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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 home opener for Ohio State against Oregon, as well as week 2 of the college football season for the rest of the country.
FIVE PLAYERS WHO MUST STEP UP FOR OHIO STATE TO WIN
The Buckeyes are a big 15-point favorites in this one, but Oregon is more than a formidable opponent and they will need everyone to step up on Saturday afternoon. Here are five players that need to step up to ensure Ohio State wins this big test:
- QB CJ Stroud: Obvious one here. The Buckeyes’ first-year starter and second year player has a lot of pressure on him to perform. If he’s able to do that on Saturday, it will make getting a win, and a comfortable win, that much easier.
- RT Dawand Jones: Jones was the highest graded lineman for Ohio State in week one but will have his hands full with Kayvon Thibodeaux. While KT may not be 100-percent in this one, Oregon people expect him to play, and you can bet they’ll test their luck against Jones more than against Nick Petit-Frere.
- LB Cody Simon: Anthony Brown, Oregon’s quarterback, is a runner. That means Ohio State may be spying him a bit, and I would guess that Simon gets the call. Those duties, in addition to stopping CJ Verdell and the rushing attack, will be a big part of OSU winning this game.
- OSU Cornerbacks: I will put them all here because we’re not sure who is going to play. I think if the Ducks watched the game last week they will try and attack OSU’s young corners if they don’t have Sevyn Banks and/or Cam Brown back. These guys need to step up and avoid giving up big plays/key pass interference or holding penalties.
- Deep Safety: We’re not sure if Josh Proctor plays. If he doesn’t, Bryson Shaw is likely next man up. Whoever it is will be crucial in making sure Brown, Verdell, and Dye (Oregon’s “Three Headed Rushing Monster”) don’t break big plays. Additionally this position will be counted on to help out the young corners.
This will be covered in our weekly staff picks, but I want to provide it here as well:
I think this is going to be a closer game than most think. Before seeing Oregon play, I thought I was going to predict an OSU loss this week, but after watching the Ducks, I think the Buckeyes are in a better position than I originally thought, despite their shortcomings on defense and the youth/inexperience at the quarterback position.
In the first half, I am expecting a defensive battle of sorts. I know everyone thinks this is going to be a high scoring game (i.e. in the 40s for both), but I think Oregon’s defense is going to throw some challenges at the young Ohio State signal caller, and I think the Buckeyes will be able to defend Oregon’s strength of the ground game pretty well. Let’s call it something like 17-13 heading into the half.
The second half is where I think things tend to open up a bit, and I think the Buckeyes will hit a few of those big plays, both through the air to their elite receivers, as well as on the ground via TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams.
I’m not saying they’ll need a game winning drive or game winning defensive stop to get the victory, but I do think this one will be within reach for the Ducks for most of the 60 minutes of play. The Buckeyes will do just enough, though, to make sure they stay on top when the final whistle blows.
Ohio State 38 Oregon 27
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:
- Ohio State gets a big/explosive play on special teams. I will go out on the limb and say blocked punt returned for a touchdown, but leaving this open to a return for a score, blocked kick, etc.
- Tight End Touchdown Day: I think Ohio State tight ends will score not one, but two touchdowns in this game. Going with Ruckert for two, although don’t be surprised to see a Cade Stover call at the goal line.
- Interception for Denzel Burke. Enough said.
Every week I will pick every Big Ten game and a few select national games both straight up and against the spread (LW SU: 9-6; LW ATS: 12-3; TOTAL SU: 9-6; TOTAL ATS: 12-3)
- Oregon at Ohio State (-14.5): Ohio State SU & Oregon ATS
- Illinois at Virginia (-10): UVA SU & Illinois ATS
- Miami-OH at Minnesota (-20): Minny SU & ATS
- Rutgers at Syracuse (+2.5): RU SU & ATS
- Purdue at UConn (+34): Purdue SU & ATS
- Ball State at Penn State (-22.5): Penn State SU & ATS
- Buffalo at Nebraska (-13.5): Nebraska SU & Buffalo ATS
- Iowa at Iowa State (-4.5): Iowa SU & ATS
- Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin (-26): Wisconsin SU & ATS
- Washington at Michigan (-7): Michigan SU & ATS
- Texas at Arkansas (+7): Texas SU & ATS
- Texas A&M at Colorado (+17): TAMU SU & ATS
- Utah at BYU (+7): Utah SU & ATS
- Stanford at USC (-17): USC SU & ATS
- Appalachian State at Miami-FL (-9): Miami 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:
- Alabama: Until someone knocks the king off the throne, this is where they start for me. They lost a lot but they reload as per usual and they showed it last week. (Last Week: 1)
- Georgia: Best win of anyone so far this year so they move up from 4 to 2. Offense is a big question mark and could cause them to slide quickly. (Last Week: 4)
- Ohio State: New quarterback and a shaky defense need to prove they are for real. I said that last week and it stands after an up and down showing in week one. (Last Week: 3)
- Oklahoma: Flip with Georgia after nearly blowing it against Tulane. Offense should be good, but the defense is the question mark. (Last Week: 2)
- Texas A&M: Until the smoke clears, right now they go here, but these last two spots are going to be up for grabs weekly. (Last Week: Not Featured)
- Clemson: They lost and didn’t look good BUT I think they run the table and end up back in the playoffs as 12-1 ACC Champs so they hang around at 6. I wanted to put them at 11 but I wimped out. (Last Week: 5)
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