One of the most interesting games of the NCAAF Week 3 will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington this Saturday, September 15th, when the 4th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes visit 15th-ranked TCU. The Buckeyes are huge -500 favorites to grab a win here, but the Horned Frogs will try their best to upset the odds in front of the home audience.
Place: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
NCAAF Week 3: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 ET.
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (2-0)
The Buckeyes made an excellent start of the new season, easily winning their first two games against the Oregon State 77-31, and the Rutgers 52-3. The Buckeyes showed some brilliant offensive performance led by QB Dwayne Haskins who threw for 546 yards in total for nine touchdowns and just one interception while completing 79.2% of his passes. Haskins did a great job in the opening weeks, finding 15 different targets, but the clash against the tough Horned Frogs’ defense will be a proper test for the Buckeyes’ leader.
From the backfield, Dwayne Haskins will need a help from the RB duo Mike Weber and J.K. Dobbins who combined to rush for 364 yards and four touchdowns so far. Wide receivers Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon should be a huge threat for the TCU’s secondary, as these two guys combined for five TD in the first two outings of the season. DE Nick Bosa will lead the Buckeyes defense, and his athleticism should be a big issue for the Horned Frogs’ QB Shawn Robinson.
Ohio State will play the third consecutive game without their suspended head coach Urban Meyer who will be back on the sideline for the Week 4. This could be a problem for Ohio State, as entering the first serious challenge of the season.
TCU HORNED FROGS (2-0)
Just like their next rival, the Horned Frogs won both games at the start of the season, beating the Southern Jaguars 55-7, and the Southern Methodist 42-12 respectively. TCU played some tremendous defense, as they kept the majority of their players from the previous season, proving they are among the most talented teams at the defensive end. The Horned Frogs averaged 446.0 yards in total, but their rivals couldn’t brag with a good defense, unlike Ohio State Buckeyes.
The QB Shawn Robinson is playing his second season at TCU, and he had some problems in the first two weeks of the season, especially against the Southern Methodist when Robinson completed 15 out of his 28 passes for a TD and a pick. Robinson also rushed for 67 yards and one TD, but he could have a long night against the Buckeyes defense. Shawn is still an inexperienced QB, and facing the Buckeyes defensive line will be a big challenge.
Robinson mostly relies on his passing game, so the wide receivers KaVontae Turpin, Jalen Reagor, and Derius Davis will be the main targets, as each one has recorded a TD thus far. The RB duo Darius Anderson (52.5 yards per game) and Sewo Olonilua (51.0 yards per game) will have to step up and make the life easier for their QB who will be under a huge pressure.
• 4-0-0 ATS in their previous four games
• 6-2-0 ATS in the last eight games against the Big 12 rivals
• Won four out of their last five games on the road in 2017
• 2-5-0 ATS in the last seven non-conference games
• 6-8-0 ATS in the 2017 season
• Won eight games in a row at home
This will be the first proper test for both Buckeyes and Horned Frogs, so the bettors can expect a great battle, despite the fact the visitors are considered as strong favorites by the bookmakers. Both sides possess an excellent defense, while Ohio State’s offense seems far more dangerous than TCU’s. Dwayne Haskins is arguably a better player than Shawn Robinson, and it could make a difference on a Saturday night.
The Pick: Ohio State (-12.5) at -110
TCU’s head coach Gary Patterson is one of the best tacticians, particularly when it comes to game preparation, so he could make his team ready to seriously challenge Ohio State. Although both teams were on fire in the opening weeks of the season, this could be a different story with strong defensive setups on both sides of the field.
The Pick: Under 60.0 at -110