The Ohio State vs. Oklahoma game on live stream and television is anticipated to be one of the top college football games to watch on Sunday. Two college football teams who don’t play often may offer a game on par with a college football playoff contest in Oklahoma Saturday night. Despite the Buckeyes being on the road, they’ll come into the matchup expected to win. The current No. 3 team takes on a No. 14 Sooners team that has already lost one game this season to Houston. However, the home team is certainly capable of a big win. It features plenty of respect and a bit of verbal taunting from the Sooners.
The game is played on the field, but also from the sidelines as two of the game’s top head coaches will make strategic moves to try to grab the win. On one side is Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer. On the other is Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops. The two will be calling the shots in a rare matchup that doesn’t happen very often in the regular season. The Sooners coach certainly respects his opponents.
A recent piece from Tulsa World indicates that Stoops has an Ohio connection. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and was the son of a high school football coach. He never claimed the Buckeyes as his team or was recruited to play there, but knows quite about their tradition. That tradition of excellence has continued into the present, and Stoops realizes his team has a tough task ahead.
He mentioned that Ohio State excellence in one comment he made, discussing how the place he grew up didn’t shape his opinion towards them. It’s just a known fact for those who grew up watching the game.
“You recognize and respect the tradition and history of Ohio State and their excellent play. I believe I’d be that way whether I’m from Ohio or not.”
That tradition brings an Ohio State team to town that’s hungry for a huge win. The Sooners gave up 33 points in their opening loss at Houston. Last week they routed University of Louisiana-Monroe 59-17. Still, they’ve given up a total of 50 points against two teams to start their season and will need to focus on preventing a potent Ohio State team from running up the score on them often and early.
Stoops discussed his outlook on the game ahead of this huge matchup earlier in the week.
“We’re going to have to play better. There’s only so much help in this game. When you play a team like this, they stress you from sideline to sideline. They make every level of your defense execute. We just have to compete and be competitive and play with a lot of energy.”
The Vegas Insider reports that Ohio State moved to favorites to win this game, after first being listed as six-point underdogs a few weeks ago. As a team, they’ve put up an impressive 125 points in just two games, and tonight have an opportunity to take away the Sooners’ chances at the College Football Championship. While it may seem like not much of a surprise that the better-ranked team is the favorite, CBS Sports also indicates it is the first time during Stoops’ tenure as OU coach that he’s been an underdog.
While Stoops will be directing from the sidelines, that duty falls on the shoulders quarterback Baker Mayfield on the field. Against Houston, he tallied 323 yards and two touchdowns on 24 of 33 completed passes. He was effective with less attempts against Louisiana-Monroe last week, throwing 244 yards and three touchdowns on 14 of 20 completions. He’s got the full support of his backup quarterback, who already provided chalkboard material for the opposition. Now Mayfield will need to deliver on his teammate’s claims.
The two teams will compete at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. FOX will be the official television channel with the game telecast, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Ohio State vs. Oklahoma live stream online game coverage is available through the Fox Sports Go website or mobile apps, but only customers who have a valid cable or satellite account can log into the apps or site.
Which squad will reign supreme in Norman on Saturday night, the Buckeyes or Sooners?
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