Ohio State vs. UNLV Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Ohio State vs. UNLV fearless prediction and game preview.
Ohio State (2-1) vs. UNLV (1-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
It would be nice if Ohio State could turn it up a few notches.
The Oklahoma game is in the rearview mirror, with the Buckeyes doing a nice job of rolling past a better Army team than it might seem to get past the clunker.
With this, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska up next, if Ohio State is anywhere close to being Ohio State again, there shouldn’t be any problem getting back into the swing of things before dealing with Penn State.
However, this is when the dominance has to start. This is when the team needs to start looking the part of a possible national champion against a flaky UNLV team that’s had two weeks off to prepare.
Recovered from the embarrassing loss to Howard to start the season, the Rebels blew away Idaho on the road, and now gets the paycheck game before diving into Mountain West play.
UNLV has a few interesting playmakers to make this a little more than a light scrimmage – but this is still the team that lost to Howard.
One Reason Why UNLV Will Win
The Rebels have a backfield worth worrying about. Ohio State’s defensive front might be sensational, but the Rebel running game can get things moving.
QB Armani Rogers will eventually become a Mountain West superstar – he just needs time logged into the system before it all clicks. He’s got the mobility, and he’s got the deep arm, connecting on a 94-yard touchdown pass to Devonte Boyd against the Vandals, and running for 86 yards and a score.
Lexington Thomas is a solid back to take the pressure off, running for 19- yards and three scores in the Kibbie Dome. Behind a decent-looking line, UNLV should have a little success.
One Reason Why Ohio State Will Win
J.K. Dobbins is a superstar.
Mike Weber is still trying to get past a hamstring injury, but he might have been Wally Pipped. Dobbins is the quick, active runner who fits everything offensive coordinator likes to do, tearing off 172 yards and two scores against Army.
UNLV doesn’t have an answer for him.
Ohio State has to use these sure-thing win games to get the passing game clicking – J.T. Barrett was solid against Army – but this week, run, keep running, and there won’t be an issue. The Rebels will give up 300 yards on the ground.
What’s Going To Happen
UNLV’s offense will have a few fun moments, but not nearly enough of them after Ohio State explodes with a 24-point second quarter.
The Buckeye defensive front will swarm all over Rogers and Thomas as the team gets to take it easy in the fourth quarter.
Ohio State vs. UNLV Prediction
Ohio State 43, UNLV 13
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