The Urban Meyer era got off to a good start at Ohio State. Unfortunately, UCF provides a much tougher challenge in Week 2.
Each team got off to a great start in their opening game, routing their opponents while scoring 56 points. The squads will try to follow up on the success, although UCF has the tough chore of trying to win in the Horseshoe.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchup.
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
When: September 8, 12 p.m. ET
Listen: The FAN 97.1 FM (Columbus) or WYGM 740 AM (Orlando)
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Line: Ohio State -17.5 (according to Vegas Insider)
Top 25 Implications
Due to previous penalties, Ohio State is ineligible for the Coaches' Poll. However, they can still make up plenty of ground in the AP Poll. The Buckeyes started at No. 18 in the preseason poll and the early schedule allows plenty of opportunity to move up in the standings.
On the other hand, UCF has a quality program and the team is looking to break into the polls after a solid Week 1 win over Akron. The Knights have been getting a few votes in each poll, but a win over OSU could put them close to the Top 25.
What They're Saying
In his weekly press conference, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer discussed how physical UCF is compared to the previous game against Miami. When asked about the upcoming game, the coach mentioned the size of the defensive tackles and said:
We have to get no huddle and wear them out. But this is a whole different animal that we're facing. Miami, they're going to make their first downs throwing the ball. [UCF is] going to run the power directly at you and get their first downs. So much different team and very talented team.
UCF Player to Watch: Latavius Murray, RB
The senior running back did not get a lot of playing time in the big win over Akron, but he was a big reason for the victory. Murray finished the game with 108 yards on only 14 carries, including a 43-yard run on the opening drive. He added a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
This season might be the first chance for regular playing time in his career and Murray looks to make the most of it. He has a very large frame and it will be difficult for the Buckeyes to take him down on the first try.
Ohio State Player to Watch: Braxton Miller, QB
Braxton Miller showed as a freshman last season that he had potential, but the quarterback looks like he will truly breakout this year.
Against Miami, the Ohio native threw for 207 yards and rushed for a school-record 161 yards. He also totaled three touchdowns in the opening day win.
Although Miller must continue to improve his accuracy, he is a true dual-threat player that will be able to beat a lot of teams on his own in his career.
Key Matchup: Blake Bortles vs. Ohio State Secondary
If there was one weakness for Ohio State in its Week 1 victory it was the pass defense. Miami quarterback Zac Dysert tallied over 300 yards through the air, including a 44-yard touchdown pass.
Central Florida's Blake Bortles did not need to pass too often, but he was very efficient with the football. He completed 13 of his 16 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns. The Knights need another controlled game from their leader to have a chance at the upset.
Prediction: Ohio State 31, UCF 17
UCF has the talent to win a lot of games this season, but the team will simply be overmatched going on the road against Ohio State.
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