Ohio State at Oregon - 9/12/20 Early look College Football GOY Picks and Predictions
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Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0) vs. Oregon Ducks (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September, 12, 2020 in Eugene, OR
The Line: Ohio State -9.5 -- Over/Under:
The Oregon Ducks are set to play host to the Ohio State Buckeyes in a week 2 home contest. Oregon will be looking to start off the season 2-0. Oregon finished the 2019 season with a record of (12-2), while Ohio State finished (13-1). This should be one of the best games of the year, as both programs have seen plenty of success in this decade and even more in recent years. Get College Football picks all season long at Pick Dawgz.
The visiting Buckeyes look to have plenty of talent returning for the 2020 season. The leader in that talent, quarterback Justin Fields. Fields passed for over 3,200 yards, while throwing 41 touchdowns to just 3 interceptions. The quarterback was just a sophomore a year ago. While Ohio State did lose J.K. Dobbins, the program will see Master Teague III slide right into the starting role. Ohio State also has wideout Chris Olave returning. Olave was a popular target at times last season for Fields. Defensively, Ohio State was stout a year ago. However, Ohio State did lose multiple key players on defense to the draft, as there were 3 defensive players taken in the first round alone. Ohio State never seems to have a bad defense, look for them to be just fine in that aspect. For more on Ohio State, check out their team preview.
On the other hand, Oregon will be looking to find success at the quarterback position, with Justin Herbert being drafted. Tyler Shough was the backup last season and should have the chance to win the starting job. However, the quarterback play is a question mark at this point for the Ducks. Oregon will have their hands full in a week 2 contest and quarterback jitters are more than likely, as this will be the first real test for whichever quarterback the coaching staff decides to go with. There is no talent shortage on the Organ team, but will Oregon be able to hang with Big Ten member Ohio State? For more on Oregon, check out their team preview.
Overview: While this game is on the road for Ohio State, the Buckeyes return the better offense. Having a guy under center like Justin Fields can open up different avenues for a season. Expect Ohio State to get out to a fast start and never look back. Oregon will be fine this season and ultimately should lose but just 1 or 2 games. However, the Big Ten is way ahead of the Pac-12 in talent. Look for Ohio State to get out to an early lead, while the defense will make it tough for the Ducks week two quarterback to get much of anything going consistently. Therefore, I’m taking Ohio State to cover this road spread, 24-13.