The Ohio State Buckeyes are ready for their second game of the Ryan Day era as they prepare to take on Luke Fickell’s Cincinnati squad.
The Buckeyes opened the 2019 season with a 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic. Ohio State didn’t quite beat its 28-point spread, but it was still a solid first game considering the personnel changes -- both on the field and on the sidelines -- compared to 2018. Most prominently, Justin Fields seemed to be everything Ohio State could have hoped for, throwing for 229 yards and five touchdowns in his first game as a Buckeye. On the other side of the ball, the linebackers, who’d caused so much concern in years’ past, finally seemed to be gelling together.
For Cincinnati, Fickell, whom of course Ohio State fans remember both from his playing days in Columbus and his single season as interim head coach in 2011, is entering his third season as head coach of the bearcats, and has already markedly improved the program since his arrival. After going just 4-8 in his inaugural season, Fickell posted an 11-2 record last year, including a win in the Military Bowl over Virginia Tech.
This season, Cincinnati posted an impressive win over UCLA Thursday night of week one. In all, the Bearcats allowed a mere 62 rushing yards all game against the Bruins. Ohio State’s young offensive line will certainly have to learn quickly to give J.K. Dobbins room against the solid rushing defense.
The Buckeyes are 16-point favorites over the Bearcats in the pair’s 17th all-time matchup. Ohio State holds a 14-2 advantage in the duel. After a solid start against FAU last week, the Buckeyes will have a much tougher test against the Bearcats this afternoon.
When is the game and how can I watch?
Game Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 7, 12 p.m. ET
Location: Columbus, OH
Online: Watch ESPN
Radio: 97.1 FM/1460 AM
Where is GameDay this weekend?
The crew is headed to Austin, Texas ahead of No. 9 Texas’ matchup with No. 6 LSU. After opening the season at Walt Disney World and spending last week at Cowboys Stadium, this game is the first of the season that’s actually originating from one of the competing teams’ home turf. This week marks GameDay’s seventh visit to Austin, but the first since 2009. Saturday also marks Lee Corso’s 333rd headgear pick. In all, he’s picked the Longhorns 11 times and the Tigers 18. And if you’re interested, Matthew McConaughey is the guest picker.
What’s the rest of the Big Ten up to today?
In all, 13 Big Ten teams are scheduled to see action Saturday (Northwestern being the lone exception). Things kick off at noon with No. 7 Michigan facing Army on FOX, Rutgers travelling to No. 20 Iowa on FS1, Maryland battling No. 21 Syracuse on ESPN and Purdue taking on Vanderbilt on BTN.
In the 3:30 p.m. EST spot, No. 17 Wisconsin faces Central Michigan on BTN, No. 25 Nebraska travels to Colorado on FOX, Illinois heads to UConn on CBSSN and Indiana takes on Eastern Illinois on BTN.
The Big Ten has two primetime games, featuring No. 15 Penn State versus Buffalo on FOX and No. 19 Michigan State against Western Michigan on BTN, both at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Finally, Minnesota travels to Fresno State at 10:30 p.m. EST on CBSSN. Because the Pac-12.
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