“Dobbins is used to putting on a show in Texas. He hopes to do so again when No. 4 Ohio State plays No. 15 TCU on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That’s a big stage, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. This will be the second time Dobbins has played there in about nine months.”
This Ohio State roster is infused with more talent from the Lone Star State than ever before. The official roster lists seven(!) Texas products, and while two of them (Matthew Baldwin and Ellijah Gardiner) aren’t expected to play much, the other five will be key in Ohio State’s matchup with TCU tomorrow. Those five, of course, are Jeffrey Okudah, Kendall Sheffield, Demetrius Knox, Baron Browning, and the topic of Bill’s excellent article: JK Dobbins.
It’s been a bit of a slow start for Dobbins, as he hasn’t topped the hundred yard mark yet this season, but Ohio State really hasn’t needed him to. He will be needed quite a bit as the Buckeyes take on the Horned Frogs and their excellent defense, and if Dobbins (and Mike Weber) can get going early, it would be a huge boost for the Buckeye offense.
“Browning’s father, Barry Sr., played defensive back for TCU in the late 1990s, including one season under then-assistant Gary Patterson. And Browning is close friends with TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson.”
While Ohio State’s offense against TCU’s defense is probably the most interesting matchup in Saturday’s game, the most important is probably the inverse. Ohio State’s defense has struggled a bit early on this year, specifically against Oregon State in Week 1, and there are certainly plenty of fair concerns about this unit.
Most of those concerns fall to the linebackers. The linebacker play on this team last year was, let’s face it, dreadful at times, and was a huge part in Ohio State’s losses to both Oklahoma and Iowa. While TCU doesn’t have the tight end play, or the quarterback to exploit the middle of this defense like those teams did, it will still be a huge test for the back seven of this defense.
We know the line is going to be awesome. The bigger question, and what may actually decide the game, is if the linebackers, corners and safeties can keep the TCU passing offense contained. To do that’s they’ll need to be able to shut down the middle of the field, and keep speedy playmakers like KaVontae Turpin contained. That’s way easier said than done.
“Both the men’s and women’s 2018 cross country teams will be back in action this Saturday. The 2018 edition of the Commodore Classic will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn. This will be the 15th annual running of the Commodore Classic. Men will run their first 8k of the season at 10 a.m. E.T. and the Women will run a 5k at 11 a.m. E.T.”
It’s a big weekend for the cross country teams, as the men’s team looks to build on their first place finish at last Saturday’s meet in Cookeville, Tenn., while the women’s team looks to jump back into the top 30 nationally after dropping out in the most recent rankings.
This weekend’s meet features some of the nation’s top teams, including the Middle Tennessee State men’s team, which comes in to the meet ranked 19th in the country. Throw in Big Ten foe Illinois and in-state rival Xavier, and you’ve got a recipe for a huge weekend in cross-country, at “one of the most scenic and challenging [courses] in the Southeast”
Buckeyes in the NFL
While the full NFL slate for Week 2 doesn’t kick off for another two days, a few Buckeyes got in on the action in last night’s matchup between the Bengals and the Ravens, as two Buckeye rookies, Billy Price and Sam Hubbard, suited up for Cincinnati.
It was a huge day for Hubbard, as he picked up five tackles, two of which came for a loss, and his first sack of his NFL career. Hubbard has gotten off to an excellent start this season, and is establishing himself as one of the steals of the draft very early in his young career.
Former Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard just recorded his first NFL sack in his second career game with the Cincinnati Bengals.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) September 14, 2018
The news for Billy Price was significantly less encouraging. While he started the game at center for the Bengals, he suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the game. According to SBNation’s Cincy Jungle, Price should be good to go for the Bengals matchup with the Panthers next Sunday.