It may have been a slow start versus Indiana, but the Ohio State Buckeyes worked out the kinks and pulled out an impressive win in week one. Now, it’s on to the non-conference matchup we’ve been waiting for all offseason, as the Oklahoma Sooners comes to town.
The game is a rematch of last year’s one-sided matchup in Norman, in which the Buckeyes routed Oklahoma 45-21 behind an epic performance from receiver Noah Brown. Of course, the Sooners have been undefeated since that very game. And tonight’s matchup against Ohio State is expected to be much closer than the previous iteration.
After Baker Mayfield’s nearly perfect performance at quarterback for the Sooners (he completed 19-of-20 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns against UTEP), the Oklahoma offense looks ready to put up major points against a Power-5 opponent. It will also be the first major test for first-year Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, who took over the program over the summer after longtime coach Bob Stoops announced his retirement.
On the Ohio State side, the defensive line proved just as dominant as expected in their opening game against Indiana, but it is the secondary that could prove to be the difference maker against the Sooners. After getting off to a rough start versus the Hoosiers, the trio of new starters, anchored by safety Damon Webb, found something of a rhythm against Indiana’s receivers.They will need to rely on the front seven to pressure Mayfield and take some of the pressure off.
If Indiana was a test case for the 2017 team, this matchup is the real thing.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Columbus, OH
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this week?
For the second week in a row, College GameDay will be covering an Ohio State game. Really, it’s the fourth-straight game that the pregame show has covered, dating back to last season. The Buckeyes are 26-12 when GameDay visits their matchup, including an 11-4 mark in Columbus. Lee Corso is an overall 20-10 when picking Brutus for the win.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to this weekend?
With Purdue having faced off against Ohio last night, there are 13 Big Ten games on the slate for the day, kicked off by five noon matchups. On ABC, No. 8 Michigan takes on Cincinnati, while Northwestern heads to Duke (ESPNU) and Iowa has in-state rival Iowa State (ESPN2). On BTN, No. 9 Wisconsin gets Florida Atlantic while Maryland plays Towson. At 3:30, No. 4 Penn State plays Pittsburgh at home on ABC, while Indiana travels to Virginia on ESPNU.
Michigan State faces Western Michigan and Rutgers plays Eastern Michigan, both on BTN. Nebraska travels to Oregon at 4:30 on FOX before the Ohio State game kicks off. Capping things off is Illinois vs. Western Kentucky at 8 p.m. on BTN and Minnesota at Oregon State at 10 p.m. on FS1.
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