Ohio State will be looking to further cement itself as one of the nation's top teams when the Buckeyes play host to San Diego State this Saturday.
The No. 3 Buckeyes got off to a solid start with a 40-20 win over Buffalo in the season opener, although things were not all rosy in that contest.
Ohio State was up 23-0 after the first quarter before watching Buffalo make things interesting.
Meanwhile, San Diego State was humiliated on its home field by Eastern Illinois to the tune of 40-19. The Aztecs will be in need of a drastically better performance or they will be completely blown out of the stadium in this one.
When: Saturday, September 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
TV Coverage: ABC/ESPN2
Spread: Ohio State -28 (According to Bovada)
Adam Muema, RB, Probable (Ankle)
Dan Kottman, DL, Questionable (Foot)
Calvin Munson, LB, Out (Head)
Derek Lergent, LB, Out (Knee)
Scott Graves, LB, Out, (Bicep)
Ohio State Injuries
CJ Barnett, S, Questionable (Ankle)
Corey Linsley, OL, Doubtful (Foot)
Tommy Schutt, DL, Out Indefinitely (Foot)
Blake Thomas, TE, Out for Season (Neck)
Adam Griffin, CB, Out for Season (Shoulder)
Jamie Wood, DB, Out for Season (Shoulder)
Bradley Roby, CB, Eligible Sat (Disciplinary)
Marcus Baugh, TE, Eligible Sat (Suspension)
Carlos Hyde, RB, Out Indefinitely (Suspension)
Key Storyline: Can Braxton Miller Build the Heisman Hype?
Junior quarterback Braxton Miller entered this season as one of the leading Heisman trophy candidates. He didn't play like that in Week 1.
He was 15-of-22 for 178 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also had 17 carries for 77 yards. These are strong numbers, but they aren't Heisman numbers against an opponent like Buffalo.
Of course, a big reason for that was that he was battling leg cramps for much of the game and came off the field on a couple of occasions. Still, there is no room for excuses when trying to win the Heisman, and if Miller wants to keep his name in contention, he needs to put up some numbers in this game.
Prediciton: Ohio State 45, San Diego State 17
San Diego State looked awful in the opener. I'm sure the Aztecs have better games ahead of them, but that isn't likely to come this week against Urban Meyer's powerhouse squad.
I expect a dominant performance from Ohio State. This game will be all but over by halftime.
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