The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Ohio State Buckeyes meet on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Minnesota will be looking for their first road victory of the season, while Ohio looks to add another win to their impressive 6-0 record.
The game is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox Sports 1 is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox Sports 1. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox Sports 1 is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Fox Sports Go
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.
The two colleges have met 42 times as members of the Big Ten since 1965, and during that time, Minnesota have only won three times, including once at Ohio Stadium. Their last win was a 29-17 contest in 2000. Conversely, Ohio State has won ten straight games in the series and 26 of the last 27.
The biggest hurdle that Minnesota will have to overcome is Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins, a sophomore in his first season as a starter, is quickly establishing himself as one of the sport’s top Heisman Trophy contenders. He’s passed for a nation’s-best 25 touchdowns this season is averaging 319.8 passing yards per game, and is hitting 71.7 percent of his passes, which ranks seventh among FBS teams.
“His talent and his quick release and his accuracy has not [surprised me], but that is only a part of playing quarterback,” said Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. “He does a lot of work with set protections and directing traffic.” Haskins’ effectiveness has not been lost on Minnesota’s defensive coordinator Robb Smith, who talked to the Star Tribune about his game plan.
“No. 1, we’ve got to keep the ball in front of us,” Smith explained. “That’s a big part of what we’ve been focusing on this week. Ohio State’s going to do what Ohio State’s going to do. We’ve got to do what we want to do, and that’s eliminating the big plays. That will slow any offense down, whether it’s Ohio State, Iowa or whoever.” Head coach P.J. Fleck echoes Smith’s sentiments, telling the Star Tribune that they hope to throw off Haskins’ routine. “Apply pressure to him, disrupt his rhythm, which everyone tries to do, and he has thrown for 72 percent,” Fleck said. “So, it’s an enormous challenge.”
According to OddsShark, Ohio State are 29.5-point favorites to win over Minnesota. The defense for the latter squad has underperformed, and barring an off performance from Haskins, there will be little to exploit on Ohio State’s end.
Source: Heavy Sports