The matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Oklahoma Sooners is the game of the weekend in College Football. Now that we’re only two days away from kickoff, here are three keys to victory for the home squad:
The Buckeyes’ Offense Needs To Start Hot
It’s easy to forget how ineffective the Ohio State offense was early on against the Hoosiers before a 36-point explosion in the second half.
As a matter of fact, following the opening drive, the Buckeyes punted on four-straight possessions, including three of which came via the three-and-out variety. If the Bucks don’t amp things up early and often on the offensive side of the ball with the Sooners offense waiting in the wings it could spell D-O-O-M.
Improved Third-Down Efficiency From J.T. Barrett
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was fantastic during his freshman campaign, completing 65 percent of his passing attempts on 3rd down.
However, that number dropped to 57% last season and only 50% in a week-1 victory over Indiana. Barrett knows he needs to be held accountable if he’s going to help lead his team back to the College Football Playoff. This weekend, he’ll need to move the sticks on 3rd down.
Time Of Possession
With Mike Weber back in action, it’s likely the Bucks will be a run-first squad in primetime on Saturday.
Ohio State won’t only want to put plenty of points on the board, but eat up the clock in the process. If they can do just that, it will ware down the Sooners’ defense as well as force Baker Mayfield to helplessly watch from the sideline.