Game Day Skull Session: Get Dumped Then, Toledo

It’s time for Toledo to get dumped.

I’ll be honest. It’s Week 3, and I don’t know where the phrase “Get dumped then, [insert school]” came from. Apparently, it originated with DJ Byrnes and then was picked up by Kevin Harrish. Once I stepped into the Skull Session writer role, I only continued the title because people seemed to be fond of it.

All the longtime Eleven Warriors readers need to tell me what it means and why it’s important for another football program to be dumped by the Buckeyes. That’s not to say any change is coming – it will always remain a foundational part of the title – but I wish to know the origin.

As for this game on Saturday, Ohio State and Toledo will be entertaining to watch. I am higher on the Rockets than most, and I think Jason Candle will have his team ready to face the Buckeyes. I’m not putting Ryan Day and company on upset watch, but I believe Ohio State will need to be firing on all cylinders if it wants to cover the spread.

Don’t be surprised if Toledo hangs around for the first half and keeps things close. However, I expect the outcome to be similar to the game last week where Ohio State came out hot and heavy after the break and put Butch Jones the Red Wolves in a coffin. Day has been stellar at second-half adjustments during his tenure, and I don’t expect that to change this week.

Give me the Buckeyes to win this one, 45-17, behind strong performances from the usual suspects; C.J. Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson, Mike Hall and Tommy Eichenberg. Heck, maybe add an interception from the secondary or a strip-sack from the defensive line. It’s time for Ohio State to assert its dominance and remind Ohioans why it’s the alpha dog in the Buckeye state.

 TODAY’S MENU. There are some good college football games on the broadcast schedule this weekend. I’ve bolded the ones I am most interested in, but feel free to look at the entire menu to see the best options available.

Matchup Time (ET) TV/Mobile
Wofford at Virginia Tech 11:00am ACCN
Cincinnati vs. Miami (Ohio) (in Cincinnati, OH) 12:00pm ESPNU
UConn at 4 Michigan 12:00pm ABC
Youngstown State at 9 Kentucky 12:00pm SECN
WKU at Indiana 12:00pm BTN
Texas State at 17 Baylor 12:00pm FS1
Southern Illinois at Northwestern 12:00pm BTN
Purdue at Syracuse 12:00pm ESPN2
6 Oklahoma at Nebraska 12:00pm FOX
Richmond at Lehigh 12:00pm ESPN+
Sacred Heart at Morgan State 12:00pm ESPN+
LIU at Kent State 12:00pm ESPN3
Villanova at Army 12:00pm CBSSN
1 Georgia at South Carolina 12:00pm ESPN
Abilene Christian at Missouri 12:00pm SECN+/ESPN+
Bryant at Brown 12:30pm ESPN+
Montana at Indiana State 1:00pm ESPN+
Georgetown at Monmouth 1:00pm FloSports
Buffalo at Coastal Carolina 1:00pm ESPN+
Bucknell at Central Michigan 1:00pm ESPN3
Colgate at Penn 1:00pm ESPN+
Delaware at Rhode Island 1:00pm FloSports
UAlbany at Fordham 1:00pm ESPN+
Kentucky State at Dayton 1:00pm Facebook
Towson at West Virginia 1:00pm ESPN+
Princeton at Stetson 1:00pm ESPN+
Valparaiso at Dartmouth 1:30pm ESPN+
Cornell at VMI 1:30pm ESPN+
Ohio at Iowa State 2:00pm ESPN+
Old Dominion at Virginia 2:00pm ACCN
Cal Poly at South Dakota 2:00pm ESPN+
Rutgers at Temple 2:00pm ESPN+
South Alabama at UCLA 2:00pm P12N
Yale at Holy Cross 2:00pm ESPN+
Murray State at Ball State 2:00pm ESPN+
Virginia-Lynchburg at Delaware State 2:00pm ESPN+
Hampton at Norfolk State 2:00pm ESPN+
Grambling State at Jackson State 2:00pm ESPN3
California at Notre Dame 2:30pm NBC/Peacock
Central Arkansas at Idaho State 3:00pm ESPN+
Morehouse vs. Howard (in East Rutherford, NJ) 3:00pm CNBC/Peacock
Nicholls at Southeast Missouri 3:00pm ESPN+
Austin Peay at Alabama A&M 3:00pm YouTube
Drake at Idaho 3:00pm ESPN+
Tulane at Kansas State 3:00pm ESPN+
North Texas at UNLV 3:00pm SSSEN/MWN
22 Penn State at Auburn 3:30pm CBS
20 Ole Miss at Georgia Tech 3:30pm ABC
Georgia Southern at UAB 3:30pm Stadium
Stony Brook at UMass 3:30pm ESPN3
William & Mary at Lafayette 3:30pm ESPN+
Presbyterian at Western Carolina 3:30pm ESPN+
New Mexico State at Wisconsin 3:30pm BTN
Vanderbilt at NIU 3:30pm CBSSN
Colorado at Minnesota 3:30pm ESPN2
Troy at Appalachian State 3:30pm ESPN+
12 BYU at 25 Oregon 3:30pm FOX
Southern Utah at Western Illinois 4:00pm ESPN+
ULM at 2 Alabama 4:00pm SECN
UT Martin at Boise State 4:00pm FS1
Saint Francis U. at Wagner 4:00pm NEC Front Row
Kansas at Houston 4:00pm ESPNU
North Dakota at Northern Arizona 4:00pm ESPN+
Liberty at 19 Wake Forest 5:00pm ACCN
Marshall at Bowling Green 5:00pm NFLN
Southern vs. Texas Southern (in Arlington, TX) 5:00pm HBCU Go
Sacramento State at Northern Iowa 5:00pm ESPN+
Colorado State at Washington State 5:00pm P12N
Kentucky Christian at Morehead State 6:00pm ESPN+
North Alabama at Chattanooga 6:00pm ESPN+
Campbell at East Carolina 6:00pm ESPN+
Mississippi State at LSU 6:00pm ESPN
The Citadel at Mercer 6:00pm Nexstar/ESPN+
North Carolina A&T at Duke 6:00pm ACCNX/ESPN+
NC Central at New Hampshire 6:00pm FloSports
Gardner-Webb at Elon 6:00pm My48/FloSports
Charleston Sou. at Eastern Kentucky 6:00pm ESPN+
Columbia at Marist 6:00pm ESPN3
Samford at Tennessee Tech 7:00pm ESPN+
Toledo at 3 Ohio State 7:00pm FOX
St. Andrews at Davidson 7:00pm Davidson All-Access
Keiser at Lindenwood 7:00pm ESPN+
UAPB at 8 Oklahoma State 7:00pm ESPN+
Butler at South Dakota State 7:00pm MidcoSN/ESPN+
Charlotte at Georgia State 7:00pm ESPN+
Texas Tech at 16 NC State 7:00pm ESPN2
Tennessee State at Middle Tennessee 7:00pm ESPN+
Northern Colorado at Lamar 7:00pm ESPN+
Missouri State at 10 Arkansas 7:00pm SECN+/ESPN+
Delta State at MVSU 7:00pm YouTube
UIW at Prairie View A&M 7:00pm ESPN+
Eastern New Mexico at Tarleton State 7:00pm ESPN+
Texas A&M-Commerce at Sam Houston 7:00pm ESPN+
Akron at 24 Tennessee 7:00pm SECN+/ESPN+
CCSU at Southeastern La. 7:00pm ESPN+
Northwestern State at Southern Miss 7:00pm ESPN3
Arkansas State at Memphis 7:00pm ESPN+
Jacksonville State at Tulsa 7:00pm ESPN+
USF at 18 Florida 7:30pm SECN
SMU at Maryland 7:30pm FS1
23 Pitt at Western Michigan 7:30pm ESPNU
Nevada at Iowa 7:30pm BTN
Maine at Boston College 7:30pm RSN/ESPN3
Louisiana at Rice 7:30pm ESPN+
Furman at ETSU 7:30pm ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at Illinois State 7:30pm MSN
11 Michigan State at Washington 7:30pm ABC
UCF at Florida Atlantic 7:30pm CBSSN
Utah Tech at Weber State 8:00pm ESPN+
Alcorn State at McNeese 8:00pm ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at 5 Clemson 8:00pm ACCN
Montana State at Oregon State 8:00pm P12N
UTEP at New Mexico 8:00pm MWN
UTSA at 21 Texas 8:00pm LHN
13 Miami (FL) at 24 Texas A&M 9:00pm ESPN
San Diego State at 14 Utah 10:00pm ESPN2
San Diego at UC Davis 10:00pm ESPN+
Fresno State at 7 USC 10:30pm FOX
North Dakota State at Arizona 11:00pm FS1
Eastern Michigan at Arizona State 11:00pm P12N
Duquesne at Hawaii 11:59pm Spectrum PPV

 BACK TO THE BUCKEYES. Ohio State is undefeated (49-0-1, with a tie to Wooster in 1924) in its last 50 games against in-state opponents. The last loss? When Oberlin took down the Buckeyes, 7-6, in 1921. Prior to that matchup, Ohio State had outscored Oberlin, 211-0, in the previous three matchups.

It was an upset at the time, and it would be an upset on Saturday or likely at any point in the future if Toledo or another in-state opponent defeated Ohio State. It doesn’t happen. Like, ever. The Buckeyes are the No. 1 college football program in Ohio, and it’s not close.

 MY PICKS. If for some reason you decided to place real money based on my college football money line predictions, I apologize. Right now, you would probably be in the hole. But that’s why there’s another week for me to help break even and possibly even make a profit. Live a little, am I right?! 2022 RECORD: 2-4

  • California (+12) at Notre Dame – I don’t need to explain much about why 12 points provide way too much love for a team that’s 0-2 and suffered a loss to Marshall at home last week. Notre Dame has backup quarterback Drew Pyne as its starting signal-caller now, and I think he’ll lead the Irish offense to some points in a winning effort. But it won’t be a pretty one. Give me the Bears to cover in a close loss.
  • Michigan State (+3) at Washington – I think this line is flat-out disrespectful to the Spartans and offers a significant amount of credence to Michael Penix Jr. and the Huskies’ 2-0 start. Even if Michigan State doesn’t win the game, I think Mel Tucker will have his team prepared to take it down to the wire and lose a close one. I’ll take Sparty to cover, and I even like them to win this one outright because the Big Ten always trumps the Pac-12.
  • BYU (+3.5) at Oregon – One of these teams beat then-No. 17 Baylor by two field goals in Week 2. The other lost to then-No. 3 Georgia by 46 points. Is Georgia better than Baylor? Absolutely. Is Oregon four points better than BYU? Not a chance. I understand the Ducks will have home-field advantage in Eugene, but I like the Cougars to cover in this one and win it outright.

 THE ROCKETS DOSSIER. We had a full week of coverage leading up to Ohio State’s matchup with Toledo. Here is everything you need to know before the Buckeyes and Rockets face each other on Saturday night:

 SONG OF THE DAY. “Rocket Man” by Elton John.

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