Ohio St. vs. Oklahoma Prediction
Will No. 14 Oklahoma make a statement when it takes on No. 3 Ohio State tonight at 7:30PM ET on FOX?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Ohio State is the slim favorite on the road, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -1 point against Oklahoma. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 63 points. These two have no recent meetings to consider.
Oklahoma has a lot of pressure on it tonight. The Sooners lost the opener to Houston, 33-23, and can’t afford to drop a second game if they want to make the playoffs. Oklahoma did bounce back with a 59-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe last week, but they have failed to cover in their last three games. Oklahoma is putting up over 500 yards of offense so far, but they are giving up nearly 400 yards per game right now, including nearly 300 passing yards per contest. Baker Mayfield has thrown for 567 yards and five touchdowns to lead the offense. Joe Mixon is leading the ground attack with 157 yards over two games.
Ohio State has been rolling right now, beating Bowling Green 77-10 and Tulsa 48-3. The Buckeyes have covered the spread in both games this season and in their last four overall. Ohio State hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown yet, as they are holding opponents to just 216 yards per game. The offense is averaging just under 600 yards per contest thus far as J.T. Barrett has thrown for 498 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 85 yards and three scores. Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel have combined for nearly 400 rushing yards as well.
Oklahoma is likely to come out desperate and with a lot of aggression, so don’t be surprised to see the Sooners take an early lead. However, this game is going to come down to coaching. I trust Urban Meyer a lot more than I do Bob Stoops, even in Oklahoma. Ohio State has covered in 8 of its last 11 non-conference games and 5 of its last 6 against Big 12 opponents. The Sooners have failed to cover in their last four non-conference games. Meyer will have his team ready for this challenge.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 3 PREDICTION: OHIO STATE -1