- When: Today 7 p.m. central
- Where: Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Series: Hokies lead 1-0
- Last matchup: Virginia Tech 35 @ Ohio St 21
- Today’s Line: Ohio St -14, O/U 53.5
First thought on this game. Tricky. We’ve already identified heavy movement leaning on Ohio St for obvious reasons. First reason would be defending champions. The public find it’s very difficult to lean on a team who has trouble putting points on the board. However, the public might not realize the Buckeyes our down multiple key players. The individuals suspended are junior defensive end Joey Bosa, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, senior receiver Corey Smith and junior H-back Dontre Wilson. These suspended players cause a huge blow in firepower for the Buckeyes. Joey Bosa is the heart and soul of the defense and make no mistake, without him on the field this defense will give up some points tonight.
The second reason the public is leaning Ohio St is pretty simple. Urban Meyer. This dude really is the best coach in college football in our opinion. However, when you lose your best defensive player and your top 2 WRs, expect to see the the Buckeyes roll slow a bit tonight. Corey Smith and Jalin Marshall are expected to be key contributors this year but with the suspension blocking them from play tonight it will definitely hit the offense hard as they had prior experience against Va Tech’s elite secondary. We predict the 2 true freshman from last year Kendall Fuller Jr. & Brandon Facyson will continue their dominate rookie campaign against a less experience Buckeye WR core.
Even though it may seem were leaning Va Tech, we are not discounting the fact the Buckeyes are and will look like the number 1 team in the nation for most of the year. Once the suspensions are lifted, we see the Buckeyes reassembling and pressing the cruise control button all the way to the college football playoffs for the second year in a row. We also see Braxton Miller getting multiple touches tonight but are not predicting him to have to much of an impact as he takes the time to adjust to the H Back position. See Percy Harvin at Florida if you are not familiar with the H Back position. Braxton will be awesome this year just wanted to temper exceptions for tonight only.
With the suspensions looming, Buckeyes suffering from a championship hangover, stellar home field advantage and Hokies prime time ready D we are predicting Va Tech to keep it close. Va tech will play alot of bend with no break until a late score catapults Ohio St in the lead. Close is fine but no freaking way they are beating the Buckeyes tonight with Barrett/Jones and Ezekiel Elliot leading the Buckeyes offense to just enough points in a solid road win over the Hokies 24-20.
Buckeyes 24 – Hokies 20