Oklahoma at Ohio State

NORMAN OK – SEPTEMBER 02 Quarterback Baker Mayfield

If the Sooners can get revenge for last year's Buckeye mauling in Norman, Oklahoma's championship hopes will get an enormous boost.

Alabama, led by sophomore QB Jalen Hurts, is however 8-1 ATS in its last nine games in Week 1.

The Buckeyes, who are the No. 2 ranked team in the country, defeated in 49-21 in their season-opener on Thursday. Riley was the offensive coordinator the last two seasons and led an offense that ranked third in the nation in scoring offense (44.2 points per game) during that time.

"There are times when we push it down the field, " said Barrett, who must be tired from constantly having to defend his performance (he's 27-4 as an Ohio State starter).

"He's one of the best players in America, " said Meyer, who sees the game as a good early-season test for his team but downplays the big-picture significance of the matchup.

Andrews finished with four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown against the Buckeyes past year.

Oklahoma comes in after pounding UTEP 56-7 in its opener at home last Saturday. These two met a year ago in Oklahoma, with the Buckeyes getting a 45-24 win. 17 of its last 24 games as an underdog.

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

The coaching staff constructed a more physical preseason largely to prepare for this second go-round against Ohio State. "They had at me three different positions, so I couldn't just hide in my shell at one". Predicated on tempo, Ohio State's offense can move only as quickly as its linemen. "You've got to be able to play people, like Arkansas, that come right at you".

NORMAN OK – SEPTEMBER 02 Tight end Mark Andrews
NORMAN OK – SEPTEMBER 02 Tight end Mark Andrews

OU (1-0) had a great opponent for Riley's debut as the Sooners were simply too much across the board as after allowing UTEP (0-1) to score a touchdown on their opening drive, the Sooners never allowed the Miners to get into the red zone again the rest of the game.

"No one is thinking about a year ago", Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell said. "The big games like this, you see how physical you are". Wisconsin's Troy Fumagalli (seven catches, 84 yards) had a nice game against Ohio State in 2016.

For now, only four teams in all of college football earn a bid to the playoff, but there are five major conferences.

"I'm a very analytical kind of guy, so I like that as a challenge", he said of his shift to center.

It's true that an Ohio State victory would be best for Michigan's eventual chances to go to the College Football Playoff, but fans of the Maize and Blue absolutely should not root for their bitter rival. "Thirty-eight plays of no gain or lost yardage". Ohio State did lose a few key pieces from last season at all three of the levels. "The defensive line played outstanding".

Add Mike Weber, last year's starter, into the mix at running back this week and the offense could be that much more lethal.

Really, though, the Buckeyes were mostly fine in pass defense.

"The accuracy of a quarterback has to do with the timing and relationship he has with the receivers", Meyer said. "I'm looking forward to doing that".