The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes owned their first two games of the season against Oregon State and Rutgers. Now, the Buckeyes head to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for a rare neutral site game against the No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs, even though the game will be played less than 18.5 miles from TCU’s campus. It will be Ryan Day’s final game as interim head coach for Ohio State, and he’ll be facing Gary Patterson, the second-longest tenured head coach in the FBS.
The two teams have not squared off since 1973, when Woody Hayes’ Ohio State squad crushed Billy Tohill’s Horned Frogs 37-3. The teams have only played six times in program history, with Ohio State holding a 4-1-1 record over TCU. This time, Ohio State is a 13-point favorite over the Horned Frogs, who finished second in the Big 12 last season behind Oklahoma.
Sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins has proven to be far more than just adequate through two games this season, racking up more than 500 yards passing, and throwing for nine touchdowns, despite sitting for nearly all of the second half in both games. Receivers like Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin have been reliable from both short and long range, while Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins have balanced the much-improved passing attack with a consistent and reliable ground game.
TCU enters the game with a 2-0 record, with double-digit wins against Southern and SMU. The Horned Frogs are breaking in sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson, the first truly dual-threat quarterback the Buckeyes have faced this season. On the other side of the ball, TCU boasts the best defense in the Big 12— one that will likely challenge Haskins and his downfield passing game in particular. The Horned Frogs also bring special teams star KaVontae Turpin, who leads TCU in receiving yards this season, and has already scored a special teams touchdown this season.
The matchup will be the toughest of Ohio State’s young season, and will test Day and company on both sides of the ball. Haskins and the offense in particular will need to step up against the most stout defense they have seen all year.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m.
Location: Arlington, Texas
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
Despite the game being played 18 miles away, ESPN’s “College GameDay” is broadcasting live from TCU’s campus ahead of the Horned Frogs’ matchup with Ohio State. This visit marks the third time that “GameDay” has visited TCU.
WWE Universal Champion— and former Georgia Tech All-ACC defensive end Roman Reigns (Joe Anoaʻi) was announced to be the guest picker for the day. Importantly, Lee Corso, currently sitting at 2-0 on the year, is 18-8 all-time when picking Brutus Buckeye in his headgear selection.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
Most of the Big Ten is in the final week of non-conference play today, beginning with a quintet of noon matchups. Kicking things off, No. 11 Penn State hosts Kent State on FS1 and Rutgers travels to Kansas. On BTN, Indiana faces Ball State, Nebraska plays Troy, and Maryland hosts Temple.
At 3:30 p.m., No. 6 Wisconsin gets BYU at home on ABC. In the same time slot, No. 19 Michigan plays 0-2 SMU, Miami (OH) travels to Minnesota, and Illinois plays South Florida at Soldier Field, all on BTN.
At 7:30 p.m. Missouri travels to Purdue, Northwestern battles Akron, and Iowa faces Northern Iowa, also on BTN.
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