Friday, September 26, 2014

On The Mark 9.26.14: Buckeyes Preview

By @MarkW2112

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

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