Buckeyes, Sooners prepare for early showdown

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier walks off the field after after a 31-24 loss in an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Landover Md. West Virginia and Texas both in the Top 25 to start this

When the Oklahoma Sooners visit the Ohio State Buckeyes in Saturday night's mega-clash at the Horseshoe - a non-conference affair that should sway the top-10 power structure if not the eventual College Football Playoff selections - the game will stand on its own merit. Oklahoma also lost running back Joe Mixon, the team's No. 2 receiver last season, and Geno Lewis, who was third on the team in receptions and fourth in yards last season.

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.

But with Irma due to become one of the largest and most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall on the United States, the two visiting teams have changed their plans.

For two-and-a-half quarters of football, the Hoosiers seemed to expose the second-ranked Buckeyes, even though Ohio State's 29 unanswered points and 49-21 win suggested otherwise. 3 Florida State on a neutral field.

Parker and Okoronkwo haven't forgotten the beating they took against the Buckeyes a year ago. His emergence is critical now that last year's Biletnikoff Award victor, Dede Westbrook, is with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Sooners have maybe the best quarterback (Baker Mayfield) and offensive line in college football, and while the OU receiving corps is still figuring out life without star Dede Westbrook, the first impression from tight end Mark Andrews (seven catches for 134 yards against UTEP) and Kentucky transfer Jeff Badet (four for 91) was quite positive. 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. The Buckeyes are favored by just over a touchdown at home.

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This game features college football's top two programs. On Wednesday night, Ohio State running back Mike Weber posted an image of what appears to be a new LeBron James 'Solider 11 Nike cleat to his personal Snapchat account. "I don't honestly believe that will be a huge factor in this one. I really wanted to see how the DBs were playing for Ohio State, kind of like me watching film".

"Hey, if you scared, you don't wanna go hard?" Against Indiana, he was 20 of 35 for 304 yards and three touchdowns - nice numbers, especially considering that eight passes were dropped - but he was haunted by a lackluster first half. Saturday's game takes place from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes went over the 55-point total in the win.

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. "That's the thing when you see guys like that that bothers you".

"I could care less", said Mayfield when asked about a must-win. Properly deploying linemen and fullbacks to stop the evolving looks of some of the country's best defensive lines can be a logistical nightmare. Look for Oklahoma to start strong this time around. The faster Price can come up with a solution, the faster Ohio State's offense can go. Meanwhile, the Buckeye defense forced three IN turnovers.

"He's a very accurate passer", Meyer said. "They're big dudes. Looking forward to a great matchup with them". "I think with those guys you have to give them a lot of respect".

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