CFB Week 2 Preview – Oregon @ Ohio State 17:00 UK time (12:00 EST). Week 1 threw up some belters including a surprise thriller between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State, who were way more dangerous in that game than I thought they might be. Georgia took down Clemson and made a defensive statement, and Alabama took Miami to the cleaners with ease. In week 2, we have more games you’re going to want to glue yourself to your lounge furniture for. Sorry friends, families, partners and kids, the tv remote is out of bounds.
Before we get started, those uniforms that Oregon are lining up in this week are hot sauce. The hottest of sauce.
Oregon put an okayish, not quite as dominant as it should have been performance together in week 1 against what looks to be a tough Fresno State roster. But they head to Ohio State on Saturday for the toughest game of their season, and it’s only week 2. The Ducks bullied Fresno State’s offence and defensive edge superstar and consensus first round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux made his mark early with a forced fumble on a hard hit, recovered by Oregon for short yardage. They did the same thing minutes later when Noah Sewell ripped the ball out on an outside run tackle. Oregon converted both for easy touchdowns, in fact, 17 of their points total came from takeaways and the defence getting the ball back in Fresno State territory. Outside of that, they didn’t move the ball as well as they will need to against Ohio State to have a chance on Saturday. Converting touchdowns in short yardage is of course great, but without consistency on offence, there were moments in this game where it looked like the Ducks were going to lose. If it wasn’t for their best offensive drive of the game coming with only minutes left in the 4th quarter, this might have been an 0-1 start.
The defence can cause havoc at any moment, they had three takeaways and four sacks on Saturday, but Fresno State were able to gain more yardage than Oregon would have liked. At times, it seemed like they had all day to pick out an open receiver. If that defensive front can’t get to the quarterback in time, it could be a long day for the Ducks this weekend. The offence will also need to do better. Anthony Browns one passing TD of the game was a great floated pass into the end zone to Johnny Johnson III, and he was okay, but will need to push the ball more in order to keep up with the Buckeyes scoring. Their run game gives me question marks too.
Ohio State on the other hand, had a shaky start in the first half against a solid looking Minnesota team. CJ Stroud making his first career start was always going to come with some early nerves, but he settled down in the second half, and ended the game with 294 passing yards, 4 TDs and an interception. The Buckeyes boast one of the most impressive wide receiver rooms in all of college football, and it’s certainly a benefit for Stroud to have a group like that at his disposal. Oregon are going to have their work cut out keeping those guys locked up on Saturday afternoon, but OSU’s defence wasn’t exactly perfect itself last weekend.
I’d expect this game to be high scoring, with Oregon getting in the end zone on at least 2 occasions. But Ohio State could score 35-40 points if Oregon’s front don’t get to Stroud consistently. It’s a strong pass rush and will be a lot for him to deal with, but the plays Oregon had last week allowing Fresno’s QB hours to scan the field can’t happen. Ohio State will pick their defence apart like that.
I’m not convinced Oregon is ready for this match up. Causing three turnovers in the oppositions side of the field, recovering all three, and only JUST beating Fresno State is a little too close for comfort for me. The Buckeyes go into the weekend 14.5 point favourites in the tie. But any given Sunday…
Undrafted’s Oregon Talent Watch – Kayvon Thibodeaux DE
When you sit down to watch this game, just keep your eye on him. Oregon’s number 5 is a game changer/wrecker/winner. He’ll be picked in the top 10 this year. He turned the field position on its’ head in the first five minutes last week. However he did leave the game and come back to the sideline at the weekend in a walking boot. Apparently, he’s made the trip to Columbus, and is day to day with an ankle issue. Oregon will need him to affect the game, although do have other talent on their defence in guys such as defensive lineman Brandon Dorlus, and cornerback Mykael Wright had a good game last week too.
Undrafted’s Ohio State Talent Watch – TreVeyon Henderson RB
We’ve talked about the receivers a whole bunch on our site and during the preseason. Those guys are likely day.1 draft picks in Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, but running back Miyan Williams & freshman TreVeyon Henderson caught my eye last week. Henderson in particular, who was the number 1 running back recruit in the country this year before committing to Ohio State, had some great reps. Master Teague is the experience in that backfield, but Williams and Henderson will both get reps and the future looks good for the Buckeyes backfield.
The Buckeyes are 14.5 point favourites and honestly I like them to cover it. Oregon’s offence is not firing yet and going into Columbus Ohio trying to find your rhythm is less than ideal. The defence caused those three turnovers allowing the Ducks to score 17 easy points, but it’s not every game you get turnovers like that, and certainly not against a top 4 opponents. That being said, Stroud could be in for a shock on Saturday with the Ducks defensive line in his face. If I had to choose, I’d go OSU -14.5, and avoid the over. There’s a whole bunch of possibilities in this game that result in less points being scored. The under might be the move.
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