Tulsa – Ohio State
Time: 3:30 PM ET
Spread: OSU -17.5
Betting odds c/o 5dimes
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The Ohio State Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 4 in the nation and took care of business against Bowling Green in Week 1 with a 77-10 trouncing on the strength of J.T. Barrett’s school record seven TDs. He threw 21 of 31 for 349 yards and six TDs with just one interception, and he rushed for an additional 30 yards on six attempts.
Mike Weber rushed for 136 yards on 19 carries (7.2 yards per attempt) and Curtis Samuel had 84 yards on 13 attempts with one of OSUs three rushing TDs. Curtis Samuel led the receivers with nine catches for 177 yards and two TDs.
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The Buckeyes passed for 416 yards and seven TDs with an average yards per attempt of 15.4. The defense meanwhile frequently frustrated Bowling Green, holding James Knapke to 12 of 33 passing and Bowling Green threw three interceptions.
The ground game was not much better, with 69 yards coming on 28 attempts (2.5 yards per carry). Ohio State will not be slowed much by Tulsa this week, though the 17.5 point spread is sufficiently large enough to indicate the confidence of oddsmakers at 5dimes. Barrett now has the keys to the engine and sufficient experience to lead Samuels and the high powered options around him in the backfield too.
Weber should have a big season. The freshman is 5’10”, 212 pounds, and speedy. The OL is strong and experienced and can back Weber with the type of blocking he needs to have a huge season. Nothing has changed in Columbus.
Tulsa knocked off San Jose State 45-10 in Week 1. QB Dane Evans threw 12 of 23 for 198 yards and a TD while he struggled to rush with -19 yards on five carries. D’Angelo Brewer had 164 yards on 22 carries and James Flanders went for 82 yards on 14 carries, as the Golden Hurricane rushed for 305 total yards and a trio of TDs. WR Keevan Lucas had six catches for 112 yards and Tulsa passed for 207 total yards. Justin Hobbs had three catches and the lone passing TD for Tulsa.
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The Golden Hurricane will need more from Kiedrien Wadley in the return game. He managed just 11 yards total on his two punt returns. Redford Jones hit a 34-yard field goal and all six of his extra point attempts. Punter Dalton Parks impressed with six punts for 45.2 yards average and a long-punt of 61-yards.
Tulsa still will be a dominant offensive team. Evans is a good QB who is only getting better, and he has the receivers to really move the ball down field. It is defensively, of course, that Tulsa lags so far behind. If they could even put together a decent defense, they could surprise in the AAC, but that is such a huge ‘if,’ and there are few real reasons to expect a drastic turnaround, this season anyway.
We predicted prior to the season that Tulsa would notch 7 wins, and that mark still seems accurate. OSU is going to get all over the Golden Hurricane defense and Tulsa allowed 536.6 yards per game last season. The line is not very mobile and OSU’s OL is going to have no problem creating some holes for Weber. This should be a big week for him.
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