Breaking it down: OSU ready to #FreeBosa
Who: Hawaii vs. No. 1 Ohio State
When: 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
TV: Big Ten Network
Spread: OSU -42
Matchup to watch: Ben Clarke vs. Joey Bosa
Ah, #FreeBosa no more. The Ohio State defensive end will make his highly anticipated 2015 debut after his one game suspension against Hawaii’s best player. The All-Mountain West senior will have his hands full with the Buckeyes’ top defensive weapon. If and when Bosa starts to take over, that might force a double team, which would make life easier for Adolphus Washington and the rest of the Buckeye pass rushers. Bosa might even get more rest than usual with it being his first game back. Sam Hubbard’s Virginia Tech performance might give Urban Meyer confidence to give him increased reps. Either way, Clarke has one of the toughest matchups in America on Saturday.
Thing I’m excited to see: MORE BRAXTON MILLER
I’ve probably watched the spin a solid 30 times. I’m guessing you have, too. If not, here you go. Nobody was more entertaining on opening weekend than the newest Buckeye H-back. He only had eight touches, but he made the most of them. With the returns of Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson, Miller likely won’t be a possession receiver and chances are that he won’t crack double digit carries in a game. But man, he regained his status as must-see TV. There’s nobody on Hawaii — or maybe all of college football — that can match his athleticism, so Meyer will likely do what he can to get the senior some early looks in space. With the way this one could play out, Miller might be on the sideline by halftime.
Number to remember: 10
That’s how many snaps J.T. Barrett got in the opener. My guess? That number doubles in Week 2. Even though Meyer listed Cardale Jones OR J.T. Barrett as the starter, Jones is the guy. Agree with it or not, Jones will play the majority of the snaps. But Barrett might be rotated in early if the Buckeyes take a four-possession lead in the first quarter. It remains to be seen if Meyer is willing to trade off series with his two signal-callers. We still might not get an answer on that until Big Ten play heats up. Just don’t expect Barrett’s usage to be as minimal as it was against Virginia Tech.
Prediction: Ohio State 62, Hawaii 7
The Rainbow Warriors will get a nice little vacation to Big Ten country, complete with a large check and a swift pounding from the Buckeyes. Week 2 will be much kinder to the Buckeyes this year.