NORMAN, OK — In a prime-time game Saturday night, the Ohio State Buckeyes will hit the road for the first time to face the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman. It will be the first real test for a team that has rolled over two subpar teams at home to start the season.
For Oklahoma, this begins a stretch of three challenging games against strong opponents. After OSU, the Sooners will get a week off before traveling to TCU and will then return home the following week to host Texas.
Oklahoma is still trying to recover from their opening day home loss to Houston. Many preseason prognosticators had the Sooners going back to the College Football Playoffs again this year. Although it still may happen, the road got a little tougher for them.
Which is why this is such a big game for them. Led by Junior Quarterback Baker Mayfield, a win over the powerful third-ranked Buckeyes would not only build momentum but would almost certainly get them back in the playoff discussion.
Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer brings a team to Norman that returns only 6 starters from last year. But don’t let that concern Buckeye fans. The talent is always there, and one of the returning starters is Quarterback J.T. Barrett.
Barrett is a terrific dual-threat Quarterback who has started strong in the first two games. He passed for almost 500 yards and 6 touchdowns in those games and ran the ball for another three scores.
At running back, it appears there will be a little dropoff from last years star, Ezekiel Elliott, as Mike Weber steps into the primary role. Weber has totaled 228 rush yards in the first two games while Curtis Samuel has added 162 yards on the ground in addition to 14 receptions.
This will be the first meeting between these teams since 1983 and only the third overall. With so much on the line, this will definitely be a game worth watching.