UNLV @ (9)Ohio State
(Favorite: Ohio State - 39 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick: Ohio State - Bucks can name their score in this one...only real question is: Do we see a backup QB in the first half? I'd like to see it. Would also like to see a healthy Mike Weber, but if he's still not healthy, no need putting him in just for a few carries. The call: Ohio State 52 UNLV 10
Cory: This will be yet another game in which we probably won't learn too much about Ohio State. UNLV is not a good team. The Rebels won last week over a weak Idaho team, but it's the week one loss to Howard for which UNLV is known. It is considered the biggest upset of an FCS school, ever. The main player that could give OSU trouble is running back Lexington Thomas. Thomas is averaging 9.0 yards a carry and already has five touchdowns. The problem for UNLV is that Thomas is basically their entire offense: stop him and the Buckeyes will be in a very good position to win. From OSU we should expect to see a lot of short passes early to try to get J.T. Barrett in a good rhythm, which is exactly what the Buckeyes did last week against Army. Aside from a few bad throws J.T. was much better last week so let's see if can continue to build on that success. Aside from Barrett, a heavy dose of running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber should be enough to help the Buckeyes to an easy win over UNLV. Ohio State 42, UNLV 14
Dave: Ohio State 63 UNLV 14
Gregg: The weather is going to be hot for this one, hopefully the Buckeye offense will be equally hot. The Running Rebel defense may be what OSU needs that this time. The Buckeyes should have no problems getting their run game going, the only question will be if they try to bring Mike Weber back this early or will they save him for the Big Ten season. The real test will be if Ohio State can get the passing attack to look more like a championship caliber approach. They made some strides last week, but 15 of JT's 25 completions were behind the line of scrimmage, they need to be able to connect down field more. I thing Kevin Wilson will focus on passing plays and try to get Barrett into a rhythm that he enjoyed in 2014. I expect to see a lot of the bench in the second half. Ohio State 60 UNLV 10
Jason: The final non-conference game for Ohio State on Saturday as the Rebels of UNLV come to town. They will get $1.3 million to make the trip and they will earn every penny. UNLV’s recipe for success has been their run game which ranks 4thnationally, averaging just under 251 yards per contest and to be successful they must be able to move the chains on the ground. That won’t be an easy task against the front of Ohio State who limited the run heavy Army team to nearly 160 yards below their average despite a 99 yard TD drive. UNLV can throw it a bit behind quarterback Armani Rogers, who has completed 60 percent of his passes for 413 yards through two games so the secondary of Ohio State will need to be ready. Ohio State is a near 40 point favorite so the Rebs hope to flip the script after they lost to Howard to open the season as a near 40 point favorite but don’t look for anything near that here. I expect the Buckeyes to be able to do what they want offensively and expect Urban Meyer to change the way the offense operates a touch, utilizing more of the power run game and the read option which is J.T. Barrett’s forte. When they do throw, I expect to see more run/pass option to spread out the defense and force a spy on JT which will open up the mid-range passing game and try to get the Buckeye playmakers like Parris Campbell in space. Buckeyes big in this one. Ohio State 55 UNLV 7
Joe-S-U: OSU over UNLV - Spent last week in Vegas scouting this game for the coaching staff. Turned in my report and hit the buffet. Bucks are still at 4 to 1 to win the national title despite the Oklahoma debacle. 2017 definitely has a 2014 feel to it. The wait between Va. Tech and Mich. St. was interminable to get another chance to make a national statement, which they did. Long time 'til Penn State rolls in Halloween weekend so take care of business and enjoy the Tribe's playoff run 'til then.
John: No chance that UNLV is able to run the ball. Passing is another matter. Look for the Rebel’s to be able to move the ball via the air, especially early. Buckeyes depth too much for UNLV to overcome. In the end, OSU rolls. Ohio State 48, UNLV 17
Josh: Ohio State did what it needed to do against an inferior Army team last week. Not to take anything away from Army, which was a great game experience in terms of the pageantry Ohio State displayed for this game with the parachutes and each team waiting to sing each other fight song, it felt like a little bit how college football should be. Not to go on a tangent, so focusing now on this week. I think at this point, injury or not with Weber, JK Dobbins is our starter. As Urban had said, he is a complete back. I think he is in that category with Zeke and Clarett in terms of his potential and capabilities. Now, I think Weber will still get the carries as we should have a nice 1-2 punch at RB, to take the running pressure off JT Barrett. UNLV opened the season with a loss to Howard, so this game should be a good tune up opportunity for Ohio State, and playing against a more traditional offense and will be a good step up before we resume Big 10 play. Barrett should be able to have a solid day passing against this defense, and hope to see the back ups in before the 4th quarter. Defense should hold strong and the Rebels give our secondary more practice, and hopefully confidence as we start the second quarter of the regular season. Ohio State 42 - UNLV 3
Dr. Mark: I believe this is the game to open it up. The offense needs to put some new stuff out there for other teams to worry about as the Big 10 Schedule really begins. Bucks 49-14
PJSBuck: Well. What to think about this team and the coaches?? For most, after three games there is this massive cloud of questions on just about every aspect of our team. This game SHOULD represent less of a challenge than Army but given the current atmosphere I don't know what to expect. For whatever reasons, JT looks tentative and not playing with much confidence. Yes, people point to his records and we all admire him for that but he did a large part of that NOT in the last 12 months. I don't know what the fix is for that - or even if it CAN be fixed at this point in his career. The entire team looks tentative and not playing with intensity and abandon. For those at the game, everyone told me that they felt there was a new energy on offense when Haskins was in. Yes, it was late in the game and that is not much of a predictor, but interesting nonetheless. I think Ohio State certainly wins but I think the inconsistencies will remain until JT no longer starts. Sorry, just my opinion and observation. I think this game will likely be more of a mental challenge (thanks Mark!) than physical. Also, thanks to Oklahoma, the Sooners gave all of our opponents the blueprints for playing us too tough for the rest of this year. Ohio State 41 UNLV 28 in yet another game where the middle of our secondary is open all day???.......
Pia Pete: Bucks roll over UNLV. OSU 48 – UNLV 10
Coach Rick: One bonus UNLV has is they are coming off an early bye week. They are averaging 42 points a game but have not played a quality team yet. What helps Ohio State in this game is they are facing their 2nd rushing dominate team, which the defense look good against the rush last week. I thin UNLV will get a few points catching us sleeping with some long receptions, but not enough the will make the game close. I have OSU by 28 points.
Steven: Not since Florida A&M left the 'Shoe have we seen an opponent this bad. This is a team that lost to Howard University. I figure if we don't see a full half of Dwayne Haskins, the first teamers haven't done their job. This is one where your friends offer you a ticket to the game and you wonder, "HMMM, shouldn't I be mowing the grass?" Not sure if we'll hang a Rice-like 72-0 score on them, but we should... and probably won't. OSU 63-3
Trout: UNLV is a bad team. Even with the inconsistencies plaguing the Buckeye offense, they should have no problem moving the ball on the Rebels. I see Dobbins having a record day for himself and racking up 200+ yards. Plus I think JT takes a step forward in his passing game, and has one of his better days in the air. The Rebels do have a decent offensive attack, but I think the Buckeye defense is more than capable of containing it. They may score some points, but not enough to keep up with Ohio State. Ohio State, 49-7
Vaughn: We finally get to see some highly anticipated backups play substantively as the Buckeyes run away from the Runnin’ Rebels 48-3
Final Score: Ohio State 54 UNLV 21