Ohio State and Oklahoma play in a big Week 2 game at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 9. With ESPN’s College GameDay in Columbus, Ohio, the Buckeyes-Sooners showdown is the highlight of the week’s action. The game is on ABC.
Find full odds and our picks on the game below.
Ohio State-Oklahoma, Week 2 betting odds
According to MyBookie, Ohio State is favored by 7.5 points against Oklahoma. The over/under is at 63.5
Ohio State-Oklahoma picks, predictions
In last year’s meeting, Ohio State dominated on the road, routing Oklahoma 45-24. This season’s meeting is now in Ohio, with the No. 2 Buckeyes playing the No. 5 Sooners. Ohio State is 1-0 after beating Indiana, 49-21, in its season opener. Oklahoma is also 1-0, as the Sooners easily beat UTEP, 56-7.
Ohio State may not win by as large of a margin as it did a year ago, but expect the Buckeyes to defeat the Sooners again. For expert predictions from the Land of 10 staff, go here.
Ohio State-Oklahoma preview
Here are three keys to the game:
1. War in the trenches
The Ohio State defensive line is believed by analysts to be the best in the country, but the Buckeyes will have their hands full Saturday. Oklahoma’s offensive line is similarly well-regarded in terms of its unit ranking. The Sooners are led by Orlando Brown, the team’s 6-foot-8, 345-pound left tackle who looks like a future first-round draft pick. Whether the Buckeyes can get to Baker Mayfield and force mistakes out of him could determine the outcome of this game, especially with OSU’s young secondary.
2. Quarterback battle
With J.T. Barrett behind center for the Buckeyes and Mayfield back at quarterback for the Sooners, this game certainly doesn’t lack for star power. Both players have finished in the top five of Heisman Trophy voting at some point in their career. Barrett is coming off a game in which he didn’t connect on a deep ball but still looked accurate and threw for more than 300 yards. Mayfield also looked impressive in a rout of UTEP and didn’t even play in the second half. Either quarterback outplaying the other could help tip the balance into their team’s favor.
3. Turnover margin
The Buckeyes escaped a slow start in Bloomington, Ind., in the opener in part because they dominated the turnover margin. Indiana committed 3 turnovers, and Ohio State never turned it over. In 2016, Ohio State rode a plus-two turnover margin to a road victory over the Sooners. One of those was even a touchdown for the Buckeyes, who went up 14-0 on an interception returned 68 yards for a touchdown by Jerome Baker. When elite teams meet, the one that makes the fewest and least damaging mistakes is often the one that prevails.