With a 48-3 win over Tulsa, the Ohio State Buckeyes seem to have found a rhythm on both sides of the ball. However, that groove will be tested in what was, before the season, thought to be the Buckeyes biggest test of the year against the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners. The Buckeyes are 1-1 all-time versus Oklahoma, with the last matchup played in 1977. Oklahoma comes into the game having handily defeated Louisiana Monroe after falling in week one to Tom Herman’s sixth-ranked Houston Cougars, dropping once-third-ranked Oklahoma out of the top-10 entirely.
While the odds seem to have shifted in Ohio State’s favor, the Buckeyes will face a tough road match against an Oklahoma squad that is 41-2 in non-conference matchups under Bob Stoops at home. The Sooners return quarterback Baker Mayfield, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting last season and led his team to an appearance in the College Football Playoff. Mayfield already has five touchdowns with no interceptions on the season, and that is without playing the second half against Louisiana Monroe. Oklahoma has also put together a strong rushing attack, piling up 358 yards on the ground through two games.
For the Buckeyes, what began as an unexpected flurry of offensive and defensive firepower against Bowling Green in week one was solidified against Tulsa, with key playmakers on both sides of the ball continuing to perform at a high level. J.T. Barrett seems to be more on his 2014-form, while Curtis Samuel, Mike Weber and Malik Hooker have stepped up into their new roles.
In some aspects, this game is a must-win for the Buckeyes, who need the non-conference credibility for the College Football Playoff committee before heading into Big Ten play. It will also be a reality check for the young team for the level of play that they can expect down the road against the likes of Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 17,
7:30 9 p.m.
Location: Norman, OK
Online: FOX Sports Go
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
Though many would have thought Gameday would head to Norman this week, the crew is going to Louisville for the first time in the show’s history as the 10th-ranked Cardinals face off against the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (interestingly, Lee Corso, who graduated from Florida State, coached Louisville from 1969-72). Louisville opened the season with massive wins over both Charlotte and Syracuse, while Florida State already has a big win over No. 19 Ole Miss.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
In a potential sleeper, No. 13 Iowa takes on FCS champion North Dakota State at noon on ESPN2. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, No. 9 Wisconsin faces Georgia State at noon, while No. 4 Michigan faces Colorado at 3:30, both on BTN. In a rematch from last year’s upset, Penn State plays Temple at noon on BTN. Nebraska faces No. 22 Oregon at 3:30 on ABC. In the conference’s other premiere night game, No. 12 Michigan State takes on No. 18 Notre Dame on NBC.
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