After a 24-6 loss to the Miami Hurricanes dropped them out of the Top 25 polls, the (2-1) Ohio State Buckeyes return to the friendly confines of the "Horseshoe" to host the Colorado Buffaloes in a nationally-televised game on Saturday afternoon.
The Buckeyes will be looking for a lot more out of their quarterbacks, as fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman and freshman Braxton Miller combined to go 4-for-18 with 35 yards and an interception on Saturday night. Improved play from that position would take some of the pressure off of running backs Jordan Hall and Carlos Hyde, who combined for 26 carries and 141 yards against the Hurricanes.
Colorado opened the 2011 season with back-to-back losses to Hawaii and California, but are coming off a 28-14 win over in-state rival Colorado State. Senior quarterback Tyler Hansen had a hand, and two legs, in all four of the Buffaloes' touchdowns last week. In addition to passing for 215 yards and two touchdowns, Hansen added 26 yards and a pair two-yard touchdowns on the ground.
Hansen's preferred target in the passing game has been 6-foot-1, 175-pound sophomore wide receiver Paul Richardson, who leads the team with 18 receptions for 360 yards and four touchdowns this season. Senior running back Rodney Stewart has 223 yards on the ground and is tied with Richardson with 18 receptions out of the backfield.
Game date, time: 3:36pm ET, Saturday, September 24, 2011
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
TV channel: ABC/ESPN 2 (national)
Spread: Buckeyes favored by 15 points
Series history: Buckeyes lead, 3-1 (1-1 in Columbus)
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