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Five things to know about Ohio State

08 September 2017, 12:52 | Kristopher Drake

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Now, before you try to haul me off in a straight-jacket and committed to the insane asylum, hear me out. I told someone this morning I don't think that has much effect on it. Ohio State has a defense I can see giving Oklahoma problems, but the Sooners look like they could be better this year than in 2016. However, that doesn't mean the Sooners can't affectively move the ball through the air. It was OU's second game of the year. And even though Ohio State lost some great players from last year's team, this is still a bona fide championship contender playing at home. The crowd of 84,016 included 15,000 Sooner rooters.

Oklahoma comes to Ohio State in college football's Week 2 in a top-five matchup that has early season College Football Playoff implications.

This game will be an even bigger test for Ohio State's inexperienced secondary, which let IN quarterback Richard Lagow throw for 410 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday.

Washington was the biggest upward mover of the week, climbing from No. 24 to No. 20.

-QB J.T. Barrett began the season with a solid performance in the win at Indiana. Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for 182 yards on 29 carries in place of Mike Weber, who sat out with an injury.

The Buckeyes are the last team to beat OU.

A year ago, Mayfield completed 17 of 32 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State. Abdul Adams led the way with 53 yards. Fourteen players caught at least one pass.

Oklahoma tight end Mark Andrews' mere presence on the field is creating problems for the opponent. After that, OU's defense settled down and held UTEP to 89 yards the rest of the way.

In the end, if the Buckeyes were to lose to the Sooners but go on to win the rest of their games, finishing their conference schedule undefeated and winning the Big Ten Championship, Ohio State would nearly certainly make their return to the College Football Playoff.

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This game and the one on Sunday night between the Texas A&M Aggies and the UCLA Bruins definitely had us on the edge of our seats. The only other time a Florida State quarterback started as a true freshman was in 1985 when Chip Ferguson faced Miami.

"It's a big game", Mayfield said at his Monday news conference.

Although he only threw for 152 yards, the Buckeyes also picked up 306 on the ground. Washington 8. MI 9.

A familiar face is calling the offense.

Football is won in the trenches-the line of scrimmage. If Holmes' statement wasn't good enough, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano added that in order to get the Buckeyes to play with heart and for their brothers. Properly deploying linemen and fullbacks to stop the evolving looks of some of the country's best defensive lines can be a logistical nightmare. The Bearcats lost their top three tacklers and all three linebackers from past year, when they surrendered 190 yards a game on the ground, and FCS Austin Peay dented them for eight runs of 13 yards or longer last week.

Behind Baker Mayfield, the Sooners hang tough.

As you can imagine, Mayfield was a big part of that.

The Louisville Cardinals are 24.5-point favorites against the Purdue Boilermakers with a 69-point total in their neutral-site matchup in Indianapolis. Oklahoma is 11-0 since that loss. That's something we emphasized in camp as well: We've got to make plays when - (offensive lineman) Orlando Brown calls them the money downs. "But it's a whole different year". I know why he (resigned) - because he thought (Riley) would carry on the same culture that he created. It gave the fans a first glimpse at what will be on the Buckeyes' feet in prime time. Last weekend we were graced with the No. 1 team in Alabama versus the No. 3 Florida State Seminoles. But, not Lincoln Riley.

"I could care less", said Mayfield when asked about a must-win. Oklahoma State 12. LSU 13. Texas was humbled. Baylor couldn't beat a I-AA team.

"We're gonna have to drastically improve against a physical, fast, explosive football team", Stoops said. I think that's going to help my mindset. IN found some success in stopping Ohio State's passing attack and the Sooners will look to have an even stronger showing.



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