Ohio State vs TCU : Ohio State continued to build its early-season momentum in its outing against Rutgers last week, defeating the Scarlet Knights 52-3. The win was the 900th in program history and, though coming against Rutgers, gave the Buckeyes an early leg up in the Big Ten East. Ohio State controlled the game from start to finish, with a stout defense that gave up just 134 yards from scrimmage. The Big Ten game also provided a crucial tuneup for the Buckeyes’ matchup this week with TCU, its toughest non-conference test of the season.
How to watch Ohio State vs TCU
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Ohio State (2-0) vs TCU (2-0) Game Preview
Over the past two seasons, the Oklahoma vs. Ohio State matchup was the giant Big 12 vs. Big Ten fight that ended up being a giant deal in the College Football Playoff chase.
This year, it’s TCU vs. the Buckeyes, and it’s a shot for Gary Patterson’s team to prove that it’s potentially good enough to be considered as more than just a good team in Oklahoma’s conference.
But Ohio State has been flawless so far without that Urban Meyer guy as the in-game head coach.
The defense gave up some yards to Oregon State – whatever. The offense has been an unstoppable machine. Next week the Buckeyes get Tulane, and they get their guy back from suspension to prepare for the Penn State showdown. All they need to do is get through this.
TCU was great against Southern, and needed a half to wake up after a delay on a Thursday night game. With a trip to Texas next, a loss could be the start of a rough run.
One Reason Why Ohio State Will Win
Nothing in college football is working better than the Ohio State offense at the moment.
Oregon State and Rutgers are Power Five programs with some Power Five talents, and the Buckeyes roared through both of them like they weren’t even there.
No. 1 in the nation in third down conversion, No. 1 in completion percentage, No. 2 in total offense – Oklahoma State has that after two cream-puff games – and with a breathtaking array of weapons to keep it all going, TCU doesn’t have the offensive firepower to keep up.
Horned Frog QB Shawn Robinson has been fine, but he hasn’t turned it loose yet with the passing game. TCU’s offensive line has yet to allow a sack, but TCU O, meet Nick Bosa and company. The Buckeye pass rush is coming. However …
One Reason Why TCU Will Win
Robinson should be ready for this.
The talent is undeniable, but he just needs the experience. He has two games to tune-up, and he’s been solid with 112 rushing yards and three scores, and hitting 62% of his passes with a whole slew of big plays.
The talent is also there on the defensive side. Patterson and his coaching staff are good enough to throw the Buckeye offense several curveballs, and it starts with a secondary that hasn’t allowed much of anything so far.
To help do that, OSU QB Dwayne Haskins has to feel a little bit of heat – that hasn’t happened so far. He’s getting all the speedy parts involved, the NFL-caliber backs are doing their part, and the receivers are exploding. That has to be slowed down by a Horned Frog defensive front that should be able to get behind the line – at least, it should be able to do that more than Oregon State and Rutgers did.
Will penalties play a role? The Horned Frogs have been relatively clean so far, but Ohio State has been hit with flags 17 times in the first two games.
Patterson’s team isn’t going to hurt itself.
Prediction & Line
Ohio State 34, TCU 20
Line: Ohio State -13, o/u: 60
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3