Saturday night in Columbus — the atmosphere should be intense for a primetime showdown between Ohio State and Oklahoma.
The No. 2-ranked Buckeyes got off the blocks fast with a solid conference road win to open the year. They took down Indiana in Bloomington 49-21 behind senior quarterback J.T. Barrett. The fourth-year signal caller went 20-35 for 305 yards and three touchdowns — leading a potent Buckeyes attack. Barrett figures to be in the Heisman mix this year. A strong performance against a top opponent in a spotlight game wouldn’t hurt his cause.
The Sooners are looking for some revenge after dropping a rare home game in Norman to Ohio State a year ago. The coach Lincoln Riley-era began with a 56-7 drubbing of UTEP, and so hopes are high that Oklahoma can turn the tables on the Buckeyes Saturday night. Quarterback Baker Mayfield — another who figures to be in the Heisman conversation — was nearly flawless. He went 19-20 for 320 yards and three scores in OU’s rout of the Miners. A repeat performance would give the Sooners a big chance on Saturday night.
Kickoff for the game is 8:00 p.m. ET. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the action. The game will air live on ABC. It will also be streamed online, via WatchESPN, free with a cable subscription. The Watch ESPN app can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Store, and the Google Play store.
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