Ohio State vs. TCU: Week 3 College Football Preview

By September 14, 2018 articles

Year after year, both Ohio State and TCU have to prove people wrong. The Buckeyes are perennially overrated. TCU is perennially overlooked. Week 3 has the opportunity to reveal truth as #5 Ohio State takes on #15 TCU at AT&T Stadium on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Ohio State is currently a 13.-point favorite vs. TCU with an over/under currently set at a total of 58.5.

Ohio will enter one of its biggest tests of the season without Head Coach Urban Meyer — who’s still serving a suspension for lying about an offseason domestic incident involving a former member of his staff. It’s tough to say how much his presence will be missed, but so far Ohio State looks as dominant as ever.

The Buckeyes (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) covered two enormous spreads to start the 2018 season with wins against Rutgers and Oregon St. and have suffocated opponents on both sides of he ball.

The offense, led by quarterback Dwayne Haskins (9 TDs, 1 Int), has scored 129 points in the team’s first two games and last week out-produced Rutgers 579-134 in total yardage.

You think the offense is scary? The defense is scarier as it held Rutgers to a lowly 2.2 yards per play. Defensive end Nick Bosa may be the most dominant player in college football and he is just one of the many NFL-caliber players scattered across the Buckeyes’ defense. TCU will most certainly have its hands full.

The Horned Frogs (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) have been waiting for an opportunity to make a statement and there is no bigger stage in America than a game against Ohio St. at AT&T Stadium. Head Coach Gary Patterson already has TCU in high gear with two convincing wins over SMU and FCS Southern University.

Many of the questions on offense surrounded starting quarterback Shawn Robinson, but the dual-threat quarterback has been solid thus far, throwing a total of four touchdowns and two interceptions. Robinson also shares the field with two of the most explosive playmakers in college football in KaVonte Turpin and Jalen Reagor.

While Ohio State is arguably the most talented team in College Football, Gary Patterson certainly has enough talent to pull off an upset. Patterson is 7-1 ATS when playing as an underdog of 10.5 to 21 points. However, the team is an awful 0-8 ATS in home games (which this game will technically be as it’s located in Texas) taking place in the first half of the season.

Pick: Our expert Scott Matthews likes the game to go OVER 58.5 between the two teams.