NCAA football odds still have Ohio State as a co-favorite to win the Big Ten title but they must forge an immediate turnaround with the NCAA betting lines.
Ohio State will host the Purdue Boilermakers Saturday with a noon kickoff on the Big Ten Network. Sports-Gambling opened with Ohio State as a 23 point favorite.
The Purdue Boilermakers are quietly emerging as a legitimate bowl contender. After losing their opening day game at Notre Dame 23-12 they have gone on to win 4 of the next 5 games and have covered their last 2 with the NCAA football odds including last week in a 28-17 payout over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
What is most ironic about Purdue is that they have a long tradition of great quarterbacks going all the way back to the 1950’s with Len Dawson but this year they are much more of a ground oriented team that ranks 27th in the country for rushing and 104th for passing.
Rob Henry leads the attack with 356 yards and a 5.6 yards per carry average while Dan Dierking is right behind with 353 yards and a 6.2 yards per carry average. The defense has been solid and ranks in the upper third of the country.
The Ohio State Buckeyes were clobbered at Wisconsin last week 21-18 as they spotted the Badgers as 21-0 lead and ran out of time. The game was no fluke as Wisconsin outgained Ohio State 336-311 and UW’s David Gilreath rank back the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.
Ohio State now has a NCAA football gambling record of 6-1 straight up and 5-2 against the spread with just 2 of their games going under the total. Ohio State ranks 9th for scoring offense and 14th for points allowed. Quarterback Terrell Pryor has completed 65% of his passes for 8.3 yards per attempt with a 15/4 touchdown/interception ratio.
Daniel Herron has 446 yards rushing with Pryor right behind with 410. Ohio State ranks 12th nationally against the rush, which does not bode well for Purdue.
Purdue has paid out in 5 out of their last 6 NCAA football wagering matchups with Ohio State.