Heading into the season, the marquee match up in week two remained a rematch between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Ohio State Buckeyes. As ESPN’s GameDay crew heads to Columbus, Ohio, the two juggernauts will clash on the gridiron. However, if the crimson and cream hopes to pull out an inprobable win, they’ll need to rely on these three offensive keys to game.
Offensive Keys To The Game
Protection From The Offensive Line
At the beginning of the season, Athlon as well as Phil Steele ranked the Sooners’ offensive line at the best in college football. Facing one of the better defensive lines in the country, all eyes will be on the line of scrimmage. OU gave up a sack in week one against a much weaker opponent. Now facing the Buckeyes big, physical defensive ends, the offensive line has a tall task. Producing seven tackles for loss including five sacks, tOSU’s defensive line presents a big challenge. Orlando Brown and the rest of the gang must provide Baker Mayfield with time to throw the ball in OU wants to remain undefeated.
Find Success On The Ground
The Sooners are without the likes of Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine in round two of the bout. Yet, Saturday’s victory over the UTEP Miners revealed little from the stable of running backs. Throwing a slew of talent into the backfield, no ball carrier received more than nine carries. As questions still abound, OU must face an opponent on the road that surrendered a mere 17 yards on the ground in week one. If Oklahoma becomes one dimensional, it will be a long night in The Shoe. Lincoln Riley must find a way to utilize the backs to at least keep the Ohio State defense honest.
Punish The Secondary
Baker Mayfield may easily be the best quarterback the Buckeyes face all season long. Giving up over 400 yards to Indiana in week one, Ohio State has shown they are vulnerable in the secondary. If the rushing attack fails more often than not, the pressure falls back to Mayfield and his arm. The receivers impressed against UTEP with flashes of greatest. The group should continue to develop throughout the season. However, they must punish the secondary of tOSU early and consistently.