Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/18/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021
Venue:  Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Where to Watch:  Fox Sports 1


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Golden Hurricane +24.5, Buckeyes -24.5; Over/Under:  61 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Golden Hurricane +24.5, Buckeyes -24.5; Over/Under:  61 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Golden Hurricane +24.5, Buckeyes -24.5; Over/Under:  61 points

Season Record

Tulsa Golden Hurricane:  0-2 (8th place, AAC)
Ohio State Buckeyes:  1-1 (3rd place, Big Ten East)
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Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Ohio State Buckeyes Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Tulsa Golden Hurricane:  lost 2
Ohio State Buckeyes:  lost 1

Offensive Analysis

Last season the Tulsa Golden Hurricane averaged a 56.5% completion percentage, 252.8 passing yards, and 1.7 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 161.3 rushing yards and 1.4 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Ohio State Buckeyes were averaging a 70.2% completion percentage, 262.5 passing yards, and 2.8 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 256.9 rushing yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game on the ground.

Defensive Analysis

Last season the Tulsa Golden Hurricane were allowing teams a 60.7% completion percentage, 189.6 passing yards, and 1.1 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 144.3 rushing yards and 1 touchdown per game on the ground. The Ohio State Buckeyes were allowing teams a 66.1% completion percentage, 304 passing yards, and 2 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 97.9 rushing yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game on the ground.


Golden Hurricane vs Buckeyes Prediction

Tulsa is coming into this matchup with a 0-2 record overall, this will be their 3rd non-conference game in a row. They lost their first game of the college football season against the UC Davis Aggies 19-17 and followed that one up with another loss in their previous game 28-23 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Davis Brin played alright in their last time out as he completed 19/27 passes for 224 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He also led their run game with 37 rushing yards on 8 carries. The receiving corps, led by J.C. Santana, had 61 receiving yards on 4 receptions. All around, it was not a big day at all for the offense. Yohance Burnett led Tulsa's defense with 5 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones. Cullen Wick and Anthony Goodlow both had 1 sack each in the game and it was Justin Wright who came away with the only interception in that game for them. Tulsa has scored 40 points in their first 2 games and have allowed their opponents to score 47 points against them. Their offense is averaging 398.5 YPG while their defense is allowing 360.5 YPG.

Ohio State is coming into this game with a 1-1 record overall and is 1-0 in their conference games this year, this will not be one. They won their first college football game of the season against the Minnesota Golden Gophers 45-31 and then followed that up with a loss in their last game 35-28 against the Oregon Ducks. CJ Stroud struggled in that game as he completed 35/54 passes for 484 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception as his team still came up short for the victory. Their run game did not do a whole lot as they had to play from behind. Miyan Williams led the team in rushing with 77 yards on 14 carries. The receiving corps had an outstanding day in that game as 3 had over 100 yards receiving in the game. Jaxon Smith-Njigba led the way with 145 receiving yards and 2 TDs on 7 receptions. Chris Olave was 2nd on the team with 126 receiving yards on 12 receptions but caught the most passes in that game. Then there was Garrett Wilson with 117 receiving yards and 1 TD on 8 receptions. Ronnie Hickman led the defense with 6 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones. No one on the defense had a sack or an interception in that game. OSU has scored 73 points in 2 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 66 points against them. Their offense is averaging 553.5 YPG while their defense is allowing 456.5 YPG.

Tulsa has not been the best on offense but they managed to move the ball well and score some points in their last game. OSU does not have a good defense either so they should be able to score some points here. OSU was embarrassed in their last game losing to Oregon and have now dropped heavily on the AP poll. They will need to put on a big show in this game to regain some of their ranking so that means scoring points and scoring a lot of them. This game should have a lot of points from both sides so a bet on the over would be a good wager here.

Golden Hurricane Buckeyes Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (3:30 pm ET start time) is Buckeyes 49 Golden Hurricane 21.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Tulsa Golden Hurricane: 10-2 ATS as an underdog. 11-1 ATS in road games. 
Ohio State Buckeyes: 13-8 ATS as a favorite. 14-10 ATS in all games. 

Key Injuries

Tulsa Golden Hurricane:  S. Boomer (QB) Ques Sat - Knee injury. J. Stewart (WR) out for season - Undisclosed injury.
Ohio State Buckeyes: S. Banks (CB) Prob Sat - Undisclosed injury. J. Proctor (S) out for season - Leg injury. H. Miller (OL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.

Players to Watch

Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Davis Brin is one player to watch in this game. He is the quarterback and almost led his team to victory against OK State last week. If his team is to stand a chance here he will have to play his best so look for him to lead this offense in this game.
Ohio State Buckeyes: CJ Stroud is one player to watch here. He will need to play better in this game as he did not play his best in last week’s game. They need to score a lot and bury this team now that they have 1 loss so watch for him to throw the ball and drive up the score in this game.

Notable Quotes

“We know we got a great opponent. Coach Day’s done a great job up there, tremendous talent, and got it at every position. They’re big, they can run, they’re well-coached. And we know we got our hands full traveling up there but I know our team is excited about the opportunity to go play, is ready to compete, and knowing that tall task in front of us. Yet, that being said, our team is going up there with one mindset, the mindset of taking care of business, continue to improve, and to get better, and to have an opportunity to give ourselves a chance to win.” - Philip Montgomery on playing OSU this week.
“Well, I mean giving up too many yards and too many points. That’s the bottom line. It’s not just a single game. It’s a bit of a pattern. We took a long hard look the last 48 hours at everything that is going on. We are certainly going to make some adjustments here, not only in how we are attacking opposing offenses but also structurally in how we are doing our day-to-day operations.” - Ryan Day on how his team played against Oregon in the previous week.

Starting Lineups

Tulsa Golden Hurricane
WR Crawford Jr., Sam 
WR Santana, JuanCarlos 
WR Stokes, Keylon 
TE Hall, Ethan 
QB Brin, Davis 
RB Brooks, Shamari 
Ohio State Buckeyes
WR Wilson, Garrett 
WR Olave, Chris 
WR Smith-Njigba, Jaxon 
TE Ruckert, Jeremy 
QB Stroud, C.J. 
RB Teague III, Master 

Statistical Leaders

Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Passing: D. Brin (425)
Rushing: D. Prince (213)
Receiving: K. Stokes (114)
Touchdowns: D. Prince (2)
Sacks: C. Wick (1)
Tackles: K. Ray (9)
Ohio State Buckeyes
Passing: C. Stroud (778)
Rushing: M. Williams (202)
Receiving: C. Olave (243)
Touchdowns: C. Olave (2)
Sacks: C. Simon (1)
Tackles: R. Hickman (11)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane: Philip Montgomery (7th season)
Ohio State Buckeyes: Ryan Day (4th season)

Weather Forecast

86 degrees F partly cloudy, 67% humidity, 20% chance of rain, up to 7 mph wind speeds N.

Amedeus Mastrangelo

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