Army Black Knights (2-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:30 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -30 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Army Black Knights and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.
The Army Black Knights would love a statement victory to build on their quick 2-0 start to the season. The Army Black Knights have split their last six road games. Ahmad Bradshaw is completing 20 percent of his passes for 17 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bradshaw has zero touchdown passes in his last four games. Jordan Asberry and Calen Holt have combined for 17 receiving yards on two receptions. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 417.5 yards per contest, and Bradshaw leads the way with 324 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Army is allowing 11.5 points and 309 yards per game. Jaylon McClinton leads the Army Black Knights with 10 tackles, Alex Aukerman has two sacks and James Gibson has two pass deflections.
The Ohio State Buckeyes need a bounce back victory here after crapping the bed against the Oklahoma Sooners last week. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 13 of their last 15 home games. J.T. Barrett is completing 55.7 percent of his passes for 487 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Barrett has zero touchdown passes in three of his last four games. Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon have combined for 240 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Terry McLaurin has five receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 229.5 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 253 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 26 points and 463.5 yards per game. Chris Worley leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 17 tackles, Tyquan Lewis has two sacks and Jordan Fuller has one interception.
The Black Knights are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in September. The Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Buckeyes last 7 home games and the under is 5-2 in Black Knights last 7 road games.
I thought Ohio State had turned the corner in the second half against Indiana, but truth is we've seen the Buckeyes play just two good quarters out of eight to start the season. The Buckeyes performance against the Sooners last week was awful, as the defense couldn't get off the field and Barrett is back to proving why he lost his starting job during the championship season. Army is a tough team to play on just one week of rest, as it's not easy defending the option and those countless running plays that rely on a defense to play smart football. Of course the Buckeyes should open this game up and win comfortble, but 30 points is a bit too much for me to lay given the fact OSU has been outplayed in six of its first eight quarters.