Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-0) vs. #6 Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Time: 3:30 pm ET
Lines: Ohio State -28; Over/Under: 73
A matchup of teams that claimed victories in week 1 of the college football season takes place in the Buckeye State. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane takes a trip on the road to face the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon. Tulsa cruised to a season opening 45-10 victory over San Jose State last Saturday. Ohio State opened their season with an emphatic 77-10 thumping of Bowling Green at home last Saturday. This marks the first matchup between the two teams in school history.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane Face Daunting Task
Tulsa rolled to their season opening win over San Jose State but they have a major challenge here. The Golden Hurricane jumped to a 24-7 lead after one quarter and never looked back against the Spartans. Dane Evanshit 12 of 23 passes for 198 yards with a touchdown in the game for Tulsa. D’Angelo Brewer led the Golden Hurricane with 22 carries for 164 yards and three scores on the ground. James Flanders contributed 14 carries for 82 yards as Tulsa totaled 305 yards on the ground. Keevan Lucas had a successful return from last season’s knee injury by hauling in six passes for 112 yards. Justin Hobbs had three catches for 30 yards and a score.
The Golden Hurricane held a 512-287 edge in total yards. Tulsa racked up 28 first downs while allowing 13. The Golden Hurricane forced three turnovers while not committing any. Tulsa also won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 31:51 in the win. The question is, how much success can they have against the Buckeyes?
Ohio State Dominant in Season Opening Win
Ohio State got off to a rocky start Saturday but rallied to destroy Bowling Green. The Buckeyes spotted Bowling Green a 7-0 lead when a J.T. Barrett pass was picked off and returned 63 yards for a score. After that, it was all Ohio State. Barrett rebounded to hit 21 of 31 passes for 349 yards with six touchdown passes against one interception. He added 30 yards and a score on the ground as well. Mike Weber had 19 carries for 136 yards in his debut while Curtis Samuel contributed 13 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown. All told, Ohio State ran for 359 yards in the contest and battered the Falcons into submission.
Samuel had a big day in the passing game as well. He reeled in nine balls for 172 yards and a pair of scores.Dontre Wilson caught three passes for 37 yards and two scores while K.J. Hill, Noah Brown and Demario McCall each caught scores. Ohio State rolled up a school record 776 yards of offense in the victory. The Buckeyes held a 41-16 edge in first downs and a 38:35 to 21:25 edge in time of possession. It was an impressive season opener for a team that lost so many starters from last season.
- 3-9 ATS last 12 in September.
- 1-4 ATS last 5 following an ATS win.
- 4-1 ATS last 5 overall.
- 7-3 ATS last 10 non-conference games.
Tulsa won their season opener but there’s a major step up competition wise between San Jose State and Ohio State. The Buckeyes just thrashed Bowling Green and should have little difficulty dispatching another mid-major foe here. Weber was sharp in his debut and Barrett bounced back nicely from the early pick six to get things on track. Ohio State, playing at home, dispatches the Golden Hurricane and improves to 2-0 on the year.
Our Pick: Ohio State -28
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