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September 20, 2013

Staff Predictions: Florida A&M

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The Buckeyes will close out their non-conference schedule against Division I-FCS opponent Florida A&M on Saturday. We have seen a handful of major teams fall to foes from the other subdivision, none of our pickers see the Buckeyes getting upset on Saturday, or do they?


Kevin Noon - Publisher
I really believe that Ohio State could score as many points as it wants to in this game and Urban Meyer has never been shy about putting points on the board so they are going to score a lot. Braxton Miller 'should' be good to go for this game but I expect to see both quarterbacks play meaningful minutes and this will also mark the return of Carlos Hyde, even if he doesn't get his chance until after the 1st quarter. The Buckeyes will stay very vanilla in the offense but don't really have to worry about getting exotic against a Division I-FCS team that is coming just for a 900K payday and a chance to play in one of the cathedrals of college foobtall. Ohio State 70 Florida A&M 6

Patrick Maks - Staff Writer
I heard on the radio Thursday that Florida A&M might be the worst team to ever make its way inside Ohio Stadium. While I'm not absolutely positive that true, Ohio State deserves every point of its 50-point spread. With or without Braxton Miller, the Buckeyes should make extremely easy work of a Rattlers squad simply overmatched. This won't be a game. It's a glorified scrimmage. Urban Meyer and company are smart not to overlook FAMU but, in reality, the talent differential between these two teams is painfully obvious. The Buckeyes' defensive line will control this game and the rest will follow suit. Expect the offense -- with Miller or Kenny Guiton -- to put on a show. Ohio State 63 Florida A&M 7

Andrew Holleran - Staff Writer
Ohio State opened the week as a 57-point favorite against Florida A&M. The last time the Buckeyes won by that many points was in 1996, when the Buckeyes embarrassed Pittsburgh, 72-0. I don't expect Ohio State to replicate that type of performance and beat the spread, but they'll win extremely easily. The debate this week, and going forward, is who will start at quarterback. It won't matter who's behind center this week. Ohio State's offense, with Carlos Hyde back, should be able to march up and down the field Saturday with little stoppage. A couple forced turnovers by the defense, maybe even a pick-six or fumble returned for a touchdown, can be expected, too. Ohio State 63 Florida A&M 10

Marc Givler - Recruiting Analyst
The Ohio State offense is coming off an outstanding performance thanks to the play of back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton. The Buckeyes rolled up over 600 yards of offense last week and while there are still some questions as to who will get the start at QB on Saturday, that shouldn't much matter as this FAMU team is simply over-matched on both sides of the ball. Ohio State 63 Florida A&M 10

Andy McLachlan - Team Writer
When I heard a school named Florida A&M was playing the Buckeyes, I got super stoked. I mean, two powerhouses in the Horseshoe. Gameday would obviously come, right? Then I was informed that the Florida Gators and the Texas A&M Aggies did not consolidate into one team and that the Rattlers from Florida A&M have been around since 1907...who knew? While Joe Taylor and his squad collects a nice paycheck on Saturday, the Buckeyes will have a little bit of drama to deal with. How much will Braxton Miller play? Will he play as well as Kenny Guiton? Will more two year old's send recruiting videos to coach Meyer? Hopefully we'll have these answers on Saturday. Ohio State 70 Florida A&M 7

Tom Levenick - Time and Change Contributor/Former Player
The Buckeyes return to "The Shoe" Saturday for their first meeting with Florida A&M. The Buckeyes are favored by 51 points and after reviewing FAMU, I understand why. After three games the Rattlers QB, Damien fleming is completing less that 50% of his passes, has a touchdown to interception ratio of 2/5 and has thrown for a total of 385 passing yards in three games. The leading rusher for FAMU, Omari Albert, has a total of 85 yards rushing also after three games. Defensively, FAMU has given up 1,023 yds against very mediocre opponents and also have given up an average of 21 points per game versus their offense scoring a mere 18 points per game. The Bucks will once again roll offensively with Braxton Miller getting back into his form as well as Carlos Hyde playing "lights out" to earn his job back and prove the point that he is truly a great running back. I have a hard time predicting that the Buckeyes will win by 50 points or more, but in this case, the only thing that will hold the Buckeyes back will be the fact that they may be looking forward to Wisconsin next week. Ohio State 59 Florida A&M 3

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