A matchup we’d be more accustomed to seeing in January takes place this year in mid-September when the Oregon Ducks visit the Horseshoe for a showdown with the Ohio State Buckeyes. The teams have played twice before in the Rose Bowl and most recently battled for the national championship in the 2014 college football season. Every game the teams have played against each other had the same result: an Ohio State victory. And the Buckeyes are a two touchdown favorite to make it 10 straight.
The Week 2 college football game between the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes will take place at Ohio Stadium in Columbus at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 11, 2021 and will be televised on FOX.
Oregon Ducks at Ohio State Buckeyes Odds
Oregon Ducks +14 [BET NOW]
Ohio State Buckeyes -14 [BET NOW]
Over/Under: 62.5 [BET NOW]
Both teams opened the season as expected with a win, but the Ducks had a tougher time against a game Fresno State unit. Laying 17.5-points at home the Ducks needed 10 points in the last eight minutes to avoid the upset. Now it’s their turn to see how they play as a double digit road dog. The Ducks are getting 14-points on the opening line and should that number hold it’ll be only the fourth time since 2007 they were a dog of 14 or more points. And history isn’t on their side. OU is 0-3 SU and ATS in the previous three games and they’ve never beaten Ohio State in nine previous tries.
The Buckeyes put a few streaks on the line on Saturday. They are 9-0 all time against the Ducks and they’ve won 22 straight at home with an average margin of 30.4 points. OSU opened the campaign with an impressive 45-31 road win against Minnesota pushing the closing line of 14-points while cashing the OVER. The Buckeyes have been favored by less than two converted touchdowns just once during their winning home winning streak going 11-11 ATS in that span.
You can’t blame the Ducks if they were looking ahead to this week’s showdown. They needed a fourth quarter comeback to hold off Fresno State 31-24 last week getting a 30-yard touchdown run by Anthony Brown Jr. with less than three minutes to for the game-deciding points. While they scored 31 points the offense was sluggish with 172 passing yards and an average of 3.8 yards per rush attempt.
Brown’s winning score was the second-longest play of the day for the Ducks, who lacked their usual explosiveness. They were outgained by Fresno State but used a strong defensive effort to avoid the upset. The Ducks allowed just 75 rushing yards and forced three turnovers to secure the victory.
Slowing down Ohio State would have been difficult with a full complement of defenders. Now the Ducks may have to attempt it without two large pieces of the group. Star lineman Kayvon Thibodeaux missed the second half with an ankle injury and LB Dru Mathis exited with a knee injury. There availability is unknown but not having one or both of those guys leaves OU vulnerable.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Despite a new quarterback and several other first time starters in the lineup, the Buckeyes enjoyed a familiar result in their opener. Overcoming some early jitters, C.J. Stroud led OSU to a 45-31 season-opening win over Minnesota. Stroud had just 58 passing yards in the first half and the Buckeyes entered the locker room down 14-10. Things changed after the break with Stroud throwing for 246 yards over the final two quarters and the Buckeyes pulled away.
While we typically see chunk plays from Oregon leading to quick scores, the Buckeyes showed off their elite team speed with four touchdowns covering at least 56 yards. Stroud had second half scoring passes of 56, 70 and 61 yards with Miyan Williams dashing 71 yards for a first quarter touchdown. In all the Buckeyes amassed nearly 500 total yards.
They needed every one of those yards and points to prop up a defense that had seven first-time starters, including a pair of freshman cornerbacks. The group allowed 408 total yards and was on the field for nearly 39 minutes thanks to their quick-strike offense. The secondary will be tested by Oregon’s passing attack which should be better with its top two receivers expected to play.
Oregon vs Ohio State Predictions
Our picks: Oregon Ducks +14 and OVER 62.5
They had to battle a G5 squad last week to get a win but I still like the Ducks offense and I expect them to be more successful this week. And you know the Buckeyes can score putting the OVER as a good bet in this one. I sense OU is feeling disrespected after last week’s results and that motivation will allow them stay within the two-touchdown line.
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