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Tony Gerdeman: Ohio State 59, Buffalo 14

The Buckeyes will start quickly, and finish the same way. Braxton Miller will lead the team to a handful of touchdown drives, and Kenny Guiton will close with a couple as well. Defensively, Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence will finally get to show fans what Urban Meyer and Mike Vrabel have been talking about.

Rob Ogden: Ohio State 52, Buffalo 13

You've heard of the Running of the Bulls? This one's going to be 'running over the Bulls'.

Patrick Murphy: Ohio State 65, Buffalo 9

Urban Meyer said this week that he was not happy with the slow start last season, so expect the Buckeyes to come out of the gates quickly and prove a point in this opening game.

Kirk Barton: Ohio State 74, Buffalo 0

An angry, confident team shows up Saturday. The offensive line decimates Buffalo's hybrid 4i/Bear scheme. The defense, led by Noah Spence, will get after the QB. Dontre will become the new most popular name for family pets, surpassing Woody.

Brandon Castel: Ohio State 56, Buffalo 10

Yes, it's the exact same score as Urban Meyer's very first game with the Buckeyes, but this one won't be filled with nearly as many nervous moments as last season's opener against Miami. Even without Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith and Bradley Roby, the Buckeyes will score early and often against the hapless Bulls.

John Porentas:   Ohio State 45, Buffalo  20.

The OSU defense will struggle a little allowing Buffalo to possess the ball some. That and only that will limit OSU’s scoring.  

I also predict that a competition will evolve between Kirk Barton and Tony Gerdeman to see who can make the funniest weekly prediction. The dual will be settled in a winner-take-all drinking contest in a dive bar, and Gerdeman will win. Barton will then smoke a congratulatory cigar. Yeah Kirk, we got your number.

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