Buckeyes, Sooners prepare for early showdown

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This coming Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners will play their highest profile, more anticipated game of the season, against Ohio State in Columbus. And sometimes it defines seasons, such as in 2012, when Iowa State last played in a bowl game. We've never been here for a team to sing their fight song on our field.

Like the offense, the Ohio State defense imposed their will in the second half of the contest.

Billy Price is pretty sure he'd enjoy a good, brain-teasing puzzle if he had the time to sit down and do one.

Even though it ultimately didn't matter, MI was ranked in the top four of the CFP rankings each of the first four weeks previous year, which showed the committee saw the Wolverines as a playoff team, even after a loss to Iowa. No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners. IN was out-playing the Buckeyes early on, but Ohio State turned things around in the second half thanks to a 36-7 run. Now, instead, the Buckeyes and Irish will compete twice this weekend in a home-and-home series on September 8th and 10th.

A year ago, Mayfield completed 17 of 32 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State.

While it remains to be seen whether or not James will make the trek to Columbus to witness the game in person - as he has done several times throughout his NBA career - the 4-time NBA MVP appears to have donated another gift to his favorite college football program.

Ohio State, meanwhile, made it to the playoff despite not winning their conference. "They had at me three different positions, so I couldn't just hide in my shell at one".

"They have a next-level offensive line", Ohio State defensive tackle Robert Landers told reporters.

"We go as fast as I go", Price said while catching his breath after a morning practice last month.

Furthermore, Oklahoma will field a a skilled secondary that will give J.T. Barrett and the Buckeyes a tough time through the passing game. Both have put together highly accomplished careers so far and will be looked at to lead their respective teams to the win.

"I mean everybody that was here for last year's huge loss definitely remembers that", said Mayfield.

The Michigan Wolverines are favored by 3.5 points on the Week 1 college football odds against the Florida Gators, with a 45-point total in their matchup in Arlington. Properly deploying linemen and fullbacks to stop the evolving looks of some of the country's best defensive lines can be a logistical nightmare. Ohio State's J.T. Barrett finished fifth in the Heisman race as a redshirt freshman in 2014, but in 2015-16, he averaged just 6.7 yards per pass attempt (10.9 per completion).

Add Mike Weber, last year's starter, into the mix at running back this week and the offense could be that much more lethal. The faster Price can come up with a solution, the faster Ohio State's offense can go. Running the ball against Oklahoma's defense most likely will be more hard that at Indiana. "I think that's the biggest thing". "I think Phil Knight - the Nike CEO - Coach Meyer and LeBron, they're all for it. They're big dudes. Looking forward to a great matchup with them".

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