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5 reasons why Buckeyes will beat Oklahoma

08 September 2017, 12:43 | Stacy Ballard

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Ohio State went to Oklahoma past year and beat the Sooners, 45-24, in a prime-time nationally televised game.

Every aspect of the game environment will differ from Saturday's blowout at Owen Field, from the College Football Playoff implications, to the challenges of playing on the road in Ohio Stadium, to dealing with the massive spotlight. ABC will be showing the contest for your viewing pleasure. The Sooners came out on fire, jumping to a big lead at half-time and never looked back. The Nittany Lions are out to avenge last season's loss.

Ohio State has a tough conference schedule this year, having to play both Penn State and Michigan State at home and Michigan on the road, with the Nittany Lions and Wolverines now ranked fourth and eighth in the AP Poll, respectively.

"They have the same coordinator on both sides of the ball", Meyer said.

In 2014, the Buckeyes dropped their second game of the year, their home opener, 35-21 to the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Oklahoma got plenty of production from their pass catchers in their easy win over the Miners on Saturday.

In fact, the biggest concern for the Buckeyes' defense may not be the Sooners' wide receivers, but their playmaking tight ends.

It's highly unlikely the Sooners forgot about that loss, so they'll be very eager to march into the Horseshoe and return the favor against the Buckeyes. Oklahoma State had 640 total yards and 59 points against Tulsa. As a result, three of the crew found their way into the back of the end zone. "Wins are hard and we appreciate this one and it was a fun one".

For the game, Mayfield, backup (and former Texas A&M transfer) Kyler Murray and redshirt freshman Tanner Schafer combined for 396 passing yards on 32 completions with just four misfires. This week, it's Ohio State's turn. Miller, who finished fifth as a sophomore and ninth as a junior, missed the 2014 season with an injury, then returned in 2015 but mostly as a receiver after Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett took over at quarterback. The quick emergence of true freshman Chase Hayden (120 yards on 14 carries in his debut) and addition of SC transfer David Williams have given the Razorbacks have three solid runners. He also rushed for 61 yards on 13 carries. Parris Campbell caught six passes for 136 yards and a touchdown as well. When the dust had settled, they had recorded five sacks and two interceptions.

"They got us a year ago, " Mayfield said. At 10-2, they had reeled off 9 wins in a row since the Ohio State debacle.

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When he wasn't exhausting himself this summer, Price was tucked behind a desk in the Columbus offices of Mast Global making sure that some of the world's most recognizable brands of fancy soap and lingerie were getting where they needed to go. I am taking the points with Oklahoma in this match-up. I'll take my chances on the over hitting again on Saturday.

Andrews and Mayfield have been connecting since 2014, when they were on scout team together. That could mean big trouble for a young and inexperienced secondary. Duke just threw up 60 on N.C. Central and had a relaxing time doing it.

The league said schools could adjust game times or dates if necessary, citing a desire to maintain "the safety of student-athletes and fans as a priority".

Ohio State could very well lose a Big Ten game before it travels to Ann Arbor, so this weekend's game against Oklahoma could be the difference between MI facing a top-five team and a team ranked closer to 10.

The game's total sits at 64.5 and this also makes flawless sense to me. So, choose your bet.

VanHaaren: I underestimated Iowa's defense in Week 1 and chose Wyoming over Iowa. The Cardinal are a flawless 4-0 ATS in their last four road games.

The Sooners are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.

There is only one Big 12 nonconference game left with a currently-ranked opponent: Texas goes to USC on September 16. 17 of its last 24 games as an underdog.

The Over is 4-0 in the Buckeyes last 4 games on fieldturf. Look for a closer game than in 2016, but still a Buckeyes win.



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