Ohio State vs. Minnesota fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 13
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Ohio State (6-0) vs. Minnesota (3-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Ohio State Will Win
The Minnesota secondary has gone bye-bye.
The D couldn’t handle the run against Maryland, and it couldn’t deal with the Iowa passing game the week after. It struggled against New Mexico State and Fresno State, too, and now it’s about to deal with the red hot Dwayne Hoskins and a Buckeye passing game that’s ripping everyone apart.
Ohio State might not have been razor sharp against Indiana last week, but it still put up 49 points, and it still got 455 yards and six scores from Haskins and the special array of skill parts.
Minnesota doesn’t have the firepower to keep up.
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
Grind … grind … grind …
Ohio State can strike like lightning, and it can go from close game to blowout on two throws, but the Gophers have to do whatever possible to slow the game down to a dead stop. They can’t let the game get away from them early on.
Overall, the defense has been okay so far – it’s got a good line, and it’s getting strong play from Thomas Barber and the linebacking corps that has to keep the Ohio State running backs from coming up with big gashes.
The Buckeyes have a way of going into lulls from time to time. The Gophers have to get to the first quarter still alive, and they need their running game to rise up and do something without Rodney Smith.
As good as Ohio State has been, the running game has been just okay. Prevent the home run, hold up against JK Dobbins and Mike Weber, and keep the ball for well over 35 minutes.
What’s Going To Happen
The Ohio State offense gets all the love, but this week will be about the defense.
The Buckeyes will be all over the Minnesota running game that’s done nothing since losing Smith, and Zack Annexstad will ruin anything positive with picks. He has given up six in the last two games with the passing attack needing to come through, and it’s not going to happen in Columbus, either.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Ohio State 44, Minnesota 13
Line: Ohio State -29.5, o/u: 59.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 2
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