| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 | OREGON DUCKS VS. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

The Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Ohio Stadium.

Oddsmakers opened the Buckeyes as -12.5-point favorites versus the Ducks, while the game's total opened at 63.5.

Ohio State was a 45-31 winner in its last match on the road against Golden Gophers. They earned a push of the -14-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 76 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Oregon won its last outing, a 31-24 result against Bulldogs on September 04. Oregon failed to cover in that game as a -18-point favorite, while the 55 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Oregon:

Team record: 1-0 SU,0-1 ATS

Oregon is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games

Oregon is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oregon's last 5 games

Ohio State:

Team record: 1-0 SU,0-0-1 ATS

Ohio State is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games

Ohio State is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ohio State's last 7 games

Next up:

Oregon home to Stony Brook Saturday, September 18

Ohio State home to Tulsa Saturday, September 18

The Ohio State Buckeyes will play in their first home game of 2021 on Saturday when the Oregon Ducks come to visit. The kickoff is at noon and the gameday atmosphere should be electric with a packed ‘Shoe. The Buckeyes defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers last Thursday, just nipping the spread 45-31 by taking control of the game in the second half.

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Who will win? Experts make predictions for Ohio State vs. Oregon

Ohio State 45, Oregon 27

These are not Marcus Mariota's Ducks, and a defense that is unlikely to have star Kayvon Thibodeaux at full strength probably won't be able to slow down the Buckeyes enough. Oregon needed three Fresno State turnovers to prevail in its opener. Assuming Ohio State doesn't do the same and its defense makes some progress from a so-so opener, the Buckeyes should win fairly comfortably.

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Last time these two teams played, they both made the College Football Playoffs and met in the National Championship. That matchup (like each matchup between the Buckeyes and Ducks) ended with Ohio State winning. This year, both teams managed to get the win against lesser opponents, which ultimately is what each school was hoping to do.

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KEY INJURIES

Oregon Injuries

Kayvon Thibodeaux DE 9/7 Ankle QUESTIONABLE Thibodeaux exited the previous game due to a left ankle sprain, and it is up in the air if he will be available against Ohio State on Saturday.

Dru Mathis LB 9/7 Knee OUT Mathis is bothered by a knee injury, and he will not be available for Saturday's clash with Ohio State.

Troy Franklin WR 9/6 Undisclosed PROBABLE Franklin is expected to line up against Ohio State on Saturday despite an undefined issue.

Patrick Herbert TE 9/5 Knee QUESTIONABLE Herbert missed the previous game due to a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will face Ohio State on Saturday.

Sean Dollars RB 9/5 Knee QUESTIONABLE Dollars missed the previous contest due to a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will take on Ohio State on Saturday.

Jaylen Smith DT 9/5 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Smith missed the previous game due to an injury to an unknown location, and it is undetermined if he will be available for Saturday's matchup versus Ohio State.

Jackson LaDuke LB 9/5 Leg QUESTIONABLE LaDuke missed the previous game due to a leg injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field for Saturday's showdown versus Ohio State.

Bram Walden OL 9/5 Leg QUESTIONABLE Walden missed the previous contest due to a leg injury, leaving his availability against Ohio State on Saturday clouded.

DJ James CB 9/5 Suspension OUT James has been handed a suspension due to an off-field incident, and he is eligible to return against Ohio State on Saturday.

Jamal Hill S 9/5 Suspension OUT Hill is serving a one-game suspension for an off-field incident, and he will be eligible to return against Ohio State on Saturday.

JJ Greenfield S 8/20 Suspension OUT Greenfield is sidelined while serving an indefinite suspension for his role in an off-field incident.

Ohio State Injuries

Sevyn Banks CB 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Banks sat out the previous contest due to an unknown injury, and it has yet to be established if he will be active for Saturday's clash versus Oregon.

Harry Miller OL 9/8 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Miller missed the last contest with an undefined injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face Oregon on Saturday.

Cameron Brown CB 9/5 Undisclosed QUESTIONABLE Brown missed the previous game with an unknown issue, and it is unclear if he will line up against Oregon on Saturday.

Tyler Friday DE 8/31 Knee OUT Friday is expected to miss the 2021 season due to an ACL injury.

Jaylen Johnson S 8/17 Knee OUT Johnson suffered a torn ACL and will be sidelined for the entire 2021 season.

Marcus Hooker S 8/17 Suspension OUT Hooker is serving a suspension for an off-field incident, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

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