Game Day Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Arkansas State

The Red Wolves will be in danger this Saturday when Arkansas State visits Columbus to face the Buckeyes.

Ohio State is off the heels of a top-five win over Notre Dame  – an 11-point victory that wasn’t flashy but required hard-nosed, tough football to get the job done. That matchup was the talk of the weekend, reeling in 10.5 million viewers as the most-watched college football game in Week 1.

Meanwhile, Arkansas State took care of business against Grambling State, 58-3, behind a four-touchdown performance from quarterback James Blackman. However, don’t let the Red Wolves’ hot start fool you.

Ohio State has one of the best rosters in the nation, and Ryan Day has preached that his team needs to be skilled, disciplined and tough this week after what he would call an imperfect outing against Notre Dame.

Arkansas State celebrated its win over Grambling State. Ohio State was unsatisfied with (but still thankful for) its win over Notre Dame. The standards are different for the Buckeyes, as they should be. If all goes according to plan, Ryan Day will have his starters out of the game early in the second half, allowing some of the backups to earn much-needed experience.

The Buckeyes will win this one big.

Let’s have a good Saturday, shall we?

 THE MENU. For whatever reason, I’ve heard a lot about how the second week of the college football season usually has the least entertaining games. But that doesn’t seem like the case in 2022. I think some compelling matchups deserve some attention, which I’ll bold in the chart.

Below is the full slate of games for Saturday:

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile
Missouri at Kansas State 12:00pm ESPN2
Thomas More at Duquesne 12:00pm NEC Front Row
23 Wake Forest at Vanderbilt 12:00pm SECN
Western Illinois at Minnesota 12:00pm BTN
Southern Miss at 15 Miami (FL) 12:00pm ACCN
Ohio at Penn State 12:00pm ABC
North Carolina at Georgia State 12:00pm ESPNU
Duke at Northwestern 12:00pm FS1
Arkansas State at 3 Ohio State 12:00pm BTN
1 Alabama at Texas 12:00pm FOX
UTSA at Army 12:00pm CBSSN
South Carolina at 16 Arkansas 12:00pm ESPN
Charleston Sou. at 18 NC State 12:30pm RSN/ESPN3
Colgate at Maine 1:00pm FloSports
South Alabama at Central Michigan 1:00pm ESPN+
Fordham at Monmouth 1:00pm FloSports
Post at Stonehill 1:00pm NEC Front Row
Villanova at LIU 1:00pm NEC Front Row
Virginia-Lynchburg at Presbyterian 1:00pm ESPN+
Southern Utah at 13 Utah 1:30pm P12N
Bucknell at VMI 1:30pm ESPN+
Michigan Tech at St. Thomas 2:00pm TommieSports.com
Missouri S&T at Drake 2:00pm ESPN3
Western Michigan at Ball State 2:00pm ESPN+
Dayton at Youngstown State 2:00pm ESPN+
Lafayette at Temple 2:00pm ESPN+
Marshall at 8 Notre Dame 2:30pm NBC/Peacock
Morehead State at Montana State 3:00pm ESPN+
South Dakota at Montana 3:00pm ESPN+
Maryland at Charlotte 3:30pm Stadium
Washington State at 19 Wisconsin 3:30pm FOX
24 Tennessee at 17 Pitt 3:30pm ABC
Appalachian State at 6 Texas A&M 3:30pm ESPN2
Colorado at Air Force 3:30pm CBS
Furman at 5 Clemson 3:30pm ACCN
Memphis at Navy 3:30pm CBSSN
North Carolina A&T at North Dakota State 3:30pm ABC ND/ESPN+
Kennesaw State at Cincinnati 3:30pm ESPN+
25 Houston at Texas Tech 4:00pm FS1
Virginia at Illinois 4:00pm ESPNU
Samford at 2 Georgia 4:00pm SECN
Portland State at Washington 4:00pm P12N Washington
Northern Iowa at North Dakota 4:00pm ESPN+
Northern Colorado at Wyoming 4:00pm MWN
Middle Tennessee at Colorado State 4:00pm MWN
Iowa State at Iowa 4:00pm BTN
Indiana State at Purdue 4:00pm BTN
Norfolk State at James Madison 4:00pm ESPN3
Eastern Kentucky at Bowling Green 4:00pm ESPN3
Akron at 14 Michigan State 4:00pm BTN
MVSU at Austin Peay 4:00pm ESPN+
SC State at Bethune-Cookman 4:00pm ESPN+
ETSU at The Citadel 4:00pm Nexstar
Wagner at Rutgers 4:00pm BTN
UNLV at California 4:00pm P12N Bay Area
San Diego at Cal Poly 5:00pm ESPN+
Lehigh at Georgetown 5:00pm ESPN+
Alabama State at UCLA 5:00pm P12N
UIW at Nevada 5:30pm NSN
Saint Francis U. at Richmond 5:30pm NBCS WA / FloSports
Holy Cross at Buffalo 6:00pm ESPN+
Rhode Island at Bryant 6:00pm ESPN+
Tuskegee at Hampton 6:00pm FloSports
Campbell at William & Mary 6:00pm FloSports
UAB at Liberty 6:00pm ESPN+
Louisiana Christian at Stetson 6:00pm ESPN+
Sacred Heart at CCSU 6:00pm ESPN3
Winston-Salem State at NC Central 6:00pm ESPN+
Taylor at Butler 6:00pm FloSports
Old Dominion at East Carolina 6:00pm ESPN+
Elon at Wofford 6:00pm ESPN+
Kansas at West Virginia 6:00pm ESPN+
Southeastern La. at Florida Atlantic 6:00pm ESPN3
Albany State at Florida A&M 6:00pm HBCU Go
Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina 6:00pm ESPN+
Robert Morris at Miami (Ohio) 6:00pm ESPN3
Delaware State at Delaware 6:00pm FloSports
FIU at Texas State 7:00pm ESPN+
North American at UAPB 7:00pm UAPB SN
New Hampshire at UAlbany 7:00pm FloSports
Alcorn State at Tulane 7:00pm ESPN+
Chattanooga at Eastern Illinois 7:00pm ESPN+
Eastern Michigan at Louisiana 7:00pm NFLN
Southeast Missouri at Southern Illinois 7:00pm ESPN3/+
Lamar at SMU 7:00pm ESPN+
NIU at Tulsa 7:00pm ESPN+
Barton at Davidson 7:00pm Davidson All-Access
Stephen F. Austin at Louisiana Tech 7:00pm ESPN3
UC Davis at South Dakota State 7:00pm MidcoSN/ESPN+
UMass at Toledo 7:00pm ESPN+
Western Carolina at Georgia Tech 7:00pm ACCNX/ESPN+
Assumption at Merrimack 7:00pm NEC Front Row
Central Arkansas at 22 Ole Miss 7:00pm SECN+/ESPN+
UVA Wise at North Alabama 7:00pm ESPN+
Howard at USF 7:00pm ESPN+
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State (in Memphis, TN) 7:00pm TV TBA
Weber State at Utah State 7:00pm MWN
Syracuse at UConn 7:00pm CBSSN
Lindenwood at Houston Baptist 7:00pm ESPN+
Northwestern State vs. Grambling State (in Shreveport, LA) 7:00pm HBCULP+
Alabama A&M at Troy 7:00pm ESPN3
Kent State at 7 Oklahoma 7:00pm ESPN+
Morgan State at Towson 7:00pm MPT/FloSports
Northern Arizona at Sam Houston 7:00pm ESPN+
Jacksonville State at Murray State 7:00pm ESPN+
20 Kentucky at 12 Florida 7:00pm ESPN
Texas A&M-Commerce at Tennessee Tech 7:00pm ESPN+
Valparaiso at Illinois State 7:30pm MSN/ESPN+
San Jose State at Auburn 7:30pm ESPNU
McNeese at Rice 7:30pm ESPN3
Georgia Southern at Nebraska 7:30pm FS1
Arizona State at 11 Oklahoma State 7:30pm ESPN2
Southern at LSU 7:30pm SECN
10 USC at Stanford 7:30pm ABC
Texas Southern at North Texas 7:30pm ESPN3
Tarleton State at TCU 8:00pm ESPN+
Nicholls at ULM 8:00pm ESPN3
Boston College at Virginia Tech 8:00pm ACCN
Hawaii at 4 Michigan 8:00pm BTN
Idaho at Indiana 8:00pm BTN
Prairie View A&M at Abilene Christian 8:00pm ESPN+
Idaho State at San Diego State 8:00pm MWN
Eastern Washington at Oregon 8:30pm P12N
Chadron State at Utah Tech 9:00pm ESPN+
New Mexico State at UTEP 9:00pm ESPN+
9 Baylor at 21 BYU 10:15pm ESPN
Oregon State at Fresno State 10:30pm CBSSN
Mississippi State at Arizona 11:00pm FS1

 BACK TO THE BUCKEYES. Ohio State is favored by 43.5 points over Arkansas State on Saturday. According to Odds Shark and Orri Benatar of WDTN in Dayton, that point spread is the ninth to exceed 40 points since 2013.

Here is a look at the eight previous times the Buckeyes have been significant favorites against their opponents (from highest to lowest):

  1.  Ohio State (-52) at Rutgers (Nov. 16, 2019) – Buckeyes won 56-21
  2.  Ohio State (-51) vs. Florida A&M (Sept. 21, 2013) – Buckeyes won 76-0
  3.  Ohio State (-48) vs. Akron (Sept. 25, 2021) – Buckeyes won 59-7
  4.  Ohio State (-42.5) vs. Maryland (Nov. 9, 2019) – Buckeyes won 73-14
  5.  Ohio State (-42.5) vs. Hawaii (Sept. 12, 2015) – Buckeyes won 38-0
  6.  Ohio State (-41) vs. Illinois (Nov. 18, 2017) – Buckeyes won 52-14
  7.  Ohio State (-40.5) vs. UNLV (Sept. 23, 2017) – Buckeyes won 54-21
  8.  Ohio State (-40) vs. Oregon State (Sept. 1, 2018) – Buckeyes won 77-31

The 43.5 points favoring Ohio State is the fourth-highest for the program since 2013. In the previous eight instances of the Buckeyes being favored by more than 40 points, they covered that spread 50 percent of the time, making the team’s chances of covering on Saturday a coin flip.

 MY PICKS. I’ve decided to share some of my totally solid insider knowledge on college football with you. Yes, I have studied all the tapes for these teams and all of my predictions will be correct, except when they aren’t. 2022 RECORD: 1-2

  • No. 10 USC at Stanford (+8.5) – USC has lost a game like this pretty much every season since Pete Carroll left for the Seahawks. Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams are in Los Angeles now, which means the Trojans could be a force in the Pac-12. However, Stanford has some talent with Tanner McKee and E.J. Smith, son of NFL legend Emmitt Smith, coming out of the backfield. I like the Cardinal to cover here.
  • No. 1 Alabama (-20) at Texas – I’ll admit that I had high hopes for Quinn Ewers’ future as a Buckeye. How could I not? He was a perfectly-rated recruit. Still, I’m afraid the Texan with a mullet is in for a rude awakening this weekend. Will Anderson Jr. is about to put Ewers in the dirt several times on Saturday and the Crimson Tide will win convincingly, leaving Alabama fans with a CFP resume builder to brag about for the rest of 2022.
  • Appalachian State (+19) at Texas A&M – Did anyone watch that Appalachian State game last weekend? The Mountaineers scored 40 points in one quarter and cleared 60 points against North Carolina. Meanwhile, the Aggies needed a handful of explosive offensive plays to beat Sam Houston. This game will be close if Texas A&M can’t generate offense, which I think is entirely possible. I’ll take App State to cover in this one.

 ITHE RED WOLVES’ DOSSIER. We had a full week of coverage at Eleven Warriors to preview Ohio State’s Week 2 matchup with Arkansas State. Here is everything you need to know about how the Buckeyes are preparing for the Red Wolves:

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