The last time that we say an Oregon and Ohio State matchup was in the National Championship of the College Football Playoff in 2015. That was a game in which, the Ducks did not put up a good fight. The Buckeyes won that game 42-20. This time though, it should be an even battle between the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes.
Quarterback Struggle On Both Sides
The Ohio State Buckeyes named CJ Stroud as their QB. Stroud was the backup to Justin Fields last fall. Before the first week, the Buckeyes had three quarterbacks that had no experience passing the ball at the collegiate level. CJ Stroud is a guy that is young and inexperienced but has some potential. Against Minnesota in week one, Stroud went 13-22 with 294 yards, 4 Touchdowns, and 1 Interception.
The Oregon Quarterback situation is not much better. Last week, the Ducks started fifth-year senior Anthony Brown against Fresno State. He went 15-24 with 172 yards and a touchdown. He also had a big rushing touchdown that won the game for the Ducks as well. After this game, Duck fans were calling for a change at quarterback for Freshman Ty Thompson to start.
Currently listed as day-to-day with an ankle sprain, Thibodeaux is a key piece on the Ducks defense. If he is not able to go on Saturday. The Ducks may struggle to stop the run game of the Buckeyes. He will not only help stop the run game but also provide pressure on the Quarterback.
Last week the Ohio State defense got demoralized by Mohamed Ibrahim. He took 30 carries for 163 yards with two touchdowns. As the Minnesota Golden Gophers rushed for over 200 yards. Verdell rushed for over 1,000 yards in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. The Ducks will look for Verdell to rush over 100 yards if they want to truly compete against Ohio State.
The Buckeyes best Wide Receiver will try to run free against a good Oregon defense. Against Minnesota, he had 4 receptions for 117 yards. This may be hard to do against a tougher Oregon defense.
For the second key group, it wont be up to just one player. It will be up to the entire Defensive line. If they can stop the Oregon run game, they could easily take this game.
Odds, Over/Under, Moneyline
Over the course of time, the history between these two teams is one sided. With Ohio State winning the first nine matches. The experts are going against the spread. This game will come down to which defense can step up and stop the other teams offense plain and simple. Though no matter who wins, this will be a great game to watch.
PREDICTION: Oregon wins 30-27
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