NCAA football betting expectations continue to grow for undefeated Ohio State while Illinois will be trying for the biggest upset of the college football betting season so far.
Kickofff Saturday from Illinois’ Memorial Stadium is set for noon Eastern and Sports-gambling opened with Ohio State as an 18 point favorite.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have a college football gambling record of 4-0 both straight up and against the spread and will be playing their first road game of the season after spending September in the friendly confines of the famed Horseshoe.
Ohio State is coming off a 73-20 destruction of Eastern Michigan as 44.5 point favorites to make handicappers wonder if there is a line too big for the mighty Buckeyes to cover. Ohio State ranks 8th overall for total offense and 3rd in the country for scoring while the defense ranks 5th overall and 20th for points allowed.
Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor is making a strong case for the Heisman Trophy as he has completed 66% of his passes for 939 yards and a 10/2 touchdown to interception ratio while also leading the team in rushing with 269 yards, a 6.3 yards per carry average, and 3 touchdowns.
The Fighting Illini of Illinois have a record of 2-1 both straight up and against the spread. Illinois is coming off a 28-22 win over Northern Illinois in which they failed to cover as 7 point NCAA football gambling favorites. The Illini have gone over the total in 2 out of 3 games this season.
Illinois has struggled badly on offense as they rank 75th overall and an even worse 112th in passing. The defense ranks a respectable 27th for points allowed.
New starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has been up and down while he learns the ropes but is second on the team in rushing behind Mikel LeShoure, who is averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
Ohio State has covered the last 2 NCAA football betting matchups in this head to head series with 4 out of the last 6 meetings going under the total. The Illini have brought home the bacon in 3 out of their last 4 home games against Ohio State.