The third ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0,) are headed to Norman to take on the #14 Oklahoma Sooners (1-1) this Saturday night, in what will be a true test for the young but talented Buckeyes.
Oklahoma started this season with National Championship hopes after losing in the playoffs a year ago and returning their Heisman hopeful quarterback, Baker Mayfield. Those hopes took a big hit after losing the first game of the season to Houston. Whether the Sooners were caught looking ahead to Ohio State, didn't give Houston the respect they deserved, or flat out got beat by a better team, Oklahoma's chances of heading back to the playoffs took an unexpected hit the first game of the year.
For the Buckeyes, their real season starts Saturday night. In all honesty Ohio State plays better competition in practice than they did in the first two weeks of the season. And after breaking down the talent on both of these teams, Ohio State should win this game comfortably. But the Buckeyes are young an inexperienced, and Oklahoma is coming off of a playoff loss where they returned most of their starters.
As I said earlier, based on talent alone Ohio State should win this game comfortably. The big question is whether or not being in front of 73,000 screaming fans in Norman, under the lights on a Saturday night will be too much for the young Buckeyes. The leadership of J.T. Barrett and Raekwon McMillan will be tested as they try to ready their sides of the ball for the Sooners. If Ohio State can stay in the moment and handle the adrenaline of the first couple minutes then I think they will be in good shape to walk out of Oklahoma with a victory.
What: #3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #14 Oklahoma Sooners
When: Saturday September 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma
Line: Spread (Ohio State -2), Money Line (OSU -125, OU +105), Over/Under (64)