We’re only two weeks into the 2017 season, but Ohio State is already facing their second big-time test. After starting the season in conference play on the road and beating Indiana —in what was probably IU’s biggest regular season game of the last decade— the Buckeyes welcome fifth-ranked Oklahoma to Columbus, in a rematch of last year’s game in Norman.
You can bet the Sooners haven’t forgotten about their 21-point loss at home, and despite losing a ton of talent in the NFL Draft, OU is still the favorite to win the Big 12, and make a run at the College Football Playoff. They looked the part in Week 1, blasting UTEP 56-7 in new head coach Lincoln Riley’s first game, but how will they fare in a trip to Ohio Stadium?
On this episode of The Hangout in the Holy Land, Colton Denning and Matt Brown break down how confident they are in Ohio State’s chances on Saturday night, and everything they’re watching for, including:
- Whether the offensive line can get a better push than they did against Indiana.
- Why Ohio State’s linebackers and safeties figure to be more involved this week due to OU’s style of play.
- How much the defensive line can pressure OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, and cause the same mistakes we saw in last year’s game.
- How Kevin Wilson utilizes the running game with Mike Weber fully healthy and J.K. Dobbins‘ emergence.
The guys also look around the country at a loaded slate of games, and talk about why they think Auburn can beat Clemson, whether Stanford will knock off USC again, and of course, EL ASSICO.
You can find the podcast on our iTunes page, and we encourage reviews, comments, criticisms, etc. to help us deliver the best possible audio product. The more we hear from you, the better we can make it. We’re also on Soundcloud, and you can subscribe via RSS on your Android and Windows Phone devices here.