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Sooners with 11 straight wins since last Ohio State matchup

Sooners with 11 straight wins since last Ohio State matchup”

Ohio State will be the talk of the country, but it's actually the best long-term scenario for the Wolverines.

We don't often witness moments like this in college football's regular season. That couldn't be further from the truth. This game is likely to have College Football Playoff implications.

In all, Oklahoma returns nine starters on offense. If the running game isn't there early, expect OU to lean heavy on the intermediate and deep passing game to open up some of those rushing lanes.

James has always been a big fan of the Ohio State program and has been connected to the program for years. Early results for the embattled league weren't encouraging. The leadership you see on the Oklahoma team right now was formed in the weeks and months after that Ohio State defeat.

The key to stopping Ohio State will be limiting the run game of Dobbins and veteran Mike Weber, as well as halting the horizontal passing game that the Buckeyes exploited in the second half against Indiana. The league eventually settled for a conference championship game beginning this year. MI also moved into the Top 10 from No. 11 after beating Florida, which fell from No. 17 to No. 22 after that loss. He's played in big games, home, neutral and on the road.

"I've watched it a million times", said Parker of last year's matchup. "We're gonna have to play a helluva lot better than we played a year ago".

The stakes rise a bit in Week 2, headlined, of course, by a visit from Oklahoma to face Ohio State on Saturday night (7:30 ET, ABC) and rivalries are rekindled in Pennsylvania and Iowa. The 2016 Big Ten defensive lineman of the year played in his 42nd career game and started for the 27th time.

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Once again, the only Group of Five team in the Top 25 is USF, which dropped from No. 19 to No. 21. The Big 12 is desperate for a pick-me-up. West Virginia dropped its one hard non-conference test, to Virginia Tech.

It's not quite this simple, but the conference is essentially down to seven teams that could compete for a playoff spot, and only four are realistic: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Kansas State.

Despite trailing in the third quarter in Bloomington, Ohio State barely had to adjust its offensive game plan. It could be a better contest than a season ago, but might still see a Buckeyes win, especially seeing as they are hosting, enjoying one of the best home records in the country over the last few years. "It's a big-time opponent, a top-10 matchup". Clemson 4. Penn State 5. Yet Mayfield and Barrett play for schools on the short list of teams expected to win every single game - and mean it.

Defensively, the Sooners had an easy afternoon of work in the week one win. The further tragedy would be the nation's longest winning streak being bracketed by losses to Ohio State. The Sooners went over the 62.5-point total in the victory.

College football is built on a foundation of irrational fanhood and hatred between rivals.

"Obviously, it's a great test for us this week going up to Ohio State", Riley said Monday.

Baker Mayfield nearly didn't miss.



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