Kickoff from the Horseshoe in Columbus is set for Noon Eastern, and can be seen on the Big Ten Network. After a 42-39 loss at the hands of Florida Atlantic in 2007, Minnesota was out to prove that their Sun Belt opponents came away with nothing more than a fluke victory a season ago.
Sure enough, the Gophers scored early and often in the rematch, while their defense forced four Owls interceptions in a 37-3 beat-down in week-four at the Metrodome. The three-point output was the lowest total allowed by Minnesota since a 62-0 shutout of Temple back in 2006.
College football betting fans take note: the Gophers have a 13:2 turnover ratio through their first four games, and have not allowed more than 140-yards on the ground in any contest this season. As for the offense, Minnesota collected 441-total-yards against FAU, including 235 through the air with a TD, thanks to sophomore QB Adam Weber.
Also, the Gophers tacked on 14-points in the final quarter to win their second straight of the season against the NCAA Odds. Ohio State desperately needed a convincing win in week-four to quiet all of the left-over discussion from USC's 35-3 rout of the Buckeyes on September 13th.
The Bucks did come away with a 28-10 victory over Troy last Saturday at “The Shoe”, but plenty of questions remained unanswered about OSU's 2008 campaign. Luckily for college football betting followers and Buckeyes' head coach, Jim Tressel, at least one problem was solved last week: Ohio State's starting quarterback.
For the first time in 30-years, a true freshman started under center for the Bucks, and Terrelle Pryor didn't disappoint after completing 10-of-16 passes for 139-yards and four TDs. Even with the lopsided win, OSU failed to cover the college football betting line for the third consecutive week.
Perhaps with a healthy Beanie Wells come Saturday, Ohio State can gain its first win ATS. 100,000-plus will be on hand Saturday afternoon as the Buckeyes and Gophers do battle to begin their Big Ten schedules; Ohio State currently sits as a 17.5-point favorite with a game ‘total’ of 46.
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