It's time to take a look at this week's match-ups, where we break down which team has an advantage on both sides of the running game, the passing game and in the trenches. Not only do we let you know who has the upper hand in each area, we rate it on a one-star to five-star level, with one start being a slight edge and five stars being an overwhelming advantage.
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Ohio St. QBs/WRs/TEs
The strength of the defense lies in the defensive backfield with the Zips running the 3-3-5 scheme. The whole unit is experienced and fast but it was Reggie Corner that was named MAC East Defensive player of the week after a four tackle and one big interception performance. Keep an eye on rover John Mackey as the senior will be called upon to fill many duties.
Receiver Brian Robiskie came out and had a terrific opener against Youngstown State with nine receptions and more than 150 receiving yards. Quarterback Todd Boeckman did a great job of spreading the ball around completing passes to nine different pass catchers. The Bucks will have an advantage against a short Akron secondary but don't think for a minute that the Zips will give away anything easily.
Ohio St. RBs
The linebackers often get overlooked for the Zips and last week it was Brion Stokes that was flying around the field. Stokes had six tackles including four for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. Middle linebacker Kevin Grant was also named a preseason all conference player and is the biggest of the backers at 6-foot-2, 245-pounds.
The running game was not what Buckeye fans were hoping for in week one with the Buckeyes picking up a very un-Buckeye like 147 net yards rushing. Freshman Brandon Saine made a big impact in his first action for Ohio State but it will ultimately come down to what Chris Wells and Maurice Wells can do. Look for the Buckeyes to come out and try and establish the run and work out some of the kinks before heading on the road the following week to the Pacific Northwest.