Ohio State is back on track after a decisive win over Army last weekend. Today’s matchup against UNLV will be the Buckeyes’ final tuneup before Big Ten play begins in earnest next week. This game will mark the first time in program history that Ohio State has faced off against the Rebels.
The Buckeyes are favored by nearly 40 points over UNLV, who lost spectacularly to Howard in Week One when the Rebels themselves were 45-point favorites--the biggest favorite ever to lose.
While UNLV has amassed more than 550 yards per game so far this season, they have yet to face a defense like the Buckeyes’. And Ohio State has the added bonus of defensing against the spread, rather than the trickier triple-option that Army threw at them last week.
On the offensive side of the ball, Ohio State can continue to tune its offense. After getting back on track with the run game last week, we can expect to see a continued evolution of the offense, perhaps even with some downfield passes thrown in there.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 23, 12 p.m.
Location: Columbus, OH
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay today?
For the first time ever, College Gameday is headed to Times Square in New York City. There is no game there, although Columbia is facing off with Georgetown elsewhere in the city. Sorry to No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 16 TCU, who are playing in an actual ranked matchup today.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to this weekend?
Ohio State’s matchup is the only noon game today, with six teams starting conference play and four teams on an open week. At 3 p.m., Maryland takes on UCF on FS1. At 3:30 p.m., Rutgers heads to Nebraska, while Indiana faces Georgia Southern, both on BTN.
Later in the afternoon, No. 8 Michigan travels to West Lafayette to play Purdue at 4 p.m. on FOX.
In the evening, Iowa gets No. 4 Penn State in Kinnick Stadium at 7:30 on ABC. Michigan State, meanwhile, faces Notre Dame at 8 p.m. on FOX.
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