4. The Buckeyes will have the advantage in a familiar venue.
An interesting note about this game is that it’s technically taking place at a neutral site. This game will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Though it’s still in Texas where TCU resides, this location may actually favor the Buckeyes more than some may think.
Buckeye fans may recall the significance of AT&T Stadium to the Buckeyes. This stadium was the site where the Buckeyes dismantled the Oregon Ducks in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship in 2015. The most recent Buckeye victory at this site was just last season. The Buckeyes took down the PAC-12 champion USC Trojans in the Cotton Bowl 24-7.
The Buckeyes will look to go 2-0 in Texas in 2018. Considering AT&T Stadium can seat an upwards of 100,000 people (which is about twice as much as the Horn Frogs’ home stadium), this will more than likely favor the Buckeyes. The Buckeye faithful travels very well as many opposing Big Ten teams have long realized. Teams try to fill their stadiums with home fans before the Buckeye fans can snatch up the seats but mostly to no avail.
The Buckeyes have one of the largest fan bases in college football let alone any other sport. The large size of AT&T Stadium will allow for Buckeye fans all over the nation to fit in. The Horned Frogs’ fan base is not nearly as large so for this to be away from their home stadium where they could usually fill it with their own fans now puts them at a disadvantage.
This game may be in Texas but the venue is owned by the Buckeyes in spirit. The Horned Frogs will make it work for their fans but that won’t take out the likelihood that they’ll be in minority. Expect to hear the O-H-I-O loud and clear as the Buckeyes assert their dominance in AT&T Stadium once again.