Ohio State (2-0) at Oklahoma (1-1)
When: Saturday, September 17th 2016
Where: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Time: 7:30 ET | TV: FOX
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The Ohio State Buckeyes face their first big task of the season when they play the Oklahoma Sooners for just the third time ever. Oklahoma bounced back from a Week 1 loss at Houston and pounded UL Monroe 59-17 behind 640 yards of total offense. Quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for three touchdowns in the first half before sitting out the rest of the game. Joe Mixon led the Oklahoma rushing attack with 117 yards on 13 attempts while Samaje Perine added a pair of rushing scores. Against visiting non-conference opponents, the Sooners are 41-2 under coach Bob Stoops, but will come in as slight underdogs in this matchup. Jordan Evans and Neville Gallimore combined for 18 tackles versus ULM, but will have their work cut out for them against Ohio State’s dynamic offense.
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The Buckeyes took care of Bowling Green and Tulsa at home and will hit the road for the first time. Ohio State currently has the 5th ranked offense and defense in the nation. Ohio State is coming off a 48-3 rout of Tulsa in which Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore each returned an interception for a touchdown. Overall, the defense allowed just 188 yards and forced six turnovers. The Buckeyes used the passing attack in their Week 1 win over Bowling Green as J.T. Barrett threw for six touchdowns. Then last week they showed off their rushing attack as Mike Weber rushed for 92 yards and a score, Curtis Samuel added 78 yards on eight carries and Barrett rushed for a pair of scores. Ohio State has won 18 straight road games – a school record and the longest active streak in the nation.
I expect this to be one of the better games of the day. Ohio State has a young team, but they’re very talented. Oklahoma can score, but I think they’ll have trouble in this one. Bob Stoops’ teams never seem to win the big game. I’m taking Ohio State in this one.
Pick: Ohio State -1
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