A pair of teams from the Buckeye State lock up on the gridiron when the MAC travels to face the Big Ten in non-conference action. The Miami (OH) RedHawks are on the road as they travel within the state to take on the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon. Miami (OH) was dropped 35-13 on the road by Cincinnati last Saturday in their previous contest. Ohio State rolled to an easy 51-10 demolition of Indiana on the road in their conference opener last Saturday. The Buckeyes have won the three previous meetings between the teams, including a 56-10 romp at home in the last matchup on September 1, 2012.
Miami (OH) RedHawks Hope for Massive Upset
Miami (OH) tried to build off their week 2 win over Tennessee Tech but they were handled by Cincinnati: they lost to the Bearcats for the 14th straight time. The RedHawks now have to go on the road as they make the trip to Columbus for this contest. Miami (OH) led 10-0 after the opening quarter and still held the lead in the final minute of the half before giving up the go-ahead score with 10 seconds to play before intermission. The RedHawks never recovered as they gave up three third-quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach. Miami (OH) was outgained 420-207, lost the first down battle 23-14 and dropped the time of possession battle 32:52 to 27:08 in the game. Both teams turned the ball over once in the contest.
— Miami Football (@MiamiOHFootball) September 14, 2019
The RedHawks have struggled on the offensive side of the ball this season: they enter this game 115th in the nation in passing offense (162.7 yards per game) and 116th in rushing (104.3 yards per game) so far. Miami (OH) is 94th in scoring offense by putting up 25 points per contest and are tied for 91st in scoring defense in the FBS by allowing 30 points per game. Brett Gabbert has completed 37 of 62 passes for 481 yards with two touchdowns and one interception this season. Jackson Williamson hit his lone pass attempt for seven yards. Tyre Shelton leads the team with 24 carries for 108 yards and a score on the ground. Davion Johnson (26 carries, 71 yards, two TD) and Maurice Thomas (15 carries, 57 yards) are the next backs in the system. Johnson leads the team with eight receptions for 82 yards while Jack Sorenson (seven catches, 54 yards, TD) and Dominique Robinson (five grabs, 106 yards) are next in line. Sam Sloman is seven of seven on extra point attempts and has hit all four field goal tries with a long of 41. Jacob Swartz hit both his extra point tries while not attempting a field goal this season.
Obviously, this should be an uphill battle for the RedHaawks.
“Offensively, there’s no margin of error for our defense because any of their skill guys, including the quarterback and tight ends, if they get the ball and they get out in space, it can go the distance,” head coach Chuck Martin said of the Buckeyes. “They have so many chunk plays, plays that most normal teams wouldn’t get chunk plays on. They get eight-yard runs that turn into 80-yard runs just because of the overall speed of their team.
“The same thing defensively. Things just close up so fast. They close so much space. Windows open and close in the passing game so fast. In the run game, you think you have a little bit of air and it shuts down so quickly. So their speed is overwhelming to the opposition and it really can wear teams down.”
Ohio State Buckeyes Cruising Along
Ohio State shrugged off a slow first quarter as they blew the game open in the middle two quarters to bury Indiana on the road. The Buckeyes now look to keep cruising along as they have won their first three games by at least 24 points. Ohio State led 7-3 after the opening quarter before outscoring Indiana 44-7 over the second and third quarters to put the game away. The Buckeyes outgained the Hoosiers 510-257 and won the first down battle 30-15: that helped negate a 32:10 to 27:50 disadvantage in time of possession. Both teams turned the ball over once: Ohio State scored on a pick-six and also blocked a punt for a safety.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 15, 2019
The Buckeyes are 76th in the nation in passing offense (228 yards per game) and a stellar 15th in rushing offense as they average 271 yards per contest. Ohio State stands 18th in the FBS in scoring offense with 46 points per contest and are 10th in scoring defense by allowing 10.3 points per game. Justin Fields is 52 of 74 for 657 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions: he’s added 114 yards and four scores on the ground. Chris Chugunov is five of seven for 18 yards while Gunnar Hoak completed his lone throw for nine yards. J.K. Dobbins leads the team with 60 carries for 425 yards and four scores: Master Teague III (29 carries, 215 yards, TD) is next in line. K.J. Hill has caught 13 passes for 101 yards plus two scores to lead the team. Binjimen Victor (11 receptions, 200 yards, TD) and Chris Olave (10 receptions, 198 yards, two TD) are other top targets in the aerial game. Blake Haubell has hit all 19 extra point attempts and is one of two on field goals with a long of 46.
- Redhawks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in September
- Redhawks are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games
- Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game
- Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win
- Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game