Every fan likes to watch a blow-out and see their Ohio State Buckeyes put up an obscene number of points against an overmatched FCS team, but the players aren’t too pleased with this week’s matchup against Florida A&M University. Numerous players mentioned that they would much rather face a top-ten team or at least a team of some competition. This preview for the Buckeye’s week four steam rolling won’t leave any OSU fans nervous for Saturday’s game. But the game will be important for the Buckeyes in a few ways, such as the return of some key players.
After sitting out last week’s clash with California due to a knee injury, star quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to return and start this weekend. Getting Braxton back and in the flow of a game is probably the most important goal for the coaching staff this weekend. Backup Kenny Guiton played extremely well in his place, but no quarterback in the country can compare with Miller’s athleticism and talent. But if you’re fretting about not getting to see Kenny G chuck the pigskin, no need to worry! Barring a catastrophic mishap, the Buckeye’s will be so far ahead in Saturday’s game that the starters will be pulled and the backups will get their time to shine.
Also returning for Ohio State will be lead running back Carlos Hyde. Hyde was suspended the first three games of the year due to an offseason charge. Hyde led the Buckeyes backs in carries and yards last season, while his seventeen touchdowns were among the best in the NCAA. In his place, Jordan Hall has played stupendous ball so far, garnering 407 yards and six touchdowns. If Hall can keep up that level of play, Hyde and Hall could become one of the top backfield duos in the country.
Even with the absence of Miller and Hyde, the Buckeye’s have averaged 44.7 points per game. This weekend’s matchup certainly won’t show us their complete talents, but it should help prepare everyone for a big game versus Wisconsin the following week. The Wisconsin game opens conference play, as Ohio State begins their work towards a Big Ten championship.
Florida A&M, on the other hand, has no championship aspirations. The word championship is probably not even in their vocabulary. FAMU comes into the game with a 1-2 record, falling to Tennessee State and Samford. The Rattlers will be playing fearlessly this weekend, which could account for some excitement, but nothing to worry about.
The coaches have stressed playing hard this week, making sure the players don’t just toss away this game. Coach Mike Vrabel stressed playing tough Ohio State football while Guiton talked about playing for perfection, no matter who it’s against.
A 60-point thrashing wouldn’t be very surprising, look for a big stat-padding game for the Buckeye’s stars and their backups. No need for any Buckeye fan to be Rattled about this one.