Ryan Day's first full season as Ohio State head coach is off to about as good a start as you could hope. The Buckeyes face their second in-state opponent of the year in MAC squad Miami (OH).
OSU entered the year in the rare position of not being the favorite in the Big Ten. That distinction went to rival Michigan.
It is still very early, and both teams are undefeated. Ohio State has certainly looked the part more than the Wolverines early on. The Buckeyes began the year blowing out Lane Kiffin's FAU Owls 45-21, and followed it up by dismantling former Buckeye interim head coach and longtime assistant Luke Fickell's Cincinnati team 42-0. Last weekend, the Buckeyes blew out Indiana on the road, 51-10.
Cincinnati is coming off of a great season and is expected to be one of the better Group of Five teams in the country, while Indiana has often given Ohio State some trouble.
Miami (OH) shouldn't be a major test ahead of the bulk of the Big Ten schedule.
Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Channel: Big Ten Network
Spread: Ohio State -38.5
Announcers:Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis, Elise Menaker
The RedHawks are set to face their second Big Ten foe of the year, after losing to Iowa at Kinnick Stadium 38-14. They also lost to the same Cincinnati team that OSU beat like a "Best Damn Band..." drum, 35-13. Between the two, they beat Tennessee Tech 48-17.
The name under center for Miami will be familiar to most football fans. Brett Gabbert, a freshman from St. Louis, is the younger brother of former Missouri star and first-round pick Blaine Gabbert, now a backup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The younger Gabbert is 37-for-62 for 481 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on the year. He'll need to channel his older brother's impressive play from his college days if Miami is to stick around in this one. RedHawks coach Chuck Martin certainly seems to understand that, based on some comments made earlier in the week. I wouldn't bet on it, but stranger things have happened.
Ohio State is 5-0 all-time in this game, per Winsipedia, with the last matchup coming in 2012.