Ohio State starters should become spectators most of second half against the RedHawks


By Jim Naveau - jnaveau@limanews.com



Here are some things you won’t see when Ohio State takes on Miami (Ohio) in its final non-Big Ten football game of the regular season today:

You won’t see Justin Fields throw six touchdown passes. You won’t see J.K. Dobbins run for four touchdowns.

You won’t see Chase Young get four sacks. You won’t see the first-team offensive line or the first-team defensive line, as a unit, on the field in the final five minutes of the game.

What will be on display is possibly the most predictable game of the season. So, unless something really weird happens, Fields, Dobbins, Young and the rest of OSU’s best players won’t be in the game long enough to put big numbers on the stat sheet.

Statistically, several of Ohio State’s back-ups might end up with bigger numbers than some of the starters.

Presumably, Miami coach Chuck Martin is trying to sell some version of David versus Goliath or We Can Shock the World like Appalachian State at Michigan in 2007 to his team.

Earlier this week, Martin said because none of the 85 players on the RedHawks’ roster were recruited by Ohio State, today’s game at Ohio Stadium is like a game between school kids at recess where Ohio State gets the first 85 picks when sides are being chosen.

Funny line. Accurate. But you know he’s using that as a rallying cry, not an indicator that Miami might as well just wave the white flag of surrender before the game even kicks off.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day’s message to OSU’s players appears to be some version of keeping the pedal to the metal.

Where most observers saw a dominant performance in the Buckeyes’ 51-10 win at Indiana last Saturday, Day says he saw lots of things that could be improved and cleaned up.

No. 6 Ohio State will be trying to raise its record to 4-0 today. Miami comes into the game 1-2. The RedHawks’ win was over Tennessee Tech, a winless FCS school. Their two losses were 38-14 at Iowa and 35-13 against Cincinnati.

One of the few bright spots for Miami has been freshman quarterback Brett Gabbert, who has thrown for 481 yards and two touchdowns with only one interception. He has been sacked six times and Ohio State can be expected to add a few more to that total.

The prediction: Ohio State 56, Miami 7.

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By Jim Naveau

jnaveau@limanews.com

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