While Urban Meyer may not spend much time in a kitchen today, his Buckeyes are set to chow down on a big old cupcake at noon ET on the Big Ten Network. OSU enters the game today a 40 point favorite. Their opponent 1-1 UNLV started the season by losing to an FCS school (Howard) after being favored by 45 points — the largest point-spread upset in modern college football history. (Beating UNLV has been 1-2 Howard’s only win so far this season — Howard most recently got the skids torn off the tires in a 68-21 humbling against Richmond. Ouch).
The OSU defense could face a moderate test against UNLV’s running game, which ranks No. 4 in the country averaging 350 yards per game. While the Buckeye’s offense should move the ball at will against a porous Rebels defense currently allowing over 415 yards per contest.
The most interesting moment today may be when the backups take the field. It will answer the question of who is Ohio State’s No. 2 quarterback — Joe Burrow expected to return from injury or Dwayne Haskins, who shined in mop-up duty last week against Army.
Whoever steps in at backup won’t matter to the outcome of this contest — Ohio State rolls, 70-7.
Happy game day to you. I’m at home base in D.C. today for the first Saturday in two weeks. The crock pot is ready to go for some tacos and a good slate of football. By the way, don’t sleep on Purdue-Michigan at 4:00 ET on Fox. Purdue went on the road and throttled an SEC Missouri team last week, and only lost by a touchdown against a dangerous Louisville team led by Lamar Jackson. This is a tricky match-up on the road for a Michigan team with serious offensive woes, but they are nevertheless favored by 10.5 points. Boilermaker freshman wide receiver Jackson Anthrop has dazzled with 4 touchdowns already this season. If Anthrop and Purdue’s offense can test the Wolverine’s secondary, something may return to Ross-Ade tonight that has been absent for some time — a winner.
- Odds are good backups are targeting this game, Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch – September 23
- A short history of Ohio State trouncing the Mountain West, Jim Baird, Land-Grant Holy Land – September 22
- Will Tate Martell ever be Ohio State’s starting QB?, Bill Landis, Cleveland.com – September 23
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