Game: Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio State Buckeyes
Place: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Time: 6 PM
Television: Big Ten Network
After a week off, the Ohio State Buckeyes are ready to battle the Cincinnati Bearcats this Saturday evening in Columbus at the Horseshoe. They are coming off of a much needed blowout game against the Kent State Golden Flashes.
This weeks battle at night will be a little more difficult for the Buckeyes, especially on defense where they face a high powered Bearcats team lead by big armed quarterback Gunner Kiel. It will be another big challenge for defensive backfield, who were burned frequently against Virginia Tech 3 weeks ago.
On offense, look for J.T. Barrett and the offensive line to continue the good work they did against the Golden Flashes. While the Bearcats have a formidable offense, their defense is a little more shaky, giving up 34 points to Toledo and 24 to Miami (OH). Barrett should be able to get big yard plays, especially when/if Devon Smith gets open.
My take: look for a good 'ole fashioned shootout at the 'Shoe. I said Kent State would put up a fight and boy was I wrong. Cincinnati, however, should be a better gauge of where the Buckeyes are on defense and offense.
Prediction: Ohio State 42 Cincinnati 31