THE TEST – NORMAN AT NIGHT; MATCHUP TO WATCH; PREDICTION
By Jim Baird | AM Football Briefing | Saturday, September 17
THE TEST — NORMAN AT NIGHT: Can the young Buckeyes enter a hostile road environment against a well-coached team of comparable talent and come away with the victory? For the first time in the history of the AP Poll the top three teams (Alabama, FSU, Ohio State) play on the road against ranked opponents (Ole Miss, Louisville, Oklahoma). A hungry Sooners team awaits the Buckeyes in Norman. There are many questions entering the game: here is what we know for sure. Baker Mayfield is a big game quarterback. Even in the Sooners opening week loss to Houston, Mayfield went for 323 with 2 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Urban Meyer has never lost a regular season road game at Ohio State. The Buckeyes carry an FBS record 18-game road win streak into the showdown. There have been two games in the series, the home team has yet to win. The Sooners came away 29-28 victors in the ‘Shoe in ’77, OSU earned payback 24-14 in Norman in 1983. KEY MATCHUP: Oklahoma’s pass defense ranks No. 113 in the country, allowing 296 yards per game. Can they contain gamebreaking x-factors Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson? If not, it will be a long night. PREDICTION: In a nail-biter in Norman, behind a stout D and JT Barrett’s leadership the Buckeyes earn a 24-17 signature victory against the eventual Big 12 Champion Sooners.
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1) Preview: No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma, Eric Seger, Eleven Warriors – September 16
2) Ohio State, J.T. Barrett prove to be perfect match, Tim May, Columbus Dispatch – September 17
3) Containing Mayfield is top priority for Ohio State, Nicholas Piotrowicz, Toledo Blade – September 17
4) Stoops getting defense ratcheted up for Buckeyes, Brooke Pryor, The Oklahoman – September 17