Oklahoma vs. Ohio State Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Ohio State is favored at home, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -7.5 points against Oklahoma. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 63.5 points. These two met last year in Oklahoma, with the Buckeyes getting a 45-24 win as a 2-point favorite. Tonight’s game takes place from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. It will air live on ABC.
Oklahoma opened the 2017 season with a 56-7 win at home over UTEP last weekend. The Sooners managed to cover the 43-point spread in the win. Oklahoma dominated the Miners in the victory, as the Sooners posted 676 yards of offense while allowing just 167 to UTEP. Baker Mayfield threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-20 passing. Mark Andrews caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown while the team rushed for 180 yards.
Ohio State opened up the season with Big Ten play, picking up a 49-21 win at Indiana. The Buckeyes entered the game as a 20-point road favorite. OSU put up 596 yards in the win while allowing 437 yards to Indiana, 420 of which came against the pass. Freshman J.K. Dobbins rushed for 181 yards to lead the offense with Mike Weber battling a hamstring injury. Weber is expected to be available today. J.T. Barrett threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 61 yards and a score. Parris Campbell caught six passes for 136 yards and a touchdown as well.
This is a big game for Lincoln Riley in his debut season. The pressure could get to him, especially going against the likes of Urban Meyer. Ohio State was able to handle itself just fine at Oklahoma last season and I expect more of the same this year. The Ohio State run game is loaded behind Barrett, Weber and now the freshman Dobbins. Look for the Buckeyes to run all over the Sooners and pick up a multiple-touchdown win.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: OHIO STATE -7.5