After an historical NFL Draft exodus Ohio State entered the season in need of either a rebuilding or a reloading. If their Week 1 win against Bowling Green was any indication at all, the Buckeyes picked the latter.
Ohio State's first game couldn't have gone a lot better. The Buckeyes trounced Bowling Green, 77-10, and the offense was maybe even better than 77 points suggests. They set a school record with 776 yards of total offense. They recorded 41 first downs. They dominated relatively equally with the pass and the run. They had a freshman running back go for 136 yards on 19 carries in his first game. They did all of this with 16 new starters in Week 1. It was nearly perfect.
The Buckeyes draw Tulsa this week in Columbus. The Golden Hurricane put an impressive 45-10 pounding on San Jose State to start their year, but it's still a long shot that they might stay competitive against Urban Meyer's team. If they do, it'll be quite a feather in Philip Montgomery's cap.
This is the first of two marquee opponents on Tulsa's schedule, as the team also travels to Houston in AAC play on Oct. 15. Ohio State plays Oklahoma next weekend in what might be the year's best non-conference game.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC. The broadcasters are Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst) and Tom Luginbill (sideline).
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Spread: Ohio State opened as a 28.5-point favorite.
Three big things to know
1. Will Ohio State get some things settled? The Buckeyes were incredible against Bowling Green, but it's likely Meyer will look to streamline his depth chart in the weeks to come. With a week left ahead of Oklahoma, this is as good a time as any to find his best answers, especially at receiver.
2. Can Tulsa score a bit? The Golden Hurricane will have a hard time keeping up with the Buckeyes, but it'd be nice to see some buildup of offensive momentum. And that's completely possible. Tulsa averaged 507 yards of offense and 37 points last season, including 38 points in a loss to Oklahoma. (Do not ask about the defense. Do not.)
3. Can Ohio State put up another ridiculous number? OK, since you asked: Tulsa's defense, despite allowing just 10 points in Week 1, is probably not great. The Golden Hurricane allowed 40 points and 536 yards per game in 2015, and if you're expecting Barrett and his friends to erupt again, you might not be far off base.