen Row recruiting guru Birm talked to 2021 defensive end commit Jack Sawyer — one of the country’s top prospects, according to 247sports.com — about  switching to quarterback.

“I just want us to win so I’ll do whatever it takes,” Sawyer told Lettermen Row following the game, in which he scored four touchdowns. “Our starter kind of got hurt and he’s a really good safety who converted to quarterback this season. I think my coaches are going to keep me there this year so we can get some wins, and then still put me in on defense on passing downs.”

The Buckeyes won’t need Sawyer to play quarterback at the next level, but his athleticism can’t be questioned after seeing the plays he made from the backfield.

Need more recruiting #stuff? Check out Birm’s latest Dotting The ‘Eyes from Sunday.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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