(9)Ohio State @ Nebraska
(Favorite: Ohio State - 24 1/2)
Bbaver: The Pick: Ohio State - The Buckeyes continue to bury bad teams because the overall talent differential between Ohio State and the Rutgers of the world is huge. But can they do this against good teams? The offense was atrocious against good defenses last year and against Oklahoma this year. But does Nebraska qualify as a good team? Probably not. Judgement Day is October 28, 2017. In the mean time, the Buckeyes will have their ups and downs against Nebraska and should still win by 3 TDs-plus. Can they cover a 24-point spread? Probably, but it's early in the week as I am typing this - will give that part some more thought, but the Bucks get a W in Lincoln, and will likely not be a close game come 4th quarter.
Cory: Normally a trip to Nebraska is cause for concern for any team, Ohio State included, but the Cornhuskers likely won't provide much of a challenge for the Buckeyes this week. Nebraska is 3-3 but a look at their schedule shows how weak their wins are. The Cornhuskers struggled to beat Arkansas State and Rutgers. One of the biggest problems for Nebraska is inconsistency on offense. Buckeye fans may whine about their team's offensive inconsistencies, but for Nebraska it's so much worse. The Cornhuskers have 11 touchdown passes to 10 interceptions, and their running game is incapable of breaking big plays. Nebraska likely will be out of the game by the third quarter unless the Buckeyes completely implode. Ohio State 42, Nebraska 14
Dave: Ohio State 42 – Nebraska 21
Gregg: Ohio State learned three things last week against Maryland. This offense can be really good, the defense is getting better, and the special teams is not championship caliber. All three aspects need to improve if the Buckeyes want to continue their climb back into the playoff picture. The Bucks have scored 50 or more points in three straight games, the record is 4 set in 2014. They will not need that many points to win this one but it sure would be nice if they could manage to reach that mark once again. JT Barrett continues to spread the ball around. His numbers are continuing to get better and that is in spite of the fact that he has not played much in the second half the past three games. He should be in for this entire game and I expect the running game to get split between both Dobbins and Weber. I want to see how the injury to Bowen effects an offensive line that has been playing well of late, The visiting team is 0-5 in this series but I see the Buckeyes breaking that trend this week. Ohio State 52 Nebraska 17
Jason: I asked the question last week “How good is Ohio State?” Well, they may not have faced a murderer’s row of opponents, but they are just dismantling everyone in their wake and there is no reason it won’t continue this week. Nebraska is coming off a game in which they battled well into the second half but ran out of gas as Wisconsin went into Lincoln and left with the comfortable win. Now they welcome a defense that gets after the QB and leads the nation in TFL’s and held Maryland to just 66 total yards a week ago. For the Huskers, who have shown a propensity to turn the ball over that could spell disaster. Quarterback Tanner Lee has thrown a Big Ten-worst 10 interceptions, and the Huskers once vaunted Black Shirt defense has been anything but dominant as evident by their mediocre 3-3 record, including a home loss to Northern Illinois. Coach Mike Riley’s seat is getting warmer and warmer and frankly it’s getting rather hot but a win against a top 10 Buckeye team would cool it off significantly for the moment. On the other hand, another dominating Buckeye win may just end his reign as the Husker head man. If things mirror last year’s Buckeye 62-3 destruction, Riley may not make it through the bye week. The Buckeyes roll into Lincoln led by QB J.T. Barrett as the number one total and scoring offense in the conference and rank second in rushing. The speed and weapons the Buckeyes put on the field never ends and it seems Barrett has found a rapport with his entire WR group, utilizing a variety of targets. Not all is rosy in Columbus however, as they have the task of replacing starting right guard Brandon Bowen suffered a leg injury that ended his year. It will be interesting to see how the line, who has played well, can overcome that big loss. In addition the special teams has been nothing short of disastrous all year and crescendoed last week with a number of gaffes that against a better team could’ve come back to haunt them. We’ll see if they can make some progress in that area on Saturday. Bottom line for this one though, Nebraska will come out flying high behind their home fans, but Urban Meyer teams have thrived on that in his tenure, losing only once on the road at Ohio State. The Buckeyes will take the Husker Sea of Red out of the game early and roll to another convincing win as they head into the bye week to prepare for payback when Penn State visits Columbus in two weeks. Ohio State 45 Nebraska 14
Joe-S-U: OSU over Nebraska - Spent a glorious week in Gatlinburg, deep in the heart of SEC country. Wearing my Indians hat and socks.....yes, socks, don't judge.....didn't work, so hoping all the OSU gear I wore will pay off. And it'll pay off if OSU covers the 27.....just sayin'.....
Josh: I honestly did not expect Ohio State to play as well as it did, and I am hoping that the performance against Maryland is more of a normal and not a blue moon game for the growing defense. Special teams need help, and fortunately we are going into a potential hostile environment that should be another easy win to get us practice for our special teams before the bye week. JT Barrett has been great and silencing a lot of the "bench JT" shouts, but I think that is also a result of the competition we have been playing. Each team has been better than the last, but we won't know how good this Buckeye team really is until we play Penn State. Nebraska is coming off a big loss to Wisconsin, and I expect our balance running and passing game to be too much for the Big Red defense. Nebraska’s quarterback has thrown just as many touchdowns as he has interceptions. Although we will be a DB down in this one due to the targeting penalty, I expect our no fly zone to pick off a pass or two to keep the Cornhuskers in check. 4 50 point games in a row? Yes. Book it. A easy win to lead into our two week preparation for the last half of the schedule. Ohio State 56 - Nebraska 7
Dr. Mark: OSU 35-21 Bigger test this week since Huskers will at least match up ‘size – wise”. Nebraska avg 5+ yds per rush- need to stop the run.
PJSBuck: Wow! We scored 62 with all those mistakes?? I personally was extremely mad and embarrassed over the 2nd targeting call against Arnette. It was totally uncalled for and I hope they run his ass into the ground at practice this week. Looking to this week, Nebraska fans are some of the best in the country and I know they are all upset and disappointed at their 3-3 record. Even though this is at home for Nebraska, Ohio State needs to prove things and I don't expect them to go easy against the Cornhuskers. Though, I was kind of impressed Nebraska scored 17 points against Wisconsin last week!?? I look for the Bucks to work more on the run game with strategic passing. Cornhuskers have been weak against the run. Prediction: Ohio State 45 Nebraska 15
Pia Pete: 15 members of TBDBITL will be in the stands to help bring home a victory. OSU 54 – NU 20
Coach Rick: After firing the AD, Nebraska has looked better. Not sure why they are playing better losing an AD, but after this game will they need to find a new head coach? I think so being I have OSU winning 56 to 14.
Steven: I had the pleasure of watching the Nebraska-Wisconsin tilt with a couple of really knowledgeable Huskers fans who provided some insight into the state of the team. Their observations were that the transition to the 3-4 defense has not been without its troubles. They cited the personnel is not suited to the scheme and thin due to injuries. As we saw against the Badgers, they wore down in the second half so much they gave up the most yards ever by a Nebraska team to Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor. I'm pretty sure that between Weber, JT and JK Dobbins, Ohio State can beat that. The team is behind Tanner Lee, who didn't play poorly against Wisconsin, but at 3-3, could it be time to try The POB, (RS freshman Patrick O'Brien) at quarterback? The word is that he's erratic in practice, but has a lot of potential. If the Huskers get down early, don't be surprised to see an early switch to hopefully spark the offense. I'm not sure it will matter much. OSU is on a roll and if Kevin Wilson is worth his weight in pigskin, we should run all over Nebraska. JT has a lunch pail game and barely eclipses 200 yards in the air. The 90 or so he gets on the ground will be the most important of his yards. OSU grinds out a good win 37-17.
Trout: Although they will be a step up from the disaster of a team that Maryland was last week, the Cornhuskers are not winning this game. Ohio State is starting to hit their stride both offensively and defensively, and I don't believe that Nebraska will have personal to beat them. I think it will be close at first. The Cornhuskers have a passionate fan base and it will loud in Memorial Stadium. And I think the players will feed off that and challenge the Buckeyes early. But once, the Buckeyes get into a rhythm, Nebraska will have a hard time keeping up. It won't be a complete blowout like last week, but I see the Buckeyes winning this game comfortably. (Ohio State, 42- 21)
Vaughn: Will visit Memorial Stadium ion Lincoln for only the second time in history. Our last visit there resulted in a disappointing loss after Braxton Miller was injured. The only thing that made that loss even palpable was the warm and welcoming Nebraska fans. I would not underscore the level of emotion a night game at Memorial Stadium can infuse to a struggling team. Fortunately, for the Buckeyes I don’t see Urban taking them for granted. Buckeye defeat a game Huskers 45-17.
Final Score: Ohio State 56 Nebraska 14