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Gleitman’s Gameday Guide: Akron Week

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Welcome to Gleitman’s Gameday Guide, presented by Steamboat Dry Goods, a quick-hitting resource for fans on Buckeye Scoop as they prepare for the upcoming Ohio State game and the national slate of college football each week.

This guide will include my five players who must step up each week for the Buckeyes to win, score prediction and how it plays out, and “brave and bold” predictions for the upcoming contest. Additionally, I’ll take a look at the national and Big Ten games to let you know my picks (straight up and vs. the spread), as well as who I am picking as my four teams to advance to the College Football Playoff each week.

This week, Gleitman’s Gameday Guide takes a look at the Buckeyes next game against Tulsa following the disappointing loss to Oregon, as well as the rest of college football in week three.

FIVE PLAYERS WHO MUST STEP UP FOR OHIO STATE TO WIN

The Buckeyes are a big 49.5-point favorites in this one, and there is no reason that they shouldn’t have their way with Akron. Here are five players that need to step up to ensure Ohio State wins this the way they should:

  • QB Kyle McCord: I have a feeling he is going to get the start Saturday night. And Kyle will have to play well for OSU to win this one as comfortably as they are projected to.
  • Interior OL:Matt Jones (likely in for Munford), Luke Wypler, and Paris Johnson need to be more productive than this group has been thus far in 2021. If they can’t do it against Akron that will be a problem.
  • Defensive Line: Been a very underwhelming season for the Rushmen so far. They need to get after the quarterback and make negative plays in the backfield.
  • WR Chris Olave: Ohio State needs him to be a guaranteed performer week in and week out. No catches last week needs to change fast.
  • RB TreVeyon Henderson: Ohio State may have found something to lean on in Henderson’s record-breaking performance last week. They need the star back to be able to do it again.

GAME PREDICTION

This will be covered in our weekly staff picks, but I want to provide it here as well:

Akron is one of the worst teams in FBS this year and even with Ohio State’s struggles they should still beat them like a drum. If this game is close for really any more than a quarter AT MOST, then we should be worried about what the rest of the season will be like for the Buckeyes.

On offense, no matter who plays at quarterback (McCord or Miller) should have success. I’m predicting a big game for Kyle McCord, though, and an ensuing QB controversy amongst FANS to follow. I think TreVeyon Henderson and the other backs will have big games too (you may even see Evan Pryor), and I expect this to be a “feel good” game for this group.

On defense, I think it will be much of the same. You should see a dominating performance by the defensive line for the first time this year. I think the linebackers will at least look like they took steps forward. And I expect the young secondary to continue to progress with guys like Cameron Martinez and Ryan Watts to see some strong minutes.

I truly feel this will be a dominating performance from start to finish for OSU. I don’t think you can put much stock into that though, as Akron is REALLY bad, but at least it should give this group a little confidence as they enter full-on conference play in October.

Ohio State 59 Akron 10

BRAVE AND BOLD PREDICTIONS

While the score prediction is pretty straight forward, here are three “brave and bold” predictions each week that I’ll make about things that happen in the game:

  • Kyle McCord goes for 300+. I think McCord is going to be slinging it and will “announce his arrival” this weekend. I expect him to do some big things and throw for 300+ yards along with 3 TDs for the Buckeyes.
  • Three running backs go over 100 yards. I think OSU will have over 600 yards of total offense and closer to, if not, 700 yards. I think TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams, and Master Teague all go for 100+.
  • The defense hasn’t turned opponents over all that much so far this year. I am calling for at least three turnovers by the defense. I’ll say one fumble recovery and two interceptions at minimum.

THE PICKS

Every week I will pick every Big Ten game and a few select national games both straight up and against the spread (LW SU: 8-7; LW ATS: 5-10; TOTAL SU: 28-17; TOTAL ATS: 24-21)

  • Akron at Ohio State (-49.5): Ohio State SU & Akron ATS
  • Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin (-6.5; in Chicago): Wisconsin SU & ATS
  • Bowling Green at Minnesota (-31): Minnesota SU & BGSU ATS
  • Ohio at Northwestern (-14.5): Northwestern SU & OU ATS
  • Colorado State at Iowa (-23.5): Iowa SU & ATS
  • Rutgers at Michigan (-20): Michigan SU & ATS
  • Illinois at Purdue (-11): Purdue SU & ATS
  • Kent State at Maryland (-14.5): UMD SU & ATS
  • Nebraska at Michigan State (-5): Nebraska SU & ATS
  • Indiana at Western Kentucky (+9): IU SU & WKU ATS
  • Texas A&M vs. Arkansas (+4.5; in Dallas): TAMU SU & ATS
  • Clemson at NC State (+10): Clemson SU & NCST ATS
  • Iowa State at Baylor (+7): ISU SU & ATS
  • UCLA at Stanford (+4.5): UCLA SU & ATS
  • WVU at Oklahoma (-17): OU SU & ATS
  • Kansas State at Oklahoma State (-6): OKST SU & ATS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PICKS

Here are my weekly picks for the CFP (top 4 and first 2 out) every week heading into the slate of games:

  1. Alabama: Showed they were vulnerable last week, but survived The Swamp. (Last Week: 1)
  2. Georgia: Dominated a bad South Carolina team. Offense still suspect but defense is the real deal. (Last Week: 2)
  3. Oregon: Easy win against Stony Brook and should be another easy one against Arizona this week. (Last Week: 3)
  4. Oklahoma: Did not look good against Nebraska but found a way to win. Think they bounce back in a big way against WVU and dominate. They keep this spot for now but are at risk of dropping. (Last Week: 4)
  5. Iowa: Beat Kent State easily and stay in this spot. Easier path to the B1G title game being in the West gives them the nod over PSU for the B1G spot here. (Last Week: 5)
  6. Penn State: Big win in the “White Out” against Auburn. They jump Clemson (now at 9 for me) who is not looking good on offense and remain above Cincinnati (now at 7), who had a big win against Indiana, as well as Texas A&M (at 8). Ohio State would be at 10 for me at the moment. (Last Week: NR)

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