Ohio State vs. Oklahoma Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Ohio State vs. Oklahoma fearless prediction and game preview.
Ohio State (1-0) vs. Oklahoma (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 7th
Game Time: 7:30 pn ET
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
It’s the Big 12’s biggest moment.
After Texas lost to Maryland, Baylor got tagged by something called Liberty, and with Kansas and Iowa State soon to be Kansas and Iowa State again, the conference doesn’t have a whole lot to hang its hat on so far.
It needs the superstar to rise up and represent the conference. It needs Oklahoma to be one of the really, really big boys.
Lose, and there’s no margin for error the rest of the way – a two-loss Big 12 champ isn’t getting into the College Football Playoff. And that’s where the bar continues to be set, even with Lincoln Riley at the helm.
Ohio State is in the same boat, but it already proved last year it could beat Baker Mayfield and handle the Sooner attack. The Big Ten will go on if the Buckeyes lose, even if OSU might go into panic mode.
Lose at home to OU, and all of a sudden, the Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, the rocky beginning against Indiana, and the questions about whether or not the program can reload once again and be among the elite of the elite will be loud and boisterous.
All that’s possibly at stake is the College Football Playoff, the Heisman race, and the reputations of two of the sports’ top programs.
No biggie. It’s just Oklahoma vs. Ohio State.
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
He’s a fine quarterback, and wearing the No. 21 for the position is inherently cool, but the Indiana veteran isn’t Baker Mayfield when it comes to making magic happen.
Before Ohio State went Ohio State and cranked up the talent and skill, Lagow and the Hoosier passing game gave the Buckeyes fits, cranking up 410 yards with three scores to make the game interesting.
Not only did Mayfield come out of the gate roaring this year – completing 19-of-20 passes for 329 yards and three scores in a half against UTEP – but Oklahoma isn’t Indiana. It has the ability to last for a full four quarters with the Buckeyes and keep the pressure on.
There’s a ton of talent in the OSU secondary but it’s going to be tested from the start and has to prove it can make the same big plays that last year’s group did.
Mayfield might just be the best college player on the field, and if he is, this might be his moment.
One Reason Why Ohio State Will Win
Ground and pound … ground and pound … ground and pound …
The Buckeye defensive front has to do a better job of knocking around the quarterback than it did against Indiana – there’s too much talent up front not to dominate at times – but the run D was sensational. IU went absolutely nowhere on the ground, and OU will have a slew of the same issues.
Oklahoma has the offensive line to try grinding it out, but it can’t win with the running game. On the other side, though, Ohio State has to get into a lather right away with its great group of backs.
Mike Weber still has to try getting past a hamstring problem, but freshman J.K. Dobbins turned into the star of the IU game with 184 yards to go along with Antonio Williams’ two scores.
As long as J.T. Barrett is able to take off from time to time just to mix things up, and if he’s able to be the conductor of the midrange passing game like he was when the O took over in Bloomington, the OSU attack should work.
Ohio State’s offense will put up points on the Oklahoma defense. It’s not a sure thing that the Oklahoma offense will put up points on the Ohio State defense.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s going to be terrific.
The two veteran quarterbacks know what they’re doing, and they’re about to get into a war of talent that’ll have everyone buzzing.
Both quarterbacks will be magnificent, but the Ohio State running game will be the difference in the second half. It’s not going to be easy, and there won’t be the Malik Hooker-like moments the Buckeyes had in last year’s game, but it’ll be a good, solid win over a team that will prove it still belongs in the CFP race, even in defeat.
Ohio State vs. Oklahoma Prediction
Ohio State 27, Oklahoma 24
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