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First, both teams, which are 1-0, have even bigger games the following week. The Rockets, in perhaps the biggest game ever played at their Glass Bowl, host No. 4 Boise State on Sept. 16 in a nationally televised game. The Buckeyes take their talents to South Beach to play Miami on Sept. 17 in a showdown of two NCAA-scarred programs.

Second, both feature two-quarterback attacks. Austin Dantin and Terrance Owens split time for Toledo, with Joe Bauserman and Braxton Miller sharing the snaps at Ohio State.

The Rockets like to stretch the field vertically, going deep to open things up underneath and with the running game. The Buckeyes prefer to control things in the trenches and pick their spots to throw the ball.

Although four Ohio State players (last year’s top rusher Dan Herron, top returning receiver DeVier Posey, starting left tackle Mike Adams and backup defensive lineman Solomon Thomas) are out, the Buckeyes welcome back four players who were suspended for the 42-0 victory over Akron in the opener (running back Jordan Hall, defensive backs Travis Howard and Corey Brown and linebacker Jordan Whiting).

As with any battle, there are some people caught in the middle.

Jack Mewhort, who’ll start at left guard for the Buckeyes, is a Toledo native who grew up going to the Rockets’ games with his family.

He’s pretty sure what would happen if Ohio State were to finally lose to an in-state rival.

“I probably wouldn’t hear the end of it _ just from my family members back in Toledo,” he said.


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