2. Ohio State Buckeyes
Rank: 4 | Opponent: 15 TCU Horned Frogs | Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Many college football fans looked at the start of the season in the wake of the Urban Meyer suspension announcement and thought the same thing about the Ohio State Buckeyes. Considering that the first two games were against lowly Power 5 teams, Oregon State and Rutgers, it seemed as if Meyer wouldn’t be missed that much at all. However, it would be in Week 3 when the Buckeyes would finally be tested without their head coach, heading down to AT&T Stadium to face the TCU Horned Frogs.
As predicted, the Buckeyes haven’t truly been tested to this point, though they may have let the Beavers hang around early for longer than they anticipated. Even still, Dwayne Haskins and the Buckeyes offense is a powder-keg waiting to explode on any opposing defense at any second.
However, when you get into these high-profile matchups in college, coaching starts to matter. We saw it in the title game with the guts and experience of Saban allowing him to adjust and Kirby Smart seemingly not being ready for it. And on Saturday in Week 3, I think we could see something of the same when Ohio State has to face Gary Patterson without Meyer at the helm.
Patterson is one of the best coaches in the sport that not enough people seem to talk about. Not only can he recruit well with great talent like speedy quarterback Shawn Robinson, but he can coach and motivate with anyone. He will have the Horned Frogs ready to play and upset Ohio State and, without Meyer, I believe the Buckeyes are more than susceptible to that.