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

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

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The good thing about marquee, primetime games is that the team has the chance to impression a nationwide audience of fans, voters, and recruits. The bad thing is that you have to wait all dang day to get to kickoff. Well, today, Buckeye Nation will have to remain patient until 8 p.m. ET for the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes to take on the No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Both teams come into the game 2-0, after easily dispatching their first pair of opponents. Gary Patterson’s squad is still looking for revenge after the Buckeyes jumped the Frogs into the first College Football Playoffs in 2014. However, OSU is feeling very at home at this “neutral” venue, having won the playoffs and last season’s Cotton Bowl in Jerry’s World. Will they make it three in a row? Our writers and editors sure seem to think so.

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 33, TCU 21
Season Point Total: 110

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

Alexis Chassen

Ohio State 63, TCU 28
Season Point Total: 102

TCU might have a fast offense, but the Buckeyes have the best defensive line in the country. It wouldn’t surprise me if a few of TCU’s skill players get behind the line and end up getting into the end zone, but I don’t think it’s nearly as close of a game as some are expecting. Ohio State has some swagger heading into Week 3, and I have no doubt that Dwayne Haskins and his plethora of receivers will ball-out in Arlington.

Colton Denning

Ohio State 41, TCU 20
Season Point Total: 114


Geoff Hammersley

Ohio State 44, TCU 23
Season Point Total: 105

OSU dominates the line of scrimmage on offense, leading to Dobbins having a big day in Big D. Haskins does more Haskins things, but TCU makes life a little bit trickier than what we’ve seen from the other two opponents this season.

Dan Hassler

Ohio State 38, TCU 20
Season Point Total: 102

I think Ohio State wins this game in the trenches. I see the Buckeyes winning the game up front on both sides of the ball, leading to J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber having solid outings. I think the defense gives up a couple big plays to TCU’s athletic offensive weapons, but Haskins has a solid outing in his first start against a ranked opponent, and leads OSU to victory.

Meredith Hein

Ohio State 34, TCU 21
Season Point Total: 124

TCU’s defense is the toughest Ohio State has faced all year, but Haskins and company will spread the field and overmatch the Horned Frogs by the second half. However, Shawn Robinson will score points for Gary Patterson’s squad, and expect a special teams TD for the other side.

Caleb Houser

Ohio State 31, TCU 17
Season Point Total: 117

Ohio State is able to run the ball well against TCU due to a size advantage in the trenches. Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins both score TDs and tally up 185 yards of combined rushing.

Dwayne Haskins throws for 200 yards and two TDs--one to Johnnie Dixon and the other to Terry McClaurin, to give the offense another very balanced attack.

The defense gives up a pair of rushing TDs— including one to QB Shawn Robinson— but holds strong for the most part. Nick Bosa and Chase Young each tally one sack and dominate their side of the ball.

Each team hits a FG, but in the end Ohio State prevails and proves they’re a top-4 playoff type contender.

Max Littman

Ohio State 52, TCU 35
Season Point Total: 67

The Ohio State offense and play calling under Ryan Day is looking so incredibly high-powered that I doubt anyone in the country can stop it. TCU can and will put up points, especially on an untested OSU secondary, but Jerry’s World is as close to a home-away-from-home that OSU can have and I will be there watching the Bucks win live and in person!

Brett Ludwiczak

Ohio State 38, TCU 17
Season Point Total: 115

The player who I think could make the biggest impact in this game is J.K. Dobbins, who is returning to his home state for the second time as a Buckeye. The sophomore fares a lot better than he did in the Cotton Bowl against USC, where he rushed for just 39 yards on 13 carries. Ohio State erases any doubt in the middle of the second half and go up by two touchdowns and don’t look back.

Patrick Mayhorn

Ohio State 49, TCU 28
Season Point Total: 111

TCU’s defense keeps the game close through three quarters despite good performances by Dwayne Haskins and J.K. Dobbins. Up by a touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter, Ohio State finally takes over, scoring on two big plays and shutting down the TCU offense on the way to a 49-28 victory, though the score doesn’t reflect how close most of the game will actually be.

Chad Peltier

Ohio State 42, TCU 24
Season Point Total: 50

Matt Tamanini

Ohio State 41, TCU 24
Season Point Total: 107

There is no doubt that No. 15 TCU is going to present challenges to Ohio State on both offense and defense that they haven’t yet seen this season— outside of intra-squad scrimmages, of course. Horned Frogs QB Shawn Robinson will use his feet to extend drives, and he will quickly get rid of the ball to his arsenal of weapons in order to put pressure on the inexperienced linebackers in open space. However, ultimately, the suffocating defensive line will keep them at bay more often than not, and Dwayne Haskins will use this game to officially put himself at the top of the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Dan Vest

Ohio State 34, TCU 20
Season Point Total: 114

TCU will get its punches in and may even lead early, but in the end, the team with the better players will pull away, and Ohio State will win relatively comfortably.

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

LGHL Predictions Scoreboard

LGHL Staff Total Points Week 4 Points Week 3 Points Week 2 Points Week 1 Points
LGHL Staff Total Points Week 4 Points Week 3 Points Week 2 Points Week 1 Points
Colton Denning 250 68 68 64 50
Geoff Hammersley 243 64 74 55 50
Meredith Hein 240 54 62 74 50
Matt Tamanini 238 59 72 57 50
Brett Ludwiczak 238 61 62 65 50
Caleb Houser 237 65 55 67 50
Matt Brown 235 64 61 60 50
Dan Vest 233 58 61 64 50
Max Littman 230 57 56 67 50
Chad Peltier 227 54 73 50 50
Patrick Mayhorn 219 44 64 61 50
Dan Hassler 218 51 65 52 50
Alexis Chassen 206 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)