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Who you got? LGHL staff predicts the score of Ohio State-Minnesota

This season, the LGHL staff is competing to see who is the best prognosticator!

Indiana v Ohio State

One of the stories in the week following the 49-26 victory for the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes over the Indiana Hoosiers has been the health of OSU’s defense. With Nick Bosa already on the shelf for at least a few more weeks, head coach Urban Meyer announced this week that both Malik Harrison and Jonathon Cooper had been put in the concussion protocol.

As of now, we don’t know if either the linebacker or defensive end will play, but with more and more defensive starters going down each week, it is likely going to become more and more difficult for Greg Schiano and the defensive coaching staff to address the issues that the Buckeyes have had this year in giving up an inordinate amount of big plays.

We will see if OSU can make strides to tighten up the defense when they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers at noon ET on FS1.

Over the course of this season, we here at Land-Grant Holy Land are competing to see who the best prognosticator is on staff.

How this is working is that every week our writers and editors will predict what think the final score of the Ohio State game will be. If a forecaster foresees the game’s correct winner, he or she will receive 75 points. If the expert gets the score exactly right, they will receive a bonus 25 points. However, for every point that a prediction is off, one point will be subtracted—with a max total of 25 points getting subtracted. Get it? Got it? Good.

With every new week of predictions, we will update the standings, so that you can follow along and see who the best handicapper on the LGHL staff is. Current standings are below this week’s predictions.

Matt Brown

Ohio State 38, Minnesota 17
Season Point Total: 341

(He’s THE Matt Brown, he doesn’t need to give an explanation.)

Alexis Chassen

Ohio State 48, Minnesota 17
Season Point Total: 316

Because I’m in second to last place, and sure, why not.

Colton Denning

Ohio State 43, Minnesota 17
Season Point Total: 368

Three different receivers go over 100 yards and the defense forces three turnovers.

(Check out Thursday’s episode of “The Hangout in the Holy Land” podcast to get Colton’s insights)

Geoff Hammersley

Ohio State 41, Minnesota 14
Season Point Total: 307

There will be early success for Zack Annexstad, but the Buckeye defense eventually clamps down. And on offense, Dwayne Haskins does more Dwayne Haskins things for OSU.

Dan Hassler

Ohio State 51, Minnesota 10
Season Point Total: 330

While P.J. Fleck is gonna do and say anything he can to get his team ready to upset the Buckeyes this week, Ohio State runs away with this one early.

Meredith Hein

Ohio State 49, Minnesota 14
Season Point Total: 366

Minnesota will try (and be successful at times) airing it out against an Ohio State defense that’s shown a vulnerability for the big play, but Dwayne Haskins and company will keep humming all the way to a big win at home.

Caleb Houser

Ohio State 56, Minnesota 16
Season Point Total: 365

Dwayne Haskins throws for 4 TDs to the likes of Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, K.J. Hill, and Austin Mack. J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber find the running game as both run for a TD accounting for 170 yards together.

Tate Martell plays the majority of the 4th quarter and adds a score of his own.

Max Littman

Ohio State 56, Minnesota7
Season Point Total: 333

The massive new guy on the o-line won’t matter when Chase Young and the d-line start bulldozing. The linebackers pick up the slack and the offense shines.

Brett Ludwiczak

Ohio State 56, Minnesota 14
Season Point Total: 358

Last week, Ohio State played a pretty terrible first half defensively, and they still almost covered against Indiana. The Buckeyes won’t have the hangover from the Penn State game to deal with this week, which is bad news for Minnesota. Ohio State will harass walk-on quarterback Zack Annexstad all game long, forcing some turnovers to build off of last week’s defensive performance in the second half. The Buckeyes look sharp before hitting the road to take on Purdue next week.

Patrick Mayhorn

Ohio State 49, Minnesota 10
Season Point Total: 338

It’s a bit of a slow start for the Buckeyes, as Minnesota jumps to a 7-0 lead, but it’s all Ohio State from there on out, as they pull away before the first half is over. Minnesota’s defensive woes continue against Ohio State’s high-powered passing attack, and Ohio State’s defense has little to no issues with the woeful Golden Gophers.

Chad Peltier

Ohio State 45, Minnesota 14
Season Point Total: 348

I think we see a pretty similar performance as last week’s— lots of passing yards and a relatively inefficient run game with a big play or two. The defense will probably perform better than they did against Indiana, but I am a little concerned about the defensive line.

Matt Tamanini

Ohio State 53, Minnesota 10
Season Point Total: 358

Buckeye fans have been clamoring for more of a rushing game for weeks, and unfortunately, I don’t think that we’ll see it. The strength of the Gophers’ team has been in their rush defense this year, and while the defensive wheels have started to come off as they have gotten into the Big Ten portion of their schedule, it will be enough to keep the duo of Dobbins and Weber mostly in check. Dwayne Haskins on the other hand... not so much. I also think that the Ohio State coaching staff will be very careful with players— especially on the defensive side of the ball— nursing injuries. I would not be surprised to see Malik Harrison, Jonathon Cooper, Dre’Mont Jones, and perhaps others sit out most, or even all, of the game against the Gophers.

Dan Vest

Ohio State 41, Minnesota 16
Season Point Total: 354

I don’t expect the score to get ridiculous or anything, but this should be a pretty dominant win. If all goes as expected the starters will be on the sideline eating dilly bars by the fourth quarter.

Ok, after six weeks, let’s take a look as to how our staff’s picks are looking.

LGHL Predictions Scoreboard

Place LGHL Staff Total Points Week 7 Points Week 6 Points Week 5 Points Week 4 Points Week 3 Points Week 2 Points Week 1 Points
Place LGHL Staff Total Points Week 7 Points Week 6 Points Week 5 Points Week 4 Points Week 3 Points Week 2 Points Week 1 Points
1 Colton Denning 427 59 62 56 68 68 64 50
2 Meredith Hein 423 56 66 61 54 62 74 50
3 Dan Vest 416 62 58 63 58 61 64 50
4 Caleb Houser 415 50 62 66 65 55 67 50
5 Matt Tamanini 414 56 59 61 59 72 57 50
6 Brett Ludwiczak 408 50 61 59 61 62 65 50
Chad Peltier 408 60 66 55 54 73 50 50
8 Matt Brown 405 64 48 58 64 61 60 50
9 Patrick Mayhorn 398 60 69 50 44 64 61 50
10 Max Littman 391 58 41 62 57 56 67 50
11 Dan Hassler 388 58 55 57 51 65 52 50
12 Geoff Hammersley 371 64 64 0 64 74 55 50
13 Alexis Chassen 370 54 60 50 52 52 52 50

So, to recap our oddly overly complicated scoring system:

Correct Winner Prediction: 75 points
Perfect Prediction Bonus: 25 points
Point Total Deductions: Subtract 1 point for every point off total score (cap 25 points)