The showdown between No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 1 USC Trojans is sure to be the game of the year. As a college football fan, there are several things you should expect from this Saturday's Collision at the Coliseum.
1) Plenty of offense
Whether it be Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez tossing deep balls to Patrick Turner, or one of USC's seven tailbacks carrying the ball for positive yardage, this offense machine will eat up some turf.
Their counterparts, the Ohio State Buckeyes, will rely on the throwing ability of veteran QB Todd Boeckman, and, most importantly, the RB Chris Wells' toting of the rock.
It has been rumored that Wells, coming off a bum ankle, may still carry the ball as many as 45 times against the Trojan D.
As an aside, too, the Brian's—Robiskie and Hartline— provide excellent targets for Boeckman. Freshman Tyrelle Pryor should also see his role increased at quarterback, especially if Wells re-aggravates his injury.
2) Dynamic defense
Being astute readers, you probably noticed that I made no mention of a high-scoring affair in my offense section. There's good reason for that.
USC's defense, led by All-Americans Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga can absolutely fly to the ball, creating havoc for any offensive unit. That being said, both stars are nursing injuries, so it will be interesting to see how well they produce come game time.
The Buckeyes' D is well-known by now. The names are legendary: James Laurinitis and Malcolm Jenkins head this fantastic bunch. Don't be surprised to see this squad rebound from a poor showing against Ohio University to cause Sanchez stress in the pocket.
3) Solid coaching
This matchup provides fans with a chance to see arguably the top two coaches in the college game today in Pete Carroll and Jim Tressel. Both Carroll and Tressel are proven winners and expect their respective squad to be well-prepared for a dogfight every time they step on the football field.
Don't bank on a whole lot of trickeration, because these coaches will stick with what they know best: hard-nosed football.
4) Insane atmosphere
This game isn't a rivalry, but expect the atmosphere in the Coliseum to be at a BCS Bowl-esque proportion. Both teams have a lot to prove in the early going of the football season, and no better way than to perform on the biggest stage.
You can bet that fans from both teams will come decked out and ready to see some exciting and entertaining action. The over-100,000 seat stadium will be packed to absolute capacity for this showdown of College Football titans.
Win or lose, you can expect both of these teams to display a great amount of sportsmanship. After all, their coaches won't allow anything less. These coaches have instilled the values to their players of being gracious no matter what the situation.
Most of all though, expect hard work and excitement! Who's ready for this thriller!?