The Ohio State Buckeyes must play well as a team to beat the Oklahoma So0ners, but these five players will have to perform at an even higher level if the Bucks end up starting the 2016 season with a record of 3-0:
The Buckeyes will have to put plenty of pressure on Baker Mayfield in order to win on Saturday night. Defensive end Sam Hubbard will be the main ingredient in that phase of the game. It’ll also be important for defensive ends on the Bucks D to try to keep Mayfield in the pocket and avoid him making plays with his legs or rolling out of the pocket for a huge connection with a receiver downfield.
The starting middle linebacker for Ohio State is a tackling machine. He’ll be asked to do a multitude of assignments against the offense of the Sooners, including covering receivers in the middle of the field at times and being the main guy who negates explosive run plays from the opponent’s arsenal.
The starting safety has three interceptions in his first two games of 2016. He’ll face his toughest assignment yet this weekend, and have to cover plenty of ground against an Oklahoma offense with plenty of athletes who can do some damage with just a little space.
Curtis Samuel should have a great game on Saturday, but will also be a focal point for the Sooner defense. With the heightened attention on Samuel, Wilson will be given a better chance of making some game-changing plays on the offensive side of the ball. He must take advantage for the Bucks to be victorious.
This one’s pretty obvious. Barrett has the ability to take over this game with both his arm and his legs. Expect a huge game from J.T. He’ll have to have one if the Buckeyes are 3-0 on Sunday.