Prediction time: Ohio State

Two of college football’s most storied programs meet for the first time Saturday at The Horseshoe in Columbus.

Army is a 31-point underdog to No. 8 Ohio State.

The bad mood theory: The Buckeyes are coming off a 31-16 home loss to Oklahoma. Ohio State has not lost back-to-back games since the 2013 Big Ten Championship game and the Orange Bowl. You have to go back to September 1990 to find the last time Ohio State dropped consecutive home games to USC and Illinois, both ranked teams.

Army (2-0) is riding a five-game winning streak and seeking its first win over an Associated Press Top 25 team since 1972 when it defeated Air Force 17-14.

The last time Army played a Big Ten Conference team on the road, the Black Knights were a 26.5-point underdog at Penn State. Penn State held off Army 20-14 and the Black Knights fumbled seven times and played without starting quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw.

“We think we have a much better team now than we did back then,” said senior linebacker Alex Aukerman, one of seven Army players who started in the Penn State game. “We’ve already equaled the win total from that year.”

Sal Interdonato (Times Herald-Record Army football beat writer): Ohio State 27, Army 14. The Black Knights will need to play near perfect Р long touchdown-scoring drives, no turnovers, no dumb penalties, no special teams blunders, sure tackling and no Ohio State big plays. Going to stick with my predictions on Q&As and radio spots.
Josh Conklin (Times Herald-Record Army football photographer): Army 28, Ohio State 24. J.T. Barrett and Ohio State haven’t looked so good to start the year and the Army defense hasn’t given up a point in the second half this season.

Predictions from around the college football universe
Pete Fiutak (College Football News):
Ohio State 44, Army 14.
Chip Minnich (Athlon Sports): Ohio State 56, Army 7
Dave Jablonski (Dayton Daily News): Ohio State 40, Army 10
Eleven Warriors (Ohio State): Ohio State 45, Army 13

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