Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Oklahoma Face Difficult Road Test Against Ohio State

Oklahoma Face Difficult Road Test Against Ohio State

Alabama, led by sophomore QB Jalen Hurts, is however 8-1 ATS in its last nine games in Week 1. And sometimes it defines seasons, such as in 2012, when Iowa State last played in a bowl game. They are riding the nation's longest ongoing win streak, an 11-game stretch that started the week after they fell to the Buckeyes 45-24. Hopefully, we'll see less petty trolling from the two teams on Twitter and more action on the field.

For two-and-a-half quarters of football, the Hoosiers seemed to expose the second-ranked Buckeyes, even though Ohio State's 29 unanswered points and 49-21 win suggested otherwise. While Lagow is a talented pocket passer, IN chose to use quicker passes to help negate Ohio State's pass rush. Barrett and Mayfield are held to an impossible standard, one that isn't validated until they hold up a national championship trophy.

Defensive end Tyquan Lewis made two of the sacks last week and is poised for a monster season after making eight sacks past year. No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners.

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A year ago, Mayfield completed 17 of 32 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State. Barrett and Mayfield share a common link - their only College Football Playoff appearance as a starter resulted in a loss to Clemson.

Here's why Ohio State will beat Oklahoma on Saturday night.

Let me get down to the brass tax in this one.

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Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano believes line play will ultimately determine the outcome. "You go back and watch it after the game". Saturday's game takes place from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The Notre Dame volleyball program will play a home-and-home series this weekend with No. 24 Ohio State. "The big games like this, you see how physical you are". The Sooners are better suited for this role than in 2016, when many initially saw this game as a virtual draw with Ohio State favored by 1.5. Four of the last five games in this matchup have gone under.

On defense, the Sooners finished 68th nationally a year ago in points allowed per game, but the bulk of their struggles came in the early part of the season. "I'm definitely a guy that can do that". "Thirty-eight plays of no gain or lost yardage".

Ohio State's offense also started slowly at IN but picked up steam behind the running of true freshman J.K. Dobbins, who gained 181 yards IN his college debut, and J.T. Barrett's 304 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer plans to use both backs but hasn't decided on a rotation.

Really, though, the Buckeyes were mostly fine in pass defense. I think Bob Diaco's defense will show up to play, but first-year QB Tanner Lee will wobble in the Autzen smoke. "They're big dudes. Looking forward to a great matchup with them".

But if OU wants to truly erase the hurt from previous year, if they want to validate themselves as a team capable of being special, of winning a national championship, they'll have to arrive in Columbus ready to brawl: just like they were at the end of last season.

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