Ohio State Faces Adversity
With Urban Meyer suspended for the first 3 weeks of the season due to the coverup of bad behavior by wide-receivers coach Zach Smith, the Buckeyes will be facing some adversity against a strong program coming to Ohio Stadium. Unranked Oregon State of the Pac-12 conference plays a talented Buckeye team coached by Ryan Day at noon, watch on ABC/listen on 97.1 FM in Columbus.
Ohio State Favored
Ohio State ranked 5th by the AP (3rd by USA Today) in the country is favored by 37 points against Oregon State on Saturday. Oregon State is coached by first year head coach Jonathan Smith, a former quarterback for the Beavers. They have 17 starters back from last year with players to watch including Jake Luton (853 yards, 4 touchdowns), running back Artavis Pierce (323 yards), and safety David Morris (75 tackles).
Ohio State brings back Dwayne Haskins at quarterback (565 yards, 4 touchdowns), running back Michael Weber (626 yards, 10 TDs), receivers KJ Hill (549 yards, 3 TDs), Parris Campbell (584 yards, 3 TDs), defensive end Nick Bosa (34 tackles, 16 for loss), and linebacker Tuf Borland (58 tackles).
According to Jonathan Smith of the Oregon State Football Coaching staff, there are no weaknesses with the current Buckeye Football team. Defensively they have strong recruits but some new players that need to step up this year including linebackers and safeties Jahsen Wint and Isaiah Pryor.The offensive will also see a new left tackle, Thayer Munford, and Michael Jordan is switching from guard to center.
Big 10 Conference opens play on Thursday night with Minnesota favored over New Mexico State and Purdue slightly favored (-1.5) over Northwestern. But everyone wants to see how Ohio State responds to losing their coach Saturday when they play Oregon State (The Other OSU). Look for the Buckeyes to come out angry. A lack of Meyer on the sideline could be a problem for the football team but they have been unified by the controversy and have an “us versus the world” attitude.
2018 Ohio State Football: Oregon State Trailer