Picks to click: Buckeyes to watch

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A look at three Ohio State players who will be critical as the program hits the midway point of Big Ten play with a home date against Purdue and how they might impact the outcome on Saturday (TV: ABC, noon).

Jake Stoneburner

  • The basics: After three quiet games in the passing game, the Buckeyes got reacquainted with the senior as more than a blocker against Indiana. Stoneburner was once again a target, and he responded with four catches for 41 yards -- seemingly modest totals, but plays that still helped keep drives moving and got him involved once again.

  • By the numbers: Each of Stoneburner’s first three catches moved the chains, and the fourth came up just a yard shy of converting a second-and-11 in the third quarter against the Hoosiers. The Buckeyes picked up the necessary yardage on the next snap after Stoneburner got them back ahead of schedule.