5 Bold Predictions for Ohio State Buckeyes vs Virginia Tech Hokies in College Football Week 1

By Seth Lassen
5 Bold Predictions for Ohio State Buckeyes vs Virginia Tech Hokies in College Football Week 1
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Ohio State vs Virginia Tech Predictions

Ohio State vs Virginia Tech Predictions Credit: USA TODAY Sports-Greg Bartram
Saturday night's matchup between Ohio State and Virginia Tech is just oozing with storylines. Virginia Tech was the only team that managed to find a way to beat Ohio State in 2014. The No. 1-ranked Buckeyes are out to avenge that loss, but will they be able to do it on the road in a tough atmosphere at Lane Stadium?

Ohio State vs Virginia Tech Predictions

Saturday night's matchup between Ohio State and Virginia Tech is just oozing with storylines. Virginia Tech was the only team that managed to find a way to beat Ohio State in 2014. The No. 1-ranked Buckeyes are out to avenge that loss, but will they be able to do it on the road in a tough atmosphere at Lane Stadium?

5. JT Barrett Starts and Makes Urban Meyer Look Good

5. JT Barrett Starts and Makes Urban Meyer Look Good Credit: Getty Images
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has a tough choice to make with who starts at quarterback, but he can't go wrong with either J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones. In the end, I expect Barrett to get the starting nod and prove Meyer made the best decision. Expect Barrett to have a huge game and light up the Hokies defense both through the air and on the ground.

5. JT Barrett Starts and Makes Urban Meyer Look Good

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has a tough choice to make with who starts at quarterback, but he can't go wrong with either J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones. In the end, I expect Barrett to get the starting nod and prove Meyer made the best decision. Expect Barrett to have a huge game and light up the Hokies defense both through the air and on the ground.

4. Michael Brewer Improves Over 2014 Game vs Ohio St.

4. Michael Brewer Improves Over 2014 Game vs Ohio St. Credit: Bob Donnan - USA TODAY Sports
The Hokies upset Ohio State 35-21 in Columbus in the opening game of the 2014 season, but starting quarterback Michael Brewer didn't have one of his better outings. He completed 23 of 36 passes for just 199 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. With the game at home this time around, Brewer will see more success in his second career game against the Buckeyes.

4. Michael Brewer Improves Over 2014 Game vs Ohio St.

The Hokies upset Ohio State 35-21 in Columbus in the opening game of the 2014 season, but starting quarterback Michael Brewer didn't have one of his better outings. He completed 23 of 36 passes for just 199 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. With the game at home this time around, Brewer will see more success in his second career game against the Buckeyes.

3. Offenses Trade Touchdowns On First Possessions

3. Offenses Trade Touchdowns On First Possessions Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The Bud Foster-led Virginia Tech defense should be one of the stingiest units in the country, but stopping the Ohio State offense is obviously no easy task. On the offensive side of the ball, the Hokies return most of their starters at the skill positions and won't be easy to stop either. Expect offensive fireworks from both teams right from the opening kickoff.

3. Offenses Trade Touchdowns On First Possessions

The Bud Foster-led Virginia Tech defense should be one of the stingiest units in the country, but stopping the Ohio State offense is obviously no easy task. On the offensive side of the ball, the Hokies return most of their starters at the skill positions and won't be easy to stop either. Expect offensive fireworks from both teams right from the opening kickoff.

2. Ezekiel Elliott Starts Heisman Campaign In Big Way

2. Ezekiel Elliott Starts Heisman Campaign In Big Way Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Elliott is the most likely non-quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in 2015. The Buckeyes' running back was simply unstoppable in the second half of last season and dominated in the two playoff games. His elite combination of acceleration, speed, and vision makes him nearly impossible to tackle in the open field. Elliot's Heisman Campaign will get off to a big start against the Hokies. Expect numbers around 150 yards and multiple touchdowns for No. 15.

2. Ezekiel Elliott Starts Heisman Campaign In Big Way

Elliott is the most likely non-quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in 2015. The Buckeyes' running back was simply unstoppable in the second half of last season and dominated in the two playoff games. His elite combination of acceleration, speed, and vision makes him nearly impossible to tackle in the open field. Elliot's Heisman Campaign will get off to a big start against the Hokies. Expect numbers around 150 yards and multiple touchdowns for No. 15.

1. Buckeyes Win a Close One

1. Buckeyes Win a Close One Credit: Matthew Emmons - USA Today
The Buckeyes are out to avenge their only loss from the 2014 season, but they'll have to do it on the road against an experienced and talented Virginia Tech team. In the end, the talent and depth of Ohio State will be enough to overcome a valiant effort by Frank Beamer's team. Ohio State wins 38-34.

1. Buckeyes Win a Close One

The Buckeyes are out to avenge their only loss from the 2014 season, but they'll have to do it on the road against an experienced and talented Virginia Tech team. In the end, the talent and depth of Ohio State will be enough to overcome a valiant effort by Frank Beamer's team. Ohio State wins 38-34.

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