• Ohio State struggled against Minnesota in Week 1
  • Oregon needed a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Fresno State
  • Important Power Five game for the College Football Playoff

It took most of the game for Ohio State to finally subdue Minnesota by the score of 45 – 31 for an opening week conference victory. Offensively, the Buckeyes looked great, but Minnesota was able to exploit some weaknesses on the Ohio State defense.

Oregon squandered first-half leads of 14 – 0 and 21 – 6 over Fresno State, finding themselves trailing by three points two minutes into the fourth quarter. They scored the go-ahead touchdown with just under three minutes left in the game to secure a 31 – 24 win.

Depending on how the season unfolds, the outcome of the game could have a significant impact on how the College Football Playoff committee views the teams and their respective conferences when making their final selections.

Ohio State vs Oregon Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: FCS College Football
  • Teams: Oregon Ducks at Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Date: September 11

Betting Odds

  • Ohio State -14.5 (-110)
  • Oregon +14.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline Ohio State -640, Oregon +470
  • Total 63.5 (-110o) (-110u)

Ohio State Preview: The Defense Needs to Play Better

Ohio State’s rushing defense was second in the conference and sixth in the nation in 2020, allowing less than 100 yards per game on the ground. Last week, Minnesota gashed them for 203 yards running the ball, including a 56-yard touchdown by Mohamed Ibrahim who tallied 163 yards on 30 carries.

Offensively, there was nothing wrong with the Buckeyes’ attack, as they gained a total 495 yards and averaged over 10 yards a play, getting a 71-yard touchdown run by Miyan Williams to open the scoring. Quarterback CJ Stroud was an efficient 13 of 22 for 294 yards and four touchdowns, all of at least 38 yards.

Oregon Preview: Tough Game, Tougher Starting Time

Unlike their fellow Pac-12 member Washington, who gets to play at Michigan in a contest that starts at 8:00 pm EDT, the Ducks will be facing a kickoff of noon EDT, but more importantly, 9:00 am PDT. Even though Oregon is traveling to Columbus on Thursday, that game time is likely to cause some issues for the Ducks.

What will cause them more problems is the Ohio State offense, which can strike fast and employs explosive players at almost every skill position. Fresno State’s Jake Haener threw for 298 yards on 30 of 43 passing, and even though he’s a talented quarterback, Oregon will be facing a much tougher test on the road at Ohio State.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game

Neither of these teams has shown the ability to consistently stop top opposing offenses, even going back to last season. That makes the over/under of 63.5 seem low, but the spread of 14.5 looks high, given that Oregon is better overall than Minnesota.

Ohio State vs Oregon Pick

KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: That spread is scary, so go with the over and hope for a shootout.

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Kevin Krest is the author of the PK Frazier series of four novels and the Beyond the Commentary blog with over 500 posts about the world of sports. Kevin covers golf, football and horse racing for and holds media credentials from the USGA, PGA, LPGA and Oaklawn Park.
As a media member, Kevin has attended and written in depth pieces about the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's Open and several other LPGA and PGA Tour Champions events.