Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Ohio State Buckeyes CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/6/14
Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
In one of the bigger week 2 college football games, the Virginia Tech Hokies and Ohio State Buckeyes will meet at Ohio Stadium.
The Virginia Tech Hokies gave the William & Mary Tribe a 34-9 beatdown in their week 1 victory. The Hokies didn’t miss Logan Thomas much, as Michael Brewer completed 23 of 30 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns. Shai McKenzie had 106 yards and a touchdown on just nine touches, as Virginia Tech racked up 488 total yards and scored a touchdown in each quarter. Virginia Tech displayed a balanced offense for the first time in a while but need to continue preaching ball security as they turned the ball over twice. Defensively, Virginia Tech allowed less than 200 yards and forced two turnovers themselves. Chase Williams led the way with two sacks and a forced fumble.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t look sharp against the Navy Midshipmen at all but still won, 34-17. J.T. Barrett did a solid job of completing 12 of 15 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns, but he had very little support around him. Barrett also led the Buckeyes with 50 rushing yards. The Buckeyes did play a conservative game given the fact Braxton Miller wasn’t playing, but their first touchdown came in the third quarter, and it was a fumble return by Darron Lee. Speaking of Ohio State’s defense, it allowed 370 rushing yards to Navy and looked soft for much of the game. Lee and Adolphus Washington did produce two tackles for loss apiece, but it wasn’t that dominant Buckeyes defensive performance you expected to see with the offense struggling. The Buckeyes have to improve heading into this game.
Ohio State is going to limit what Barrett is allowed to do given the fact he’s a first-year player and has pretty much been thrown in the lion’s den. The goal for the Buckeyes is to not make mistakes offensively and let the other team beat themselves until Barrett and the rest of the team can get comfortable.
I like Virginia Tech to keep this game close. The Hokies have a solid defense that should create a couple of turnovers and put a scare on the road. Take the points.