Ohio State vs. Oklahoma Preview

The Associated Press

No. 3 Ohio State (2-0) at No. 14 Oklahoma (1-1), 7:30 p.m., Fox.

Line: Ohio State by 1½.

Series Record: Tied 1-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Potentially enormous College Football Playoff ramifications. A win would give Ohio State a solid line on its resume if the Sooners go on to contend in the Big 12. Because Oklahoma lost its opener to Houston, a loss Saturday would almost certainly knock the Sooners out of contention for a return trip to the Playoff, and it would severely weaken the perception of the Big 12. A victory would return the Sooners to their preseason position as one of the nation’s top teams.

KEY MATCHUP

Ohio State H-Back Curtis Samuel vs. Oklahoma CBs. Some of Oklahoma’s cornerbacks struggled against Houston, and Samuel will test them. He caught nine passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns against Bowling Green and five passes for 62 yards against Tulsa. He is also a threat running the ball.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Ohio State: RB Mike Weber. You can’t pay too much attention to QB J.T. Barrett, or Weber will hurt you. The redshirt freshman ran for 136 yards against Bowling Green and 92 yards against Tulsa.

Oklahoma: RB Joe Mixon. The sophomore had 181 all-purpose yards against Houston, and then rushed for 117 yards against Louisiana-Monroe. He’s a freight train __ 6-foot-1 and 226 pounds __ with breakaway speed and the hands of a wide receiver. He’s also a return man.

FACTS & FIGURES

Ohio State is 18-0 in true road games under Urban Meyer. … Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is 41-2 in nonconference home games. … Meyer and Stoops met for the 2008 National Championship. Meyer’s Florida Gators beat the Sooners 24-14. … Ohio State is the highest-ranked team to visit Norman since No. 2 Texas Tech in 2008. Oklahoma won that game 65-21.

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AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org .

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