The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming off an undefeated season in 2012 in head coach Urban Meyer‘s first season. Not many thought this team could pull it off with no end goal — because of the one-year bowl ban — but they did just that and come into the 2013 year with a No. 2 ranking.
On the other side of the field, the San Diego State Aztecs are coming off a 40-19 shellacking against the Eastern Illinois Panthers that showed the Aztecs have a long way to go still to live up to last year’s solid nine-win season. The Aztecs got blown out in week one, leaving head coach Rocky Long scratching his head and looking for answers.
Ohio State’s offense is solid behind the strong arm of Braxton Miller. The junior quarterback and Heisman contender passed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 15-22 passing. With Carlos Hyde out in week one, Jordan Hall stepped up at running back, rushing for 159 yards and two scores on 21 carries.
San Diego State had a poor offense a season ago and it looks to be much-improved in 2013. The Aztecs racked up 440 total yards while quarterback Adam Dingwell passed for 318 yards and an unfortunate four interceptions. No rusher finished with more than 50 yards on the ground.
The Ohio State defense needs to be much better if the Buckeyes want to compete for a Big Ten title. While they played well against Buffalo in week one, they still let the Bulls score 20 points which is unacceptable for Meyer’s squad. San Diego State gave up 40 points and over 500 yards to Eastern Illinois. Enough said.
San Diego State will be traveling to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be aired on ABC and ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: San Diego State 13, Ohio State 41
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