Ohio State's offense also started slowly at IN but picked up steam behind the running of true freshman J.K. Dobbins, who gained 181 yards IN his college debut, and J.T. Barrett's 304 passing yards and three touchdowns. And even though Ohio State lost some great players from last year's team, this is still a bona fide championship contender playing at home. At 10-2, they had reeled off 9 wins in a row since the Ohio State debacle. "That's like the M.O. of our team".
The only thing every one can agree on is that we think it'll be a close game. No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners.
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.
And when the Buckeyes take the field, it appears they'll have LeBron James on their side. It was, he says, his idea of a good time.
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"We've watched it together a million times", added Okoronkwo. "It's not really a matchup between us".
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.
Both teams started 1-0, but looked distinctly different.
Sure, they won the Sugar Bowl, they'll arrive in Columbus with the nation's longest win streak, but last season's loss to Ohio State was a wrong that was never righted. Make no mistake, this game presents an enormous challenge. As a defense, you go back and look at that. "It's always a hard process when you turn a basketball shoe into a cleat, so we finally was able to find a shoe that fits the Nike lab football cleat". "There's a lot we have to fix, but this is why we prepare". This game could signal the direction this season will go for third-year coach Mike Riley.
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Price and Elflein regularly practiced snapping after practices in past years and worked through the nuanced differences in footwork that come from the limited space in which the center gets to operate. As someone who's been a top-four Heisman finisher twice, he has the name recognition to be a slam-dunk candidate; getting actual first-place votes is another matter, one likely to require a signature nonconference win on top of success against the Big 12.
But the hurt remains. The Sooners are headed into the Horseshoe, one of the toughest stadiums to play in nationally, they have a first year head coach, and they'll be facing one of the most talented teams in the country.
"Oh, definitely", Campbell said. And that's something we talked about during camp.
Given the lingering stigma associated with Big 12 defenses - last week's Texas loss to Maryland and Baylor loss to Liberty didn't help - Mayfield needs a big high-profile nonconference performance against a team like Ohio State to build momentum and avoid having to play catch-up in the race again.More news: Seven girls killed in fire at Kenya high school
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