Urban Meyer's team has a deadly combination of leadership and athleticism.
Not many players have had such an opportunity. First impressions were inconclusive.
Had the dispute dragged into the weekend, Cox customers would've been unable to view the 6:30 p.m. Saturday game through cable. The Buckeyes ended up winning big, but the score was a bit deceiving. The Sooners compiled over 400 yards of offense by halftime and built a four-touchdown lead, but still have an ax to grind this week.
Really, though, the Buckeyes were mostly fine in pass defense.
Mayfield set the single-season FBS passer rating record and finished third in the Heisman vote, throwing for 3,965 yards and 40 touchdowns.
A year ago, Mayfield completed 17 of 32 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns against Ohio State.
Still, OU could be a dramatic upgrade in competition.
Riley made his Oklahoma debut on his 32nd birthday in the Sooners' season-opening win over Akron in 2015.
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"Lincoln does a really good job of using his guys and using big guys and receivers", Andrews said. At 10-2, they had reeled off 9 wins in a row since the Ohio State debacle. The senior quarterback was 19-of-20 passing for 329 yards and three touchdowns in last Saturday's 56-7 victory over UTEP. Parris Campbell caught six passes for 136 yards and a touchdown as well.
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On their other 13 possessions, he caught two balls. "But no, it's going to be a huge matchup in the trenches". That's one area where tempo can be ruthless, when it keeps the defense from substituting, keeping your personnel advantage intact. In that affair, Ohio State struggled to get anything going in the first half but turned on the jets and blew out in in the second.
Badet is easy to explain: he's very fast. Most of that criticism, however, is directed toward what unfolds on the field. That's a matchup issue.
He has the hands and feet of a wideout, however. "Give them a chance to make plays and I have confidence in my receivers to make plays". But despite this efficiency, he almost matches Badet with a career average of 16.5 yards per catch. "This guy is a great route runner, but he's a complete tight end, and those are rare to find nowadays".
"If you're not ready in that moment there's nothing I can say", Riley said about his pregame message to his team.
Thanks to Mayfield, Oklahoma has what should be a substantial edge in the passing game. The only time the Sooners played at Ohio State's famed Horseshoe was 40 years ago, and they won 29-28 on Uwe von Schamann's 41-yard field goal with 3 seconds left that is known as "The Kick" to OU fans. Abdul Adams started at running back in the opener for the Sooners, gaining 53 yards on seven carries.
And that could mean that OU faces a situation similar to IN: having few matchup advantages and feeling a need to focus on the ones that arise.
During Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck called it "a very, very scary situation" and said his program was willing to make whatever adjustments were requested.