(6)Oklahoma @ (2)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State -7 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick OSU: Think this one will be much closer than last year, and a Sooner upset would not surprise me. I guess I will believe Mike Weber is playing when I actually see him play, but a 1-2 punch of Dobbins/Weber would really help I think. Downfield passing still a major concern, but I think the Bucks make enough big plays to get it done. Ohio State 35 Oklahoma 31
Cory: Games like this are always so hard for me to predict with any accuracy. I try to think as objectively as possible and do so without the homer googles on, but it's impossible to completely remove all bias. Oklahoma looked amazing last week under first year head coach Lincoln Riley, largely because of the play of quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield went 19-for-20 for 329 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he didn't even play in the second half. Ohio State had the tougher test in week one, having to go on the road against a feisty Indiana team. The Buckeyes need to more inconsistent in the passing game to live up to their potential. Oklahoma will be without the services of nickel corner Jordan Parker, who suffered a season-ending knee injury to UTEP last week. Oklahoma will want revenge for what the Buckeyes did in Norman last year, but the Buckeyes depth and defense should help them overcome a strong challenge from the Sooners. Ohio State 38, Oklahoma 35
Dave: OSU 42 - Oklahoma 21
Gregg: Ohio State is one of the greatest football teams of all time and in particular, they have a great home record. But they are 0-5-1 at home against non-conference opponents, who are ranked in the top 5. They have not won a non-conference night game since 2003. And in their series with the Sooners, the home team has NEVER won. I say it is about time we change all those trends! JT Barrett needs to have a great game and the receivers need to hold on to the ball and make some big catches (a la Noah Brown style). This will allow the running game to once again bloom, like it did in the second half of week 1. As for the defense, the back 7 need to give the D-line time to get to Mayfield. One of these quarterbacks is going to jump to the top of the Heisman watch list Saturday. I am going to give the edge to the better coach in this one but it is going to be closer than most people think. Ohio State 31 Oklahoma 24
Jason: What might be the last chance for the Big 12 to state their case for a playoff appearance takes place in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday night as 2 of college football’s blue blood programs get after it as Oklahoma invades Ohio Stadium to take on Ohio State. It needs the elite program to represent and be who most think they are. If they lose, they become a long shot to play in the playoff, win and they’re in the driver’s seat.
Oklahoma boasts one of college football’s best quarterback’s in Baker Mayfield. He has the resume as a Heisman finalist a year ago, he is one of the favorites this season and he did not disappoint a week ago against UTEP, completing 19-of-20 passes for 329 yards and three TD’s. His outing a year ago at home against the Buckeyes did not go well and he’s looking for redemption this time around. He will have to get the ball out quick to elude the powerful Ohio State D Line, but if he can, the young Buckeye secondary will be challenged once again.
For Ohio State, Mike Weber is back, joining freshman J.K. Dobbins, who broke out in his first game as a Buckeye to the tune of 184 yards on the ground. That duo has a chance to be the top backfield tandem in the country and with another Heisman candidate in J.T. Barrett running the show, the Oklahoma D will be tested. If Barrett is able to hit a deep throw or two, it could be a long day for the Sooners. I expect both QB’s to be very good, but the difference will be the running games. Oklahoma will struggle against the Buckeye front and become one dimensional, while the high powered Buckeye offense will dominate the line of scrimmage leading Ohio State to a win in their first big challenge of the year.
Joe-S-U: Ohio State
John: Fun fact: Ohio State has never beaten an out of conference opponent ranked in the top 5 in the polls in Columbus. Given that Pickerington Central HS would have given OU a better test that UTEP last week, it’s hard to gauge if OU’s D is really any better than the one JTB IV torched last year. Look for OSU to reap the benefit of playing a tougher week one opponent. Buck pull away late…Ohio State 38 Oklahoma 17
Josh: Oklahoma took care of business early the this past Saturday against UTEP, and Mayfield got to rest early for this game. They will want to seek revenge from last years home loss to the Buckeyes in a game that really wasn't as close as the final score seemed to have shone. Ohio State had a slow start for the first 2 and half quarters against Indiana, but once they opened it up, they piled it on, which at this time of year they needed to do. In November, people won't remember as much the Buckeyes struggled those quarters but the final score and the spread. Our secondary will be really tested against this strong passing offense, and hopefully they can correct the mistakes from Indiana, of course they were able to get two interceptions. I think the key to this game will be if the defensive line can get pressure fast enough and rattle Mayfield like they were able to last year, and if our offense can connect on the deep ball and not have to rely on the running game as much. GameDay will be here for this one and it should be electric for this 7:30pm kickoff in the 'Shoe! Buckeyes win again taking command in the first half and controlling possession in the second half. Ohio State 52- Oklahoma 28
Dr. Mark: OSU 27-24, still worried about D stopping large receivers- they need to be better
PJSBuck: The Sooners will have revenge on their minds for this game. We better "fix" the pass defense very quickly or this will be an offensive slug-fest. Does anyone know why none of our secondary ever turns to see where the ball is??? Their offense returns many from last year so our defense will get SERIOUSLY tested Saturday night. It will be very interesting to see just how good Greg Schiano is at quick fixes and adjustments. His halftime adjustments against Indiana were very effective so I am optimistic until reason to worry. Prediction is Ohio State in a nail-biter by 3 perhaps even OT.
Pia Pete: The Buckeye defense wakes up and the Sooners go home with a loss. OSU 34 – OU 24
Coach Rick: I am so happy that this game is a home game for OSU. There is a reason that Game Day will be here as this will be the best game of the week on paper. What I see is both come in with the same talent or better than last year. I see pretty much the same results as a year ago. OSU by 21
Steven: I was actually a little worried about this one until I read Baker Mayfield's rushing stats. He's purely a pocket passer and that will be his undoing. He a REALLY GOOD pocket passer, so our secondary will need to play better than they did last week against Indiana. Oklahoma won't be able to match the quick passing tempo of Indiana, which should mean that the Buckeye's front 5 should be able to get to the QB often. They will be going up against the heart of the Sooner offense, and possibly the best O line in the nation. If they give Mayfield time to throw, he can pick a defense apart. The matchup will be won in the trenches, but if the line play comes to a stalemate, it may just be the most under-the-radar unit on the defense, the linebackers, who will make the difference in the game. Despite having outstanding talent in the line backing corps, we have not yet seen a player on the level of Raekwon McMillan or Darron Lee emerge. If the defense is forced to blitz to get pressure on Mayfield, it could be a long night for the Bucks. On the offensive side of the ball, the hill may not be as tough to climb. Even with arguably the best defense in the Big 12, Oklahoma still gave up 45 points in last year's tilt in Norman. With Freshman JK Dobbins adding a new wrinkle to the run game, the pressure may lessen a little for JT Barrett. If he can be as good as he was in Bloomington, the Bucks should win easily. Points will be scored in bunches, and it may take a 4th quarter comeback to seal the win, but the Bucks should finally break the streak and bring a win for the home team in the series. OSU 42-28.
Trout: This game is going to be close. The Sooners will have revenge on their minds from last years beating from the Buckeyes. While, Ohio State should still have a chip on their shoulder from the ending of last season, and their lackluster start against Indiana. The Buckeyes will have a few thing in their favor. A big advantage is that the Bucks are the home team, and the fans will be out in full force. With players like Dobbins, and Campbell stepping up and making big plays, the OSU offense should be hard to stop once their get a rhythm going. There is an advantage for Oklahoma however. The secondary for OSU is still young and still trying to find its footing. And Oklahoma's experienced quarterback Baker Mayfield will take full advantage of that. I see it being a close, high scoring game, but in the end, the Bucks will do just enough to win. (Ohio State, 42-38)
Vaughn Broadnax: I am going to go with the Buckeyes against Oklahoma. I think we are down early like last week, but we find a way to slow down Baker Mayfield in the second half and prevail. Buckeyes outscore the Sooners 45-35.
ESPN GameDay: Desmond Howard and guest picker "Eddie Eddie" George selected Ohio State. Lee Corso once again selected the Brutus headgear once again.
Final Score: Oklahoma 31 Ohio State 16