Sooners face different challenge in Ohio State

Tricia Pearson
September 8, 2017

Oklahoma will look to avenge last year's 45-24 loss to Ohio State in Norman.

If anybody can get a push on Ohio State's mighty front, it might be the Sooner line, but we don't yet know much about Sooner running backs and whether they'll be able to take advantage.

In 2016, Oklahoma got up off the canvas after Ohio State pummeled them on their own field. Of course. Should they be?

Oh, one other thing might be at stake. No matter what happens, certain fan bases will always hate certain teams, and that's exactly how it should be.

Westbrook led the Hoosiers with 54 catches for 995 yards last season.

Andrews is for all intents and purposes a tight end: he's 6'5, 254 pounds, and lines up near the tackle box quite a bit. Ohio State will be the talk of the country, but it's actually the best long-term scenario for the Wolverines.

We don't often witness moments like this in college football's regular season. That couldn't be further from the truth.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Ohio State is favored at home, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -7.5 points against Oklahoma. In order to keep up the momentum of the second half, Oklahoma is transitioning to a 4-3 from a 3-4 defense. No big deal, right? It was his debut with the third different offensive coordinator of his career in Kevin Wilson. Michigan's goal should be to win the conference and get into the College Football Playoff. Early results for the embattled league weren't encouraging.

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If Ohio State does lose a game, their best case scenario is for that loss to come this weekend against fifth-ranked Oklahoma.

Oklahoma heads into this week's showdown with Ohio State with bad memories from last season's meeting. The Nittany Lions are now the most entertaining offense in the Big Ten and have the firepower to blow past Pitt.

The Alabama Crimson Tide typically get the job done in tough early-season tests, if not with much room to spare on the scoreboard. He's played in big games, home, neutral and on the road. Once again, Barrett was under center and stepped up his performance as the game went along. UCLA is 0-5 ATS in its last five games against the SEC. "We're gonna have to play a helluva lot better than we played a year ago". That means the league can't afford many non-conference losses if it wants to secure its hold on a playoff spot. That list includes the 15 in the above chart, plus Saint Mary's - and future "Hawaii Five-O" - star Herman Wedemeyer and Ohio State's Braxton Miller, neither of whom finished in the top 10 in their final season. The Big 12 is desperate for a pick-me-up.

Last Thursday night in Bloomington, we learned all we needed to know about Ohio State's resilience.

Oklahoma returns Saturday to face the team that last left them reeling on the canvas.

Fifteen players have earned top-10 finishes three times. The Wolverines beat Colorado, Wisconsin and Penn State, which turned out to be double-digit win teams. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones can go toe-to-toe with Clayton Thorson in what should be a fun one in Durham.

During Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck called it "a very, very scary situation" and said his program was willing to make whatever adjustments were requested. The Sooners went over the 62.5-point total in the victory.

College football is built on a foundation of irrational fanhood and hatred between rivals. "It's not really a matchup between us". But if the Buckeyes come out on top, take solace in the fact that this will indirectly help MI in the long run.

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