ESPN experts pick Ohio State to beat Oklahoma

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J.T. Barrett threw four touchdowns in a 45-24 win in Norman, Oklahoma, a year ago that helped get Ohio State into the CFP semifinals, and he's coming off a sharp second-half performance against in last week. ABC will be showing the contest for your viewing pleasure. The Buckeyes traveled to IN and handed the Hoosiers their first loss of the season 49-21.

Despite dominant victories, the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football teams are headed in opposite directions in the Associated Press Top 25.

"They just beat us, " Mayfield said.

Not surprisingly, Mayfield, who completed 19 of 20 passes before calling it a day at the half, relied on veteran tight end Mark Andrews, who snagged seven balls for 134 yards and a touchdown.

The Sooners scored a touchdown on their opening drive, and the Miners answered with a 78-yard TD drive. As expected, Mayfield is a prime candidate for the Heisman heading into this season.

But in the second half, Ohio State made a series of adjustments that limited the damage the Hoosiers did through the air. They rushed for 291 yards, intercepted Baker Mayfield twice and cruised to a 45-24 victory over Oklahoma.

The Sooners did not have a obvious choice out of the back field now that Joe Mixon has moved on to play for the Bengals.

Although he only threw for 152 yards, the Buckeyes also picked up 306 on the ground. As a result, three of the crew found their way into the back of the end zone. Unless Florida bounces back to win the SEC East, Michigan might only have one really strong win on its resume by the time November rolls around.

Ohio State's coaches have spent much of the off-season studying Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. ESPN's GameDay studio will be entrenched in Columbus, helping project the game nationally.

J.K. Dobbins was unstoppable, carrying the rock 29 carries for 181 yards but was kept out of the end zone.

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Senior quarterback J.T. Barrett also hasn't found a main target at this point in the season. We're ready to go into a slug match with anybody. Washington caught six passese for 145 yards and two touchdowns. The junior wide out has already eclipsed his 2016 season total of 121 yards.

After a summer of practice seeking solutions on and off the field, it's Price's turn to get Ohio State's offense moving full speed ahead. When the dust had settled, they had recorded five sacks and two interceptions. Weber, who romped for 123 yards against OU past year, returns this week. A year ago in Ohio State's win at Oklahoma, Barrett threw four touchdown passes and passed for 152 yards and ran for 74 as the Buckeyes dominated the Sooners. "They had at me three different positions, so I couldn't just hide in my shell at one. You've got to be able to make sure you are two steps, three steps ahead to make sure you know what the defense is going to do and this is what I need to do". I'll take my chances on the over hitting again on Saturday.

On defense, the Sooners finished 68th nationally previous year in points allowed per game, but the bulk of their struggles came in the early part of the season. That could mean big trouble for a young and inexperienced secondary. Running the ball against Oklahoma's defense most likely will be more hard that at Indiana. If Oklahoma can start the game with a few stops and hold the Buckeyes to limited points in the first and second quarter, their offense will be able to take care of the rest.

Ohio State could very well lose a Big Ten game before it travels to Ann Arbor, so this weekend's game against Oklahoma could be the difference between MI facing a top-five team and a team ranked closer to 10. This video makes me want to run through a wall.

VanHaaren: I underestimated Iowa's defense in Week 1 and chose Wyoming over Iowa. The Cardinal are a ideal 4-0 ATS in their last four road games.

The Sooners are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.

There is only one Big 12 nonconference game left with a currently-ranked opponent: Texas goes to USC on September 16. 17 of its last 24 games as an underdog. Mayfield helped the Sooners average 56 points and almost 500 passing yards per game last season, and containing him is a priority for the Buckeyes.

The Buckeyes are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Four of the last five games in this matchup have gone under.

The only thing every one can agree on is that we think it'll be a close game.

Join the Rainmaker and myself for our 5th addition of our NCAA College Football Throwdown Podcast on September 7th. Florida is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games against the Big Ten.


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