TCU (15) Hosts Ohio State (4) on Saturday Night Football

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Buckeyes and Horned Frogs Meet on Saturday Night Football

Saturday Night Football on ABC most always has quality matchups. Tonight is no different. The 15th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs and the 4th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will battle at AT&T Stadium Saturday night.

Kickoff is set for a few minutes after 8 pm EST.

Oddsmakers have the Buckeyes as 13.5-point road favorites. The total is at 58.5.

Ohio State interim coach Ryan Day will again lead the team on game day. Urban Meyer still has to complete a three-game suspension. The suspension is related to his handling of domestic abuse allegations against recently fired assistant Zach Smith.

Ohio State’s offense has been clicking on all cylinders. It is averaging 64.5 points in two wins in which the absence of Meyer has been a non-factor.

This game is huge for TCU. An upset of the Buckeyes would elevate the Horned Frogs into the discussion about possible College Football Playoff teams.

Ohio State Offense is Ready for Saturday Night Football Primetime

Ohio State is 2-0 and the offense is humming like a sewing machine. Sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins has completed a outstanding 79.2 percent of his passes. That is superb in his first two college starts.

He has racked up 546 yards and nine touchdowns against one interception.

The Buckeyes are also averaging 300 yards on the ground. Junior Mike Weber has 217 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore J.K. Dobbins has chipped in 147 yards and one score. They are off to solid starts.

WR Terry McLaurin is averaging 34.4 yards per catch and has scored on three of his five receptions.

Junior defensive end Nick Bosa is dominating the trenches. He has five tackles for loss, including three sacks. Junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and sophomore defensive end Chase Young have two sacks apiece. This defense will be tested tonight.

Ohio State holds a 4-1-1 series edge, but the last meeting was in 1973 when the Buckeyes prevailed 37-3.

TCU Has Some Holes to Fill, but Still Dangerous

TCU is 2-0 to start the 2018 season. The team lost a lot on offense but still has many weapons that can hurt the Buckeyes

Senior receiver KaVontae Turpin set school records for career punt return touchdowns and total return scores last week. He brought one back 78 yards against SMU on Sept. 7. That gave him 4 punt returns for a TD and 5 total return TD’s.

He has eight receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown this season.

Sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson has thrown for 336 yards, four touchdowns and one interception so far. He is also the team’s leading rusher with 112 yards and three scores.

Sophomore defensive tackle Corey Bethley has three sacks. Senior linebacker Ty Summers has two for a defensive unit allowing an average of 9.5 points.

LB Alec Dunham returned a fumble 25 yards for a score against SMU.

PREDICTION: Ohio State 38, TCU 23

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Ohio State 2-0 2-0 64.50 17.00 47.5 2-0 0-0 1-1 1-1 0-0
Texas Christian 2-0 1-1 48.50 9.50 39 0-1 1-0 1-1 1-0 0-1
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
OHIOST 10.08 15.47 -5.39
TCU 9.2 22.47 -13.28
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
OHIOST 12.73 10.44 2.29
TCU 11.39 9.22 2.17
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
OHIOST 6.45 3.79 2.66
TCU 5.74 3.21 2.53
Team Records

Ohio State Buckeyes

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 2-0 2-0 0-0 2-0 2-0 0-0 64.50 17.00 47.50
vs Conf 1-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 52.00 3.00 49.00
Last 3 2-0 2-0 0-0 2-0 2-0 0-0 64.50 17.00 47.50

TCU Horned Frogs

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 48.50 9.50 39.00
vs Conf 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 48.50 9.50 39.00

Saturday Night Football Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 64.50 2 9.50 15
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 48.50 14 17.00 40

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Ohio State
Texas Christian

Head To Head Detail

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Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
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Saturday Night Football Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Ohio State Buckeyes

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 8, 2018 RUTGER 52-3 W -35/59 W/U 225 354 579 69 65 134 -2 H
Sep 1, 2018 OREGST 77-31 W -40/63 W/O 375 346 721 196 196 392 0 H
Dec 29, 2017 USC 24-7 W -9.5/65 W/U 163 114 277 57 356 413 -3 H
Dec 2, 2017 WISCSN 27-21 W -3.5/51 W/U 238 211 449 60 238 298 1 A
Nov 25, 2017 MICH 31-20 W -12.5/49.5 L/O 226 124 350 100 195 295 -1 A

TCU Horned Frogs

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 7, 2018 SMU 42-12 W -23.5/59 W/U 247 146 393 131 111 242 1 A
Sep 1, 2018 STHERN 55-7 W -50/ 235 264 499 84 101 185 -3 H
Dec 28, 2017 STANFO 39-37 W -3/49.5 L/O 147 341 488 157 212 369 1 H
Dec 2, 2017 OKLA 17-41 L 7/64 L/U 83 234 317 218 243 461 2 A
Nov 24, 2017 BAYLOR 45-22 W -24.5/52 L/O 112 325 437 79 314 393 -3 H

Next up:
TCU at Texas Saturday, September 22
Ohio State home to Tulane Saturday, September 22

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