The Ohio State Buckeyes will look to continue to prove they can move on without Braxton Miller as they face the Virginia Tech Hokies in their home opener.
No. 8 Ohio State had a sloppy start to their season opener against Navy, but they ultimately came away with a 34-17 victory over the Midshipmen.
Quarterback J.T. Barrett had an overall solid showing in his debut, which was a relief for the Buckeyes he has big shoes to fill with Braxton Miller being out for the season.
The running game also stepped up as it moved on without Carlos Hyde, and a committee formed to finish with 144 yards in addition to Barrett’s 50 rushing yards.
They will look to go 2-0 in their home opener against Virginia Tech, who beat William and Mary, 34-9. Quarterback Michael Brewer looked great in his first college start, completing 23-of-30 of his passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.
The running game looked promising for the Hokies as well as it finished with 222 total rushing yards.
The Buckeyes will look to prove that they can still function offensively without Miller and Hyde, and the defense will look to prove they are an improved unit after holding the Midshipmen to 17 points.
The Hokies would all but guarantee themselves a spot in the top 25 if they were to upset the Buckeyes, but they will need to neutralize Barrett and control the clock with their rushing attack.
Prediction: Ohio State 35, Virginia Tech 21