Ohio State vs. Oregon State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Ohio State, Columbus, OH
Ohio State (0-0) vs. Oregon State (0-0) Game Preview
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It’s been a horrible, horrible time for Ohio State.
The disastrous way the school, the athletic department, and the administrators all handled the recent controversy – and, more importantly, the nightmare that Courtney Smith went through – have made The Ohio State University the object of nearly universal scorn and criticism.
The school values its football program – a lot. And now that football program gets to kick the ball off against an Oregon State team that’s trying to start up a new era with something positive.
The Beavers stunk in 1984, but the didn’t get destroyed in a 22-14 loss in Columbus to open the season. However, the bad 1974 team got whacked 51-10 in the only other time the two programs played.
Now it’s up to new head coach Jonathan Smith to get everything going for a team coming off a 1-11 season, and without a winning record since 2013.
The idea will be to open up the attack a little more, hope for something decent from a defense that allowed 36 points or more in every game but two, and maybe, just maybe, shock the world by taking down the mighty Buckeye team that’s missing its head coach.
It’s the debut of Ryan Day’s three-game era, but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem – he’s got the much, much, much better team. But with Rutgers coming up next week in the Big Ten opener – the Scarlet Knights really are improved – and a trip to TCU to follow, there’s no time to tune-up. Ohio State is too good not to be 3-0 with ease before the regular head guy is back.
But the Beavers get to let it all loose.
One Reason Why Oregon State Will Win
You mean, besides that?
The offense that never found much that consistently worked well gets back eight starters for new offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren to work with, starting with a decent line that returns four key parts.
There’s size and skill to go along with the experience, with a chance to blast away a little bit and get physical from the start. There might not have been much happening with the ground attack last season, and it might not start to blow up right away against the Buckeyes, but the front five will become a strength.
With Smith as the head coach and Lindgren knowing how to get a passing game going, more will start to happen through the air, too.
This isn’t going to be your 2017 Oregon State Beaver offense, but even with almost all of the top tacklers coming back …
One Reason Why Ohio State Will Win
The Beaver defense is going to have its issues early on.
The new coaching staff will need a night-and-day improvement from a group that wasn’t able to do much of anything to come up with a third down stop. There’s size up front, and there are feisty hitters, but Buckeye offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson shouldn’t have a problem mixing things up.
Pounding away with the running game will be the easiest way to get everything rolling. The Beaver run defense isn’t going to be able to hold up as the first half goes on, the speedy and talented NFL-caliber backs should be able to rip off yards in chunks, and OSU should come up with third down conversion after third down conversion.
There might be growing up to do in certain spots on both sides of the ball but the talent is undeniable. Even if this isn’t a smooth start, the Buckeyes will have the explosion the Beavers won’t.
What’s Going To Happen
Get ready to see an ultra-focused Ohio State team that won’t have a lick of problems despite everything that’s going on.
Oregon State really will be stronger this year, and it’ll come up with a. good first half, but the Buckeye defense is going to dominate throughout, the offense will hit two home runs late in the second quarter, and this will open up big with both sides emptying the bench in the fourth.
It’ll be business as usual in Columbus.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Ohio State 50, Oregon State 15
Line: Ohio State -37, o/u: 64
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2.5
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