Here are our over/under predictions as the Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Norman, Oklahoma to face the Sooners:
100 Yards Rushing for Mike Weber
Over. Urban Meyer has made it clear he wants his team to lead the Big Ten Conference in rushing yards. Weber has already proven he’s the real deal at running back to Buckeye fans, this weekend he’ll let the entire country know he’s legit.
150 Combined Yards Rushing from Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon
At first I thought these two Oklahoma running backs would be over, but after thinking about it I’m taking the under. That’s because both of these backs can be lethal in the screen game as receivers as well. They’ll probably combine for somewhere between 125 and 145 yards rushing in this matchup.
50 Yards Rushing from J.T. Barrett
Over. Quarterback J.T. Barrett will excel in both designed runs and broken plays for some nice yardage on the ground in this one. I wouldn’t be shocked if he rushed for 100 yards. He steps up when the Bucks aren’t heavy favorites to win.
2.5 Passing Touchdowns for Baker Mayfield
Over. The Buckeyes defense last week made a goal-line stand on fourth down from the 1-yard line. Oklahoma will put an emphasis on trying to score through the air, not giving Ohio State defenders such as linebacker Raekwon McMillan a chance to pounce in the backfield with less room to work from the line of scrimmage. Also, it’s clear that I’m expecting a high-scoring game with this prediction.
2.5 Passing Touchdowns for J.T. Barrett
Under. This is in no way a negative towards Barrett at quarterback. It’s more of a nod to the rushing attack of the Buckeyes in this game. Think about the weapons who can score rushing touchdowns for the Bucks. Barrett at QB and Weber, Curtis Samuel and Dontre Wilson at RB. Oklahoma will be spread out on defense, leaving some large spaces for the several athletes the Buckeyes have to find some big gaps and get into the end zone.
A Turnover Differential of Zero for the Buckeyes
Under. With a high-scoring contest, both teams will feel the pressure with each squad turning the ball over at least once. Ohio State has an opportunistic secondary and Oklahoma has a quarterback who’s yet to throw and interception. Baker Mayfield is both experienced and playing at home on Saturday. I’m giving the edge to Oklahoma in the turnover department, even though I do believe Mayfield will throw one interception on Saturday evening.