Week 1 of the 2016 college football season is going to be a tough act to follow, as there were big games and online betting upsets taking place all over the country. There have been some rather seismic shifts in the AP rankings because of what went down in the opening week, and there are going to be a lot of teams scrambling to keep their playoff hopes alive in the second week. The Ohio State Buckeyes, who are currently ranked number 4, are not one of those teams, as they got their season off to a winning start, albeit against much lesser competition. They will have much bigger fish to fry in the coming weeks, but Week 2 looks to be another pretty comfortable game for them, with the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes heading into Columbus. These games can be a little tricky, though, especially when there is a major game coming the following week. Ohio State are going to have to stay focused on this one if they don’t want to slip on a banana peel early on.
In Depth Analysis On The Golden Hurricanes Vs Buckeyes College Football Expert PicksWhen: Saturday, September 10 at 3:30 PM EST Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus TV: ABC Live Stream: ABC Live Stream NCAAF Odds: Ohio State -28½
Why bet on the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes proved in the opening week of the college football season that they are a team that could well be a legitimate offensive threat, as well as a potential thorn in the side of bigger opponents. Tulsa steamrolled San Jose 45-10 in their season opener, accounting for 512 total yards, 305 of which came on the ground. You have to imagine that they are going to try and run the ball again this weekend in an effort to kill the clock and keep the potent Buckeyes offense off the field. That said, this is a team with a solid receiving group, so expect them to also take some deep shots. They certainly have enough to make life difficult for the Buckeyes.
Why bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State would do well to pay attention to what the Golden Hurricanes did when they played Oklahoma last season, which was to hang around until late before eventually going down 52-38. The Buckeyes are going to be missing a couple of key defensive starters through injury this weekend, and are going to have to rise up to keep the Tulsa offense in check. The good news for the Buckeyes is that T.J. Barrett very much looked the part last weekend in a 77-10 win over Bowling Green. Barrett the for 349 yards and 6 TD’s, while running in another one. This will be a sterner test, but Ohio State should be able to put up some numbers.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I have to say that while the Buckeyes are a lock to win this one, I am a little concerned about the 28.5-point spread. Tulsa are a bigger threat than Bowling Green, and will put some points on the board.
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 24 Ohio State Buckeyes 49