#2/3 Ohio State v. Ohio University

#2/3 Ohio State v. Ohio University
Ohio University

#2/3 Ohio State v. Ohio University

Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff: 12 noon
TV: ESPN2

By Pete Quint

Beanie Wells

Buckeye fans worst fear came to life Saturday when Heisman Trophy candidate Beanie Wells went down with a foot injury.  As of now, no word as to the extent of the injury but the good news is that x-rays were negative and Beanie was seen walking on his own power in the fourth quarter.  Regardless the extent of the injury, there is probably no chance we will see Beanie this Saturday against Ohio University.  Taking center stage will be Daniel “Boom” Herron, Maurice Wells and Brandon Saine.  Wells and Herron looked good this Saturday and Saine, who saw a little playing time, is still recovering from an injury.  OU had an excellent game against Wyoming last week and came up just shy of a win.  The Bobcats are a step up from Youngstown State but the game should still be a warm up for the showdown with USC the following week.

OSU “O”

How sweet it was to see the Buckeyes on the field again.  They proved a lot of things to Buckeye Nation; Beanie is a stud, Todd has four legitimate threats at wide receiver, and the defense is scary good.  You can say that it’s just YSU but you can’t deny that they looked polished except in the redzone but we’ll get to that later.  The Bobcat defense gave it their all against the Cowboys and recorded two interceptions while linebacker Noah Keller racked up 15 tackles, seven solo.  The Bobcat defense will be a greater challenge to the Buckeye offense but with all the weapons OSU has at its disposal, OU won’t be able to keep up over the length of the game.  Expect some eye opening plays by the Bobcats early on but as the game plays out, the Buckeyes will wear down the defense and cruise to a victory.

OSU ”D”

OU Quarterback Theo Scott and wide receiver Taylor Price both had excellent games and Malcolm Jenkins and the Buckeye secondary need to be ready for this duo.  The Bobcat rushing attack was lead by Chris Garrett with a total of 30 yards.  Ohio State held Youngstown State to -11 yards rushing which does not bode well for the Bobcat rushers.  This game should be one of ball control with the defense dominating the Bobcats and giving the Buckeye offense every opportunity to score.  Like the YSU game, don’t expect too many spectacular stats from the defensive side of the ball, just a business-like workday.

Summary

If the Buckeyes continue to fail to score while in the red-zone and fail to protect the quarterback they will lose three games this year.  USC, Penn State and Wisconsin will eat up the Buckeyes if these problems are not resolved.  That said OU doesn’t pose much of a threat on either side of the ball.  Even if the Buckeyes are looking ahead to USC they should be able handle the Bobcats relatively easily.  In 1999, the last time the two teams met, it was 10-10 at halftime and I expect the Bobcats to come out with guns-a-blazin’ and give the Buckeyes their best shot.  It still won’t be enough.

Prediction: OSU 38 – OU 10

Why OSU will win:  Focus on the task at hand.  Superior depth and talent.

Why OSU will lose: Complete and utter Buckeye meltdown.

Crazy stat or the game: An Ohio State victory will be the 800th win all-time for the university.

OU players to watch:

Junior QB #3 Theo Scott
Junior WR #23 Taylor Price
Sophomore DE #95 Ernie Hodge

Personal note: This one will likely be the hottest game of the year.  Temperatures will be in the 90’s so keep cool and drink lots of water with your BEvERages.

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