OFFSEASON OVER, GAME ON; PREDICTION
By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Saturday, September 3
OFFSEASON OVER, GAME ON: The offseason is over. Game on. It will be 75 degrees and sunny with a 7 mph breeze for the noon kickoff in Columbus. The Dispatch breaks down keys to the game, the unit-by-unit matchups, Bowling Green quarterback James Knapke and the expectations on OSU’s shoulders. The Plain Dealer on reasons OSU will beat BG; and some reasons they won’t. How have previous OSU-BG match-ups gone? Land-Grant Holy Land takes a detailed walk down memory lane.
PREDICTION: Ohio State 34-14. Closer than the experts think. The young Bucks show flashes but are a work in progress against an underrated Bowling Green team that has the pieces to repeat as MAC champs this year.
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