A new season, but Ohio State still haunts Sooners

Oklahoma comes to Columbus with youngest head coach in FBS

When the Oklahoma Sooners visit the Ohio State Buckeyes in Saturday night's mega-clash at the Horseshoe - a non-conference affair that should sway the top-10 power structure if not the eventual College Football Playoff selections - the game will stand on its own merit. Remember two years ago, when the Wildcats beat Christian McCaffrey and Stanford in early September?

Another way this game will be similar to last week is that there will be a coach on the opposing sideline in his first full season of leading a college team. Their 11-game winning streak is the nation's longest. We'd never seen a team sing their fight song on our field. He had two interceptions, which led to 14 points for the Buckeyes.

"There are times when we push it down the field, " said Barrett, who must be tired from constantly having to defend his performance (he's 27-4 as an Ohio State starter).

On the flip side, the very next year the Buckeyes looked as though they were locks to make the playoff and defend their national title.

Even though it ultimately didn't matter, MI was ranked in the top four of the CFP rankings each of the first four weeks previous year, which showed the committee saw the Wolverines as a playoff team, even after a loss to Iowa. He looked like real difference-maker against UTEP on September 2, and if he can do the same against the Buckeyes, he might be the missing piece to the Sooners' passing game. He'll need to be productive again on Saturday when the fifth-ranked Sooners travel to No. 2 Ohio State. OU's revamped backfield hasn't proven itself yet, and the Buckeyes rolled up 291 yards rushing in Norman a year ago. Baker Mayfield threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-20 passing.

Tom VanHaaren: This one is tough because I thought Northwestern was going to surprise a lot of people this season. Predicated on tempo, Ohio State's offense can move only as quickly as its linemen.

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"You gotta go out there every play and you've gotta bring it", linebacker Jerome Baker said. Saturday's game takes place from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

"You look at the mistakes you made in every single game as an individual".

Ohio State could very well lose a Big Ten game before it travels to Ann Arbor, so this weekend's game against Oklahoma could be the difference between MI facing a top-five team and a team ranked closer to 10.

"Our approach to this game is it's the biggest game of the year", he said. Four of the last five games in this matchup have gone under. "I'm definitely a guy that can do that". The Sooners went over the 62.5-point total in the victory. "The defensive line played outstanding". When the Hoosiers found the looks they were hoping for from Ohio State's defense, they exploited them a few times. The faster Price can come up with a solution, the faster Ohio State's offense can go.

Add Mike Weber, last year's starter, into the mix at running back this week and the offense could be that much more lethal.

That freshman-laden Buckeyes secondary was torched for three quarters by Indiana. "I think he did a great job of spreading the ball around and getting different players some touches".

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