“Offensively everything goes through J.T. Barrett, an exceptional athlete at quarterback, throwing the football really well”, Coach Stoops said.
The Oklahoma Sooners (1-1) are coming from a 59-17 win over the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks in Week 2. It’ll take almost everyone on Oklahoma’s defense to account for the Buckeyes’ top weapon.
This is only the third time Oklahoma goes into a home game as a betting underdog.
“I’m not anxious, by any means”, center Pat Elflein said.
Mayfield said he doesn’t expect anything fancy from Ohio State, just skilled players who know their jobs. They aren’t going to hand out a bullcrap scholarship just for me. “I have my quarterback’s back”.
“This is kind of the opportunity you come to a place like this to play in games like this, where everybody’s watching on a Saturday night”, Mayfield said.
Those two games didn’t turn out very well for the visitors, with Oklahoma showing little mercy against then No. 2 Texas Tech, winning 65-21 behind Sam Bradford, and dethroning top-ranked Nebraska 31-14 en route to a ideal 13-0 season and the Sooners’ seventh national championship. “And the half that was made up I signed ‘Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN'”. Edge to the Sooners at home as they reclaim their reputation as a top-10 team.
Stop the run: Ohio State’s run defense is going to be tested, especially the interior.
Keeping plays in front of them and preventing any big gains from breaking will help Oklahoma stay in this game and be around until the end. As cliche as it sounds, it’s what got them to the playoffs previous year, and they went away from it in their season-opening loss to the Houston Cougars.
Ohio State is inexperienced, but Urban Meyer’s squad oozes talent.
For the second time already this season, Oklahoma is getting ready to suit up against a top-tier opponent in non-conference play.
For Ohio State, they come into this game after two easy wins. “We’ll keep a positive attitude. I’m excited to see our guys’ response”, he said. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting last fall, one spot above where Barrett was in that voting in 2014, his only full season as a starter. The Buckeyes threatened to break the game open when Jerome Baker scored on a 68-yard interception return, but Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon returned the kickoff 97 yards for a score.
The Buckeyes’ offense is loaded with athletic playmakers, but here are the top three players the Sooners’ defense will have to worry most about. While Barrett is instrumental to the success of the team, the game changer for the Buckeyes is junior H-back Curtis Samuel. “We know what we’re capable of”, Brown said. “We will find out more tomorrow”.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals insist they’re preparing for No. 2 Florida State like any other opponent.
“The biggest thing is he’s a creator of plays”, Meyer said. “He’s really playing well, and he’s doing a lot of things well that we want him to do”. One of his coaches asked him which player he was going to hit with the ball so it would bounce off and give the Sooners a chance to recover. What does Dante give us? “I think it’ll be a good matchup”. I see the Buckeyes making more of them than the Sooners.