The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the ninth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in a non-conference matchup. The Golden Hurricane are 0-2 this season and are coming off a 28-23 road loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Junior quarterback Davis Brin finished the game going 19-of-27 for 224 yards. The Buckeyes are 1-1 this season and are coming off a 35-28 loss to the 12th-ranked Oregon Ducks for their first regular-season loss since October 20, 2018. Freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud went 35-of-54 for 484 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
It will be interesting to see how these teams perform as they are at two completely different levels but Ohio State just got punched in the mouth for the first time in four years. Let’s take a look to see how these teams match up against one another.
Prince of the OffenseThe Tulsa Golden Hurricane need a nice mix of rushing and passing in their offense and they have the rushing side down with junior running back Deneric Prince. So far this season, he has 30 carries for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also added six catches for 49 yards as a receiver. Looking at the last game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys as he had a pedestrian night with 16 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown on the ground while he had five catches for 45 yards through the air. If Deneric Prince is able to be a factor in this game, they will be in a good spot in this game to pull off the upset.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have been trying to be a decent defensive team as they are allowing 23.5 points per game so far this season. In their previous game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, they allowed 28 points (21 points in the fourth quarter) on 313 total yards of offense (173 passing, 140 rushing). They need to be able to get stops on third down as the Cowboys converted the first down six of 15 attempts and they converted their only fourth-down attempt. If the Golden Hurricane defense can force field goals instead of touchdowns, it will do wonders for this team.
I’m Olave-ing ItSenior wide receiver Chris Olave has been leading the offensive charge for the Ohio State Buckeyes this season. So far this season, he has 16 catches for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns so far. His last game against the Oregon Ducks, he had 12 of those catches for 126 yards without finding the endzone. Olave has the ability to find the end zone at a great rate as he has scored at least one touchdown in five of the last eight games, including the College Football Playoffs (nine touchdowns in total). If he can continue to dominate opposing secondaries, the Buckeyes should be in great shape.
The Ohio State Buckeyes defense needs to figure out how to snap out of their funk as they are averaging 33 points per game against them. Looking at their latest game against the Oregon Ducks, they were struggling to get stops as they allowed 35 points on 505 total yards of offense (236 passing, 269 rushing). They were getting dominated all day as Oregon ran for 7.1 yards per carry and the Buckeyes were unable to force a single turnover. If this Ohio State team can figure out how to get stops on a consistent basis, they will be in a great place to get back in the College Football Playoffs. Look for some changes in this game personnel-wise and scheme-wise to get the Buckeyes back on form.
- Ohio State: 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 September games
- Ohio State: 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs AAC