Tulane vs Ohio State: Fresh off a hard-fought win over TCU, No. 4 Ohio State gets Urban Meyer back on the sideline for a home matchup against Tulane on Saturday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free
It isn’t difficult to see why Ohio State’s offense is insanely productive and ranks second in the nation with 56.3 points per contest. All of the aforementioned players are a big reason why and the Buckeyes will most likely continue to spread the wealth to all of them as they have done thus far in 2018.
On the ground the Buckeyes have the talents of junior running back Mike Weber. He is currently averaging over six yards per touch and already has three touchdowns this season. Weber is joined by fellow back J.K. Dobbins, the skilled sophomore who has carried 45 times for 268 yards. OSU will undoubtedly blast the Tulane D with a heavy dose of this duo all game long.
I’ve already talked about Nick Bosa briefly but his importance to the Ohio State defensive unit can’t be overstated. Him not playing will be a big hit, even if it is “just Tulane”. Bosa spearheads a front seven that has eight sacks over their first three games. He is responsible for three of said sacks and five tackles for a loss.
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Ohio State DE Nick Bosa leaves last Saturday’s game with an abdominal injury. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The good news for the Buckeyes though is that they still will have his counterpart Chase Young who is nearly as impactful. Young has two sacks this year and four total tackles with a defended pass.
Essentially, if Ohio State sticks to the script that has been predetermined by most, then they should romp all over the Wave with ease. Nobody has to do anything special on this team in order for them to find success against Tulane. They just have to be themselves and they’ll be fine. The second-team guys could easily be taking reps by the fourth quarter.
From Tulane’s Perspective: If you’re looking for a “ra ra”, believe-in-the-little-guy speech you’re going to want to look elsewhere. No, in this section I feel as though I must be brutally honest about the Wave’s chances… they don’t look good. However, they aren’t completely nonexistent either. Here’s what the Green Wave will be bringing into Columbus that gives them the ability to at least be somewhat competitive…
Jonathan Banks has shown flashes of his versatility at the quarterback position. He knows how to make a defense pay with his arm as well as his legs and when he finds the perfect balance between the two? Man it can be fun to watch. Banks has thrown for 651 yards and five scores but has also carried it 33 times. He will be Tulane’s biggest tool in keeping the Buckeye defense guessing. The RPO offense that the Green Wave runs can be frustrating for opposing defenders. Whether it will be this week I can’t say but if it is, you can bet that Banks will be the heart and soul of it. He’ll just have to avoid those fumbles we saw at UAB.