- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tulsa (1-0) at No. 4 Ohio State (1-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Ohio State by 29.

Series Record: First meeting.


After a blowout win over Bowling Green, Ohio State gets another chance for its many young players to work out the jitters in front of a friendly crowd before traveling to Oklahoma next week. Tulsa, an American Athletic Conference team that is full of confidence after walloping San Jose State in its opener, tries to notch one of the biggest wins in program history. It should be another day at the office for surging Ohio State.


Tulsa’s defense vs. Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett. Other than his one interception early in the game, Barrett looked unstoppable last week. He’s a veteran who has a deep understanding of the Buckeyes offense. Tulsa has an experienced defense that held San Jose State to 53 yards on the ground. The Golden Hurricane D forced three turnovers, including an interception for a touchdown and a fumble recovered in the end zone.


Tulsa: RB D’Angelo Brewer. He carried 22 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns against San Joe State.

Ohio State: SAF Malik Hooker. A first time starter, Hooker intercepted two Bowling Green passes last week, including running clear across the field and out-jumping a receiver for a spectacular tip and grab.


Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery spent seven years at Baylor, including the final three years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In those last two seasons, Baylor led the nation in total offense and scoring offense. … Among the quarterbacks Montgomery tutored is 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, currently starting for the Cleveland Browns. … Tulsa is 1-6 all-time against Big Ten teams. … Tulsa has the smallest undergraduate enrollment of FBS schools with 3,473 students; Ohio State is the third largest with 55,508. … Current Tulsa co-defensive coordinator Bill Young was the defensive coordinator at Ohio State under John Cooper from 1988-95. Cooper was head coach at Tulsa from 1977-84.


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