Ohio State owns a perfect 9-0 record all-time against the Ducks, including a win in the 2010 Rose Bowl Game and the 2015 CFP Championship.
Oregon squeaked past Fresno State, 31-24, in week one. The Ducks led 21-6 late in the first half before Fresno battled back to tie the game at 24-24. Senior quarterback Anthony Brown provided the heroics with a 30-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-two to give Oregon the lead and the victory. Despite the win, Brown expressed the need to be cleaner moving forward. The Ducks could be without All-American pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux, who left the game against Fresno State with a sprained ankle. Thibodeaux was a force when he played, tallying two tackles, a sack and forced fumble.
Despite the score from their season-opening win, Ohio State’s 45-31 win over Minnesota was less than commanding. The Buckeyes trailed at halftime, 14-10, but literally “ran away” in the second half. Ohio State scored five second half touchdowns of 38, 56, 32, 70, and 61 yards. Freshman quarterback CJ Stroud bounced back from a shaky first half to throw for 294 yards and four touchdowns. The Buckeyes defense is replacing a lot from their 2020 squad that advanced all the way to the CFP Championship Game, but stepped up in big moments during week one.
Ohio State is a heavy favorite in this game. The Buckeyes have only lost once at home in the last five seasons. The Ducks best chance to win is to continue to be disruptive on defense, as they forced four fumbles and tallied four sacks in week one.