College Football: A Look Ahead to #4 Ohio State vs. #15 TCU
Here is my preview of the college football matchup between 4th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and the 15th ranked Texas Christian Horned Frogs on Saturday.
These 2-0 teams will face off in primetime at 8 pm tonight on ABC. Both teams will be looking to continue their win streak to make it to the College Football Playoff. Ohio State is coming into this game off a convincing win over Rutgers last week and crushed Oregon State in week one. TCU provides a tougher matchup than both of those teams. TCU had two convincing wins over Southern U (week one) and SMU (week two). This game is at AT&T Stadium, a neutral playing site. It should be the big game to watch. With Urban Meyer still suspended, Ohio State Buckeyes interim coach Ryan Day could prove his worth if he beats Gary Patterson and the TCU Horned Frogs in a big game. Here are some matchups to look for in a contested game against two undefeated teams so far.
TCU Wide Reciever/ Returner KaVontae Turpin vs. Ohio State Special Teams/ Cornerbacks
The Ohio State secondary and special teams will have to make sure they account for the wide receiver and returner KaVontae Turpin at all times. The Senior wide receiver/ returner is an explosive playmaker, leading the Horned Frogs in receiving yards and has a five total (Kick and Punt) returns in all four years he has played at TCU. Ohio State has not allowed a return so far this season as they will look to keep that streak going. Turpin had four catches for 64 yards and touchdown last against SMU as he a threat to score a touchdown anywhere on the field.
Ohio State cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield, Shaun Wade, and Damon Arnette should be in charge of keeping him under wraps in this game. Both Wade and Sheffield had a pick last week against Rutgers and should matchup against Turpin to match his speed.
Ohio State Defensive Ends Nick Bosa vs. TCU Left Tackles Austin Myers/ Anthony McKinney, Quarterback Shawn Robinson
Defensive end Nick Bosa will go mostly against left tackles Austin Myers and Anthony McKinney. The TCU left tackles are still competing for the starting job. Depending on who plays better and limits the junior pass rusher will play the most. Bosa has three sacks already in 2 games. He makes up the best pass rush duo in college football with Chase Young on the other side.
Dual-threat quarterback Shawn Robinson will need to be mobile to keep the Ohio State defense honest and keep them at their heels. The sophomore quarterback is a significant threat running the ball as he has three rushing touchdowns in 2 games. The Buckeyes defensive lineman will have to contain Robinson in the pocket and make him beat them through the air as he has thrown four touchdowns but one pick and has struggled with accuracy at times.
TCU Defensive Lineman Ben Banogu and Corey Bethley vs. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins
The TCU defense, more specifically the defensive line with Defensive end Ben Banogu and Defensive tackle Corey Bethley, will have to pressure quarterback Dwayne Haskins. At the same time, TCU cannot forget about the run game with running back J.K. Dobbins and quarterback Tate Martell on certain plays. The redshirt senior defensive end is coming off an 8.5 sack season last season (so far one sack in 2018) and will be in charge in rushing Haskins off the edge. The sophomore defensive tackle has stepped up in light of an injury to Ross Blacklock, sacking the quarterback three times so far and should give Haskins some interior pressure he may not be used to. Haskins has been solid so far in his sophomore start, throwing nine touchdowns to one pick and needs to pressure if the Horned Frogs want to stall their potent offense.
Game Prediction: I think this game will be the toughest matchup Ohio State has had as TCU will give them a run for their money. However, the interim head coach will end up 3-0 anyway in Meyer’s absence.
Shawn Robinson should give Ohio State a challenge, but I do not think they ultimately have enough weapons on offense to challenge the Buckeyes. The Horned Frogs defense overall might have the edge over Ohio State. However, the Buckeyes offense is still superior and has the weapons to still get it done. If Dwayne Haskins does not get pressured early, their offense should have their way as Robinson could struggle against the Buckeyes pass rushers. I expect them to contain TCU’s offensive playmakers enough to win the game.Follow @kookykim1357
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