College football betting expectations are through the roof for both teams as they are college football gambling favorites to win their respective leagues.
Sports-Gambling opened with Ohio State as a 9.5-point favorite. Kickoff is at 3:45 PM Eastern and the game can be seen on ESPN. Both teams are coming off impressive tune up wins in their respective season openers.
Miami is coming off a 45-0 blowout win over 1-AA Florida A&M last week. Junior quarterback Jacory Harris was razor sharp as he went 12-15 for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns. But a home game against Florida A&M is no comparison for a road trip to “The Shoe” where there will be 105,000 OSU fans loud and proud.
Miami head coach Randy Shannon has prepared for the crowd noise as Miami practiced 3 or 4 times in training camp using loudspeakers. “We played them (speakers) in tough situations where guys had to think and communicate,” said Shannon. “They did a great job.”
Miami has been a dangerous dog with the NCAA football betting lines as they have gone 14-6 against the spread in that role with 5 payouts in their last 6 games as a pup. The Canes were also 3-1 against the spread in non conference action last year.
The Ohio State Buckeyes looked like BCS championship materiel last week in their 45-7 blowout win over Marshall as 28-point chalks. Junior QB Terrelle Pryor was looking Heisman as he went 17-24 for 247 yards. Head coach Jim Tressel stressed there was plenty of room for improvement.
“There’s a whole bunch of things we have to do better if we have to compete at the next level,” said Tressel.
Pryor agreed with that sentiment saying that “I wouldn’t be too happy yet. Let’s see what we do next week. I’m looking forward to the chance to play Miami because I want to see how good we really are.” Ohio State beat the NCAA football betting odds in 4 out of 5 non conference games last year.
The last college football betting matchup between these teams was in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the BCS title that Ohio State won in controversial fashion 31-24 as 12-point dogs.