Tulsa scored 45 points in their opening game against San Jose State, now the Buckeye defense awaits them in Columbus, Ohio. We should have a better idea of how good the defensive unit for Ohio State is on Saturday night, after facing a talented and experienced group on the other end.
Let’s take a look at what Ohio State’s going up against on the defensive side of the ball. Starting with:
Evans, the starting quarterback for the Golden Hurricane is now a senior at Tulsa. As a sophomore he threw for 3,000 yards, then followed that up with over 4,300 yards his junior season. Evans only completed 12 of 23 passes last week. However, he didn’t throw an interception and averaged 16.5 yards per completion. Expect the senior signal caller to be well-prepared for a stiff test in” The Shoe” this weekend.
Brewer, a junior at Tulsa, got the starting job at running back last season. This year he’s off to a blazing start, rushing for 164 yards and three touchdowns in his season debut. It’s only been one week, but it’s worth noting both Tulsa’s rushing offense and Ohio State’s rushing defense are top-25 units in the country. What I’m trying to say is something’s gotta give on Saturday afternoon.
Wide Receiver Trio
The Tulsa wide receivers to keep an eye on this weekend are seniors Keevan Lucas and Josh Atkinson, as well as sophomore Justin Hobbs. Atkinson was the leader of the three last year, with over 1,000 yards receiving. Lucas was the top receiver last week with 112 yards, but sophomore Hobbs was the lone receiver with a touchdown. Corners Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore will have to be on their toes when the two squads face off on Saturday.
Ohio State should be able to score plenty on Saturday with their arsenal of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. It’s their defense that will need to improve, or at least play up to par, if the team hopes to be in the College Football Playoff at season’s end. Although the Buckeyes shouldn’t have much trouble on the scoreboard, the defense has a great opportunity to improve and gain some valuable experience with a road trip to Norman, Oklahoma coming up the next week. Tulsa’s offense is good enough for them to be a team you can’t simply look past, but after seeing Ohio State’s offense put up record numbers in week one, it’s extremely difficult to validate the phrase “upset alert” for the Bucks this weekend.