Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

OU Sooners prepare for massive showdown

OU Sooners prepare for massive showdown

Furthermore, Oklahoma will field a a skilled secondary that will give J.T. Barrett and the Buckeyes a tough time through the passing game. Instead, Ohio State averaged 47.4 points per game the remainder of the year, imposing their will on every team they played en route to a 59-0 Big Ten Championship win over Wisconsin that solidified their spot in the playoff. Urban Meyer's team has a deadly combination of leadership and athleticism.

The Buckeyes' area of vulnerability could be the secondary. First impressions were inconclusive. Oklahoma 6. USC 7.

The Irish will travel to Ohio State on Friday, September 8 for a match that is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET and then host the Buckeyes at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 10 in Purcell Pavilion. Meanwhile, the Buckeye defense forced three IN turnovers.

This should be a much closer game than last year's meeting.

Still, OU could be a dramatic upgrade in competition. Oklahoma dominated all aspects of the win, as the Sooners posted 676 yards of offense while allowing just 167 to UTEP. At the end of the day, Ohio State rushed the football 51 times for over 250 yards and three scores.

The all-Texan quarterback duel of Mayfield (Lake Travis) vs. J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls Rider) will help establish a Heisman Trophy frontrunner, but there's so much more to this showdown.

Oklahoma just opened its season with a 56-7 rout of UTEP on Saturday, covering the spread as a 42-point favorite. Campbell led all receivers with six receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. Fourteen players caught at least one pass.

On their other 13 possessions, he caught two balls. "No. It's going to be a huge matchup in the trenches". That's one area where tempo can be ruthless, when it keeps the defense from substituting, keeping your personnel advantage intact. This came after Mayfield had a fourth-place season in 2015, when the Sooners did make the playoff and he threw for 3,700 yards and 36 TDs.

Badet is easy to explain: he's very fast. He is slight in stature (6'0, 178), but he is a blazer, and he has experience lining up in different areas of the field. It could be a better contest than a season ago, but might still see a Buckeyes win, especially seeing as they are hosting, enjoying one of the best home records in the country over the last few years. That's a matchup issue. This video makes me want to run through a wall. But despite this efficiency, he almost matches Badet with a career average of 16.5 yards per catch.

-TE Grant Calcaterra, a true freshman, showed that he could be a viable second option at tight end to complement Mark Andrews, coming up with a strong performance in the opener. "I don't know that you can define that, but we expect him to be very productive, a matchup we can really exploit", Riley said.

Thanks to Mayfield, Oklahoma has what should be a substantial edge in the passing game. Ohio State rolled up 443 yards of offense in that game, with 291 of those yards on the ground.

Ohio State has a tough conference schedule this year, having to play both Penn State and Michigan State at home and Michigan on the road, with the Nittany Lions and Wolverines now ranked fourth and eighth in the AP Poll, respectively. This game is happening too early in the season for Nebraska.

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