Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) at TCU Horned Frogs (2-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 15, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: TCU Horned Frogs +12.5 -- Over/Under: 59.5
The Ohio State Buckeyes and TCU Horned Frogs meet Saturday in college football action at AT&T Stadium.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a statement victory to start 3-0 for the fifth time in the last seven years. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 10 of their last 13 non-home games. Dwayne Haskins is completing 79.2 percent of his passes for 546 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Haskins has 10 touchdown passes on 68 career pass attempts. Terry McLaurin and K.J. Hill have combined for 279 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Johnnie Dixon has five receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 300 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 217 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 17 points and 263 yards per game. Nick Bosa leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with nine tackles, Chase Young has two sacks and Kendall Sheffield has one interception.
The TCU Horned Frogs look to become true national title contenders while starting 3-0 for the fourth time in the last five years. The TCU Horned Frogs have won six of their last nine non-home games. Shawn Robinson is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 336 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Robinson and Michael Collins have combined for six touchdown passes this season. KaVontae Turpin and Jalen Reagor have combined for 209 receiving yards and two touchdowns while TreVontae Hights has one reception. The TCU Horned Frogs ground game is averaging 234 yards per contest, and Robinson leads the way with 112 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, TCU is allowing 9.5 points and 213.5 yards per game. Arico Evans leads the TCU Horned Frogs with 10 tackles, Corey Bethley has three sacks and Ridwan Issahaku has one interception.
The Buckeyes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Horned Frogs are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 9-3 in Horned Frogs last 12 games overall and the over is 9-4 in Buckeyes last 13 games overall.
The Ohio State Buckeyes seem to be playing angry, motivated football and are out to prove a point without their head coach on the sidelines. The problem I have is that the TCU Horned Frogs are a very talented team and led by one of the better coaches in the country in Gary Patterson, a coach who always has his players ready and in the best position to win. The Horned Frogs have the athletic defense to slow donw this OSU offense, and Robinson is a difference maker at quarterback who will make enough plays to keep TCU in the game. TCU is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games when an underdog of at least seven points, while Ohio State is just 10-10 ATS in its last 20 games as a double-digit favorite. Give me the points.