With a 77-10 win over Bowling Green in their season opener, the Ohio State Buckeyes moved up to the No. 4 spot in the AP Poll behind just Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. Now, the Buckeyes move on to week two facing the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Ohio State had a very promising start to its 2016 campaign, with a record-breaking wallop of Bowling Green on offense. Quarterback J.T. Barrett left little doubt as to his abilities, having accounted for seven of the team’s 10 offensive touchdowns. Curtis Samuel fit extremely well into his hybrid roll, scoring two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. And the youth on the team demonstrated that they are ready for the big stage in their opener, with impressive performances on both sides of the ball by the likes of Mike Weber, K.J. Hill and Rodjay Burns.
While many in Buckeye nation are looking ahead to next week, when Ohio State travels to Norman to face a now winless Oklahoma squad, Tulsa is not to be overlooked. Head coach Philip Montgomery, formerly Baylor’s offensive coordinator, has taken the team from a 2-10 record in 2014 to a 6-7 performance last season, culminating with an appearance in the Independence Bowl against Virginia Tech. The Golden Hurricane are now 1-0 on the young season, with a 35-point victory over San Jose State last week.
The Buckeyes can’t afford to look past Tulsa, and will need to close them out of the game early on both sides of the ball. With one game under their belt on the season, the young Ohio State team will need to continue to gel together and improve as they prepare for their big test against an angry Sooners team next week.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio Stadium
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
After opening the season at Lambeau Field with a shocking Wisconsin victory over LSU, the Gameday crew is heading to Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee for an ACC-SEC matchup between Virginia Tech and Tennessee. This is the first time that Gameday has opened the season at two neutral sites, and is the 75th-different city that Gameday has aired from. Tennessee moved out of the top-10 following a 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State, despite being 20.5 point favorites. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, comes to Bristol after a 36-13 win over Liberty.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
In the spirit of in-state rivalries, Penn State faces Pittsburgh at noon on ESPN in the first edition of a rivalry which was last played out in 2000. No. 16 Iowa itself faces Big 12 foe Iowa State at 7:30 on BTN. In other in-state matchups, Northwestern plays Illinois State at 3:30 on BTN, while Indiana takes on Ball State at 4:00 on ESPN News. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, at noon, Michigan will take on UCF on ABC, while Cincinnati faces off against Purdue on BTN as part of its potential bid to join the Big 12. Wisconsin follows up its big win over LSU with a matchup against Akron at 3:30 on BTN. In the conference’s only other night game, Illinois will face an 0-and-1 North Carolina squad at 7:30 on BTN.
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