In a rematch of the unforgettable 2003 Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State squares off against Miami in what could be the most interesting game of the week.
Both teams annihilated their weaker first week opponent. Each put up a 45 spot and their defenses allowed zero points. (Ohio State’s had a FG blocked that was run back for a TD.)
However, Week 2 will bring a revealing test for both teams and it will be a much more realistic measuring stick than what we saw against these “Squash-Me University” squads.
These teams are practically identical when looking at their first week numbers, but it is hard not to get the feeling that Ohio State has a slight edge over the often-inconsistent Miami Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes secondary is probably the most worrisome. While they do have experience now, it’s hard to forget the several times that they fell apart last season
Miami’s defensive line should find ways to get at Terrelle Pryor, but once they flush him out of the pocket, things could get ugly. If these defensive back are not sure of their assignments, it will open up seams for Pryor to throw through and then it could be time to bring on the nasty.
Plus, the Horseshoe is always a nightmare for visiting quarterbacks, so Ohio State should be able to cover 10 points even if The U’s best defense does show up. It will definitely be a close game but this matchup is too big for Jim Tressel to lose at home this early in the season.
Pick: Ohio State -9.5