Army @ (9)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State - 30 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick: Ohio State - The Bucks will have their work cut out for them when they get to October, but not again, until then. Yes, this Army team is improved, but they are still a poor football team. They got rolled by Notre Dame this year, and will get rolled Saturday in the 'Shoe. Urban will want to run this one up to hopefully get some credibility back. Ohio State 48 Army 14.
Cory: A lot of people in Columbus think the sky is falling after the loss to Oklahoma. There is room for improvement, but the Buckeyes have been in this situation before when they lost to Virginia Tech at home in the second game of the season in 2014. That team went on to win a national championship. This Ohio State team is capable of being better than we've seen so far, and expect the improvement to start this week against Army. Expect to see a very healthy dose of both running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber. Weber is good, but Dobbins is a special talent. In 2014 the Buckeyes used the run to set up the pass, so it wouldn't be surprising to see a lot of runs early on in the game. As for Army, they are a triple-option team. The Black Knights have completed just two passes in their two games, so a huge priority will be put on stopping their running game. Army is 2-0 but one win came over FCS school Fordham, and the other was over Buffalo last week. Unfortunately this game won't show us how much the Buckeyes improved from the Oklahoma game, but it will be a good way to get back in the winning column. Ohio State 42, Army 17
Dave: OSU 45 Army 17
Gregg: When it was announced that former Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson was joining the Ohio State coaching staff, I couldn't wait to see his offensive game plan executed with Buckeye level talent. Two games into the 2017 and I am still waiting. Is OSU trying to overthink the offense or is there a real problem? The Sooners are a great team but should they be able to shut down the Buckeye offense they way they did last Saturday? And don't let the lack of offensive production hide the fact that the defense is giving up passing yards like there is a prize for the highest total. There is much to work on and hopefully they will be successful improving the shortcomings over the next few weeks. I think Ohio State will return to the running game this week, and since Army does not use the passing game, maybe we can cure a few defensive woes at the same time. Ohio State wins this week but still has a lot to improve if they want to be considered a national power again. Ohio State 31 Army 13
Jason: Ohio State is coming off a game in which they were embarrassed in all aspects. Their suspect defensive backfield was exposed for the second straight week and their offense showed no rhythm or continuity. So is Ohio State overrated? Right now the answer is an emphatic yes. The good news for Buckeye supporters is they have time to right the ship but now the margin of error is zero.
The Black Knights are off to a 2-0 start to this season after beating Buffalo on Saturday 21-17. Utilizing the triple option attack, they have rushed for nearly 900 yards while only putting the ball in the air twice in two games. Senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw has rushed over 325 yards of that total leading the Knights. Army now owns a five-game winning streak, its longest since 1996.
The Buckeyes are looking to bounce back from a 31-16 loss at home to Oklahoma on Saturday after leading by a FG late in the third, allowed three late TD’s, one after an interception of JT Barrett in Ohio State territory when the Buckeyes were trying to answer with a go ahead a score. The Buckeyes held the Sooners to just 104 yards on the ground, but the secondary continues to struggle.
The good news for an angry Ohio State team is that Army can't throw the ball. Look for Ohio State to roll from start to finish and begin the journey to right the ship. Ohio State 45 Army 0
Joe-S-U: Ohio State, Urban doesn't lose two in a row.
John: I’d like to say that OSU, but Army plays the dreaded odd man front on defense that seems to always give the Bucks fits, and run the triple option on O, so lots of cut blocks and not much passing is what the D has to look forward to. Hopefully, Ohio States four year starting quarterback starts playing like one. Look for this one to be close into the third quarter, but OSU simply has better athletes that Army. Ohio State 31, Army 17
Josh: A tough loss for OSU. Too many similarities between the start of this season and the start of the 2014 season. Obviously we all would love the same outcome, however, there is work to be done. Our first two games this season tested us, and our secondary is the worst passing defense in all of D1 football. Our inability to get a passing game once more is the story of this Buckeye team. Army will be a good team to start back our win streak, and they will give us a test, but its never a good thing to be the team after to play Urban Meyer after a loss. I hope we see more of a running game built up to a passing attack and get our confidence back. We need to fix this quickly or it will be a very long season. Ohio State 38 - Army 10
Dr. Mark: OSU 45-14 doubt they will try to run up score on West Point.
PJSBuck: Well, I THINK something may be really wrong with our program. I am not sure what it is but I don't understand how there is little to no change or progress with new coaches, seemingly new plays, and a decent part of the starters returning (yes, secondary is all new but it's not like these guys just started playing their positions last week??) and how we can look so bad??? I guess the thing that bothers me the most is that we seem to be doing a poor job of the basics - O-line holds blocks for 2-3 seconds, receivers don't get passes until they are almost out of bounds, a 3rd year QB throws so erratically, and instead of tackling on defense we push people out of bounce or bump them. If Prince is the best right tackle we have then the guys in back of him on scholarship must be majoring in Home-Economics. Wow! I have no idea what to expect against Army but I (now) am personally NOT expecting to see wholesale improvements. Yes, we will win the game but the question is will we actually GET BETTER? Ohio State 35 Army 17 in a game that will feel like we lost again.
Pia Pete: OSU never seems to take the armed forces schools seriously and they always end up giving the Buckeyes a game. With Ohio State’s lack of a passing game this game will be closer than OSU fans would like. OSU 27- Army 17
Coach Rick: Well this is at least one way to rebound after lasts weeks game. The offense will have great numbers and the defense will be able to hold down the passing yards with slower receivers. This will not even be a good game, but if your are looking for cheap tickets, this is the game to go to. OSU by 40
Steven: This is the start of the full plate of patsies we have for the next four games. If Coach Meyer can't right the ship and JT's passing woes during this period, there ain't hope for this team. JT's issues are 100% between the ears, and how this staff hasn't coached him out of it is a mystery. Watching the past two games where QB's Lagow and Mayfield were able to throw quick strikes to moving targets just brings into focus how BAD our offense is. If JT wasn't saddled with happy feet, his shoes were mired in concrete. If you used a stopwatch on each passing play, comparing JT Mayfield or Lagow, it would be night and day. He is just too late on his decision making and his throws. I'm not sure what happened from his freshman year until now, (it definitely could be the multiple coordinators), but no growth or regressing is unacceptable. We love JT and want to see him succeed, but if his struggles continue, it should be his, and the coaching staff's first thought to get Burrow (when fully healthy) or Haskins more playing time until he is capable of leading this team's offense effectively. OSU should still win easily this week, and for the next 4, but progress needs to be made or this team is not going to win when it counts in the latter half of the year. OSU 45-21
Trout: Although Ohio State clearly has major issues to work out on offense, they should still soundly beat Army. Even with the poor passing game, Ohio State should be able to run up and down the field with Dobbins and Weber. Also, even with the shaky performance of the DBs, the defense is more than capable of containing the Knight's offense. I think it will be close in the beginning, much like it has been the last few games, but one the Bucks get into a rhythm, they should be able to win with a comfortable lead. (Ohio State, 49-14)
Vaughn: OSU beats Army 45-14
Final Score: Ohio State 38 Army 7