Big 12 Week 2 - Texas vs Ohio State
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Big 12 Game of the Week
Ohio State (1-0) at Texas (1-0) 8 pm EST ABC Saturday, September 9thWhy to watch: It might only be early September, but this might be for the national championship. This is the one the whole college football world has been waiting for ever since these two staged a classic in last year's 25-22 Texas victory that kickstarted the run to the national championship. After moving up in the Coaches' Poll to number two, Texas has put itself in a position to control its own destiny in the national title hunt with, realistically, only a shaky Oklahoma and trips to Nebraska and Texas Tech standing in the way of another championship game. Ohio State is seen as this year's version of the 2005 Longhorns with QB Troy Smith, who was platooned with Justin Zwick in last year's UT showdown, being asked to be another Vince Young. After a dominating 35-12 win over Northern Illinois to start the season, the Buckeyes are still the number one team in the country, but this is the game that needs to cement the spot. Can Mack Brown win a big game without Young? Can Ohio State show that all the defensive losses to the NFL didn't really matter? This should be nothing less than a classic.
Why Ohio State might win: Texas QB Colt McCoy looked terrific against North Texas completing 12 of 19 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Ohio State isn't North Texas. It's one thing to be able to stand around all day and wait for the receivers to come open, but it's another to do it against a fire-breathing defense like OSU's. Everyone can say all they want about how McCoy faces one of the best defenses in the nation every day in practice, but it's just not the same. Texas won last year because of the steady play of Young when things got tight. If all else is dead even, the Buckeyes have a whopping advantage at quarterback. Ohio State knows Troy Smith can pull games out of the fire; Texas hopes McCoy can.
Why Texas might win: The forecast for Austin, Texas for this Saturday: High 98 with isolated thunderstorms. Especially early in the season when everyone's still getting in game shape, there's a huge difference between the heat of Columbus and the hard-to-breathe humidity that should be a factor on Saturday night. Texas will be used to it; Ohio State won't be. The Buckeye defensive back seven will be really good ... in time. As good as NIU RB Garrett Wolfe is, it has to be a concern that the Huskie back was able to tear off 171 rushing yards. The Texas offensive line is far better than NIU's, and Jamaal Charles leads a backfield that's more than good enough to come up with a huge night.
Who to watch: Ohio State can certainly run the ball, but the offense hums at its best when the deep passing game is working. Things got a lot easier for Smith, Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez as Texas will be without starting CB Tarell Brown after the senior was arrested on misdemeanor drug and weapon charges. It's supposed to be Brown's job to handle a much-improved Ginn, and now it might be up to sophomore Ryan Palmer or junior Brandon Foster to handle the work. ... Job one for UT defensive coordinator Gene Chizik will be to stop No. 7. Ginn was always known for being a great do-it-all athlete, and now he has improved his route running and receiver skills to an All-America level. He caught four passes fro 123 yards and two touchdowns against NIU, took two kickoffs for 25 yards, and two punt returns for 44.
What will happen: This is about as dead even as it can get. McCoy is better than many might think, and he'll show just enough poise to make the one or two key throws needed to keep the offense moving. It'll be a physical, hard-hitting game with the two offensive lines controlling the other's defensive front. Texas will get just enough from the running game to pull off the win and move up to number one.
CFN Prediction: Texas 23 ... Ohio State 20 ... Line: Texas -2
Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 Fashion House) ... 5
Go Texas! It's going to be pretty crazy in Austin Texas this Saturday!