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NCAA Betting: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats

NCAA betting action features a reality check opportunity for the upstart Wildcats as they host the Buckeyes, a perennial NCAA sports betting favorite.
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NCAA betting fans have been let down time and again by Ohio State, who is just 2-6 against the NCAA odds despite having a straight up record of 7-2.  Northwestern, on the other hand, is also 7-2 straight up and a break even 4-4 against the NCAA odds.

Northwestern has, however, beaten the NCAA sports betting odds in three of their last five games while going under the NCAA betting total in four of their last six games.

Last week the Wildcats literally stole one at Minnesota as they broke a 17-17 tie by running back an interception for a touchdown in the game’s final moments, beating the NCAA sports betting odds as 7.5-point dogs.

Ohio State had the week off to lick their wounds after a 6-13 home loss to Penn State as they failed to cover the NCAA sports betting line as 1.5-point dogs.  Ohio State has proven the lack of value of NCAA betting “public” or “name brand” teams that everyone loves to flock to, regardless of true NCAA betting value.

The NCAA betting lines are usually inflated with Ohio State because of their national following and respect.  This is the ultimate explanation for their mirror opposite records straight up and against the NCAA betting lines.

Northwestern, on the other hand, can often provide a solid value against the NCAA betting lines as they are often a team that the public will go against, particularly against a perceived powerhouse like Ohio State.

One area of NCAA betting strength for Ohio State has been their performance on the road as the Buckeyes have beaten the NCAA betting lines in thirteen of their last seventeen road trips.

Northwestern has beaten the NCAA betting line in just one of their last five games against Ohio State but its worth noting that the Wildcats are 7-2 straight up in their last nine home games.

Ohio State has totally destroyed Northwestern the past three seasons by scores of 58-7 last year, 54-10 in 2006, and 48-7 in 2005, covering the NCAA betting line with ease each time.

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