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California vs. Ohio State: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 8:  Corey Linsley #71 of the Ohio State Buckeyes blocks Jose Jose #99 of the Central Florida Knights during the second quarter on September 8, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2012

When the California Golden Bears hit the road to square off against the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes on their home field Saturday afternoon, the excitement in the building will only be matched by the intense action on the field.

This matchup has a “Big Game” feel to it.

The Buckeyes are trying to find their style and niche under new head coach Urban Meyer, but they must be careful not to underestimate a strong Cal team that has Ohio State on upset alert.

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

Watch: ABC

Live Stream: Big Ten Network To Go

Radio: Free Football Radio

 

Betting Line (via Covers)

Over/Under: 52.5, Spread: Ohio State -17

While a 52.5 point over/under is something very common in college football, there is no way bettors should be going anywhere near it this time around. If you have to bet, though, take the over and California getting 17 points.

 

Injury Report (via USA Today)

California

Chris McCain, LB, Questionable

Matt Summers-Gavin, OL, Questionable

Khairi Fortt, LB, Questionable

David Wilkerson, LB, Out for season

Cecil Whiteside, LB, Out for season

Mustafa Jalil, DL, Out indefinitely

Jason Gibson, LB, Out until Mid Nov

Mark Brazinski, OL, Out indefinitely

Dominic Galas, OL, Out indefinitely

Stefan McClure, DB, Out indefinitely

 

Ohio State

Nathan Williams, DL, Questionable

Adam Homan, RB, Questionable

Michael Bennett, DL, Questionable

Storm Klein, LB, Questionable

Carlos Hyde, RB, Doubtful

Jordan Hall, RB, Doubtful

Warren Ball, RB, Out indefinitely

 

 

BCS/Top-25 Implications

Ohio State comes into this matchup ranked as the 12th best college football team in the nation, and a big win over Cal would continue the team in the right direction under the new regime.

For California, the team enters the game at 1-1 on the season and needs an upset win here to have any chance of moving into contention for top-25 consideration.

While the Bears have the weapons, Cal will have to prove their consistency to beat a team as fundamentally sound as Meyer’s Buckeyes.

 

California Player to Watch: Zach Maynard, QB

California’s best chance to win the game comes from the shoulder of their senior quarterback Zach Maynard, but he has to make sure he keeps his play crisp on Saturday against a tough Buckeyes’ defense.

If Maynard can protect the ball and avoid turnovers, he will be able to throw the Golden Bears into contention during the game. The Cal defense will have to do the rest, but Maynard has the skill to keep his team in the matchup.

 

Ohio State Player to Watch: Braxton Miller, QB

Urban Meyer loves running quarterbacks, doesn’t he?

While Braxton Miller is no Tim Tebow, he has proven through the first two games that he has elite skills running the ball and is very talented throwing the rock as well.

With almost 700 yards of total offense (362 yards through the air and 302 on the ground), Miller has taken his role of dual-threat QB seriously. Add in his seven touchdowns in two games, and the focus of the Golden Bears defense becomes very obvious.

 

Prediction: Ohio State 31, California 21

California has given up 31 points to their opponents in each of the first two games this season and will do the same again to the Buckeyes. With Meyer’s willingness to stick to the run game and keep his offense balanced, Ohio State will not run up the score.

Ohio State will find more of their weaknesses on Saturday, as Cal’s secondary is good enough to make the young Braxton Miller pay for his mistakes. The Buckeyes will win, but this game will be a great learning experience for the team.

 

Check back for more on the NCAA Football as it comes, and don’t miss Bleacher Report’s College Football page to get your fill of college football.

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