Kickoff from Spartan Stadium is set for 3:30 ET, and can be seen nationally on ABC. According to Buckeyes Captain, Sr. LB James Laurinaitis, after his team defeated Purdue 16-3 in West Lafayette last Saturday, “The offense came up and said, ‘We owe you”.
OSU’s defense was all over the field, holding the Boilermakers to only 70 yards rushing, while also causing two turnovers. #12 (6-1 SU, 1-5 ATS) Ohio State jumped on the board first when Malcolm Jenkins blocked a Purdue punt, and Etienne Sabino returned it 20-yards for OSU’s only touchdown of the afternoon.
Sr. K Ryan Pretorius drilled two of three field goals, and Jr. Aaron Pettrey knocked down a 49-yard triple of his own, while QB Terrelle Pryor finally looked like a true freshman, connecting on 10-of-14 passes for 97 yards.
Despite the victory, Ohio State once again let down its college football betting Buckeye backers, failing to beat the NCAA odds for the fifth time this season. Good, bad or ugly, though, OSU improved to 3-0 in the Big Ten, and Boiler-One-Upped Purdue for the 12th time in its last 14 meetings.
Everyone knows that turnovers can make or break a ballgame; for proof, just ask Northwestern’s Sr. RB Tyrell Sutton. The #20 (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) Spartans handed NU its first loss of the season last week in Evanston, 37-20, but some could claim that MSU had the game after jumping out to an early 17-0 lead in the first quarter.
Sutton was blunt after the game, saying, “In the Big Ten, you can’t spot a team 17 points and expect to win”. The Spartans pleased NCAA football gamblers by causing three Northwestern turnovers, and balancing their scoring with two touchdowns a piece from QB Brian Hoyer, and Heisman candidate RB Javon Ringer.
Last Saturday’s victory also improved Michigan State’s Big Ten record to 3-0, while covering the college football betting line for the fourth time in ‘08.
“Michigan Week” comes early for Ohio State as the Bucks have to get by the Spartans in East Lansing to stay unbeaten in the conference and keep their BCS hopes alive; OSU is favored by 3-points with the total sitting at 41.
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