Ohio State Buckeyes College Football Betting
It’s been a little more than a decade since Illinois last beat Ohio State. The Fighting Illini have largely been the worst team in the Big Ten outside of Rutgers, but they have shown signs of life under Lovie Smith. Illinois is coming off a big win over Nebraska in Lincoln last week, and the Illini have a chance to move to 3-3 with an upset over the Buckeyes on Saturday. That chance is pretty slim considering Ohio State Is favored by four touchdowns though.
The Illibuck Trophy will be on the line when Illinois hosts Ohio State on Saturday, November 28, at 12 p.m. ET on FS1.
Ohio State Buckeyes Weekly Odds
Ohio State Buckeyes -28
Illinois Fighting Illini +28
Ohio State Buckeyes Weekly Matchup
Justin Fields was one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy before his three-interception performance last week against Indiana. Fields has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation since coming to Columbus, so that outing was a big surprise given he only threw three picks in 354 attempts last year. He is still having a great year, completing almost 80 percent of his passes for 10.7 YPA with 13 touchdowns, and that has Ohio State poised to be one of the top three teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday.
Ohio State has two excellent receivers in Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. Wilson and Olave are responsible for nearly all of the Buckeyes’ receiving yards, combining to catch 57 passes for 902 yards and eight touchdowns in just four games.
The Buckeyes thrive in tandem at running back too, as Master Teague III and Trey Sermon have split the workload. Teague and Sermon are both averaging 5.2 YPC, but this offensive line has had some issues, leading to the mobile Fields being sacked 12 times.
Illinois is ranked 80th in defensive SP+. This defense is allowing 32 PPG and 448.2 YPG, so Ohio State shouldn’t have much trouble getting to at least 40 points.
Former Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters has played serviceably for the Illini. Peters played his first game since the season opener last week against Nebraska, and he didn’t disappoint in completing 72 percent of his passes for 8.2 YPA.
The strength of Illinois’ offense is the run game. The Illini are averaging 5.1 YPC, and the three leading rushers on this team have combined to average 6.0 YPC. Peters has moved the chains effectively too, running for 7.4 YPC.
If Ohio State struggles to stop the run against Illinois, it could be a long day for the Buckeyes on defense. This secondary is allowing 7.8 YPA and 290.2 YPG through the air, and the defensive backs haven’t been that sharp. The front seven has largely been solid though, allowing 3.5 YPC for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State Buckeyes Weekly Recap
The Buckeyes received their toughest test yet this season when they took on the Indiana Hoosiers last week. Ohio State seemed to have the game in hand after going up 35-7 early in the third quarter, but Indiana wasn’t done. Michael Penix Jr. threw four touchdown passes in a little over 15 minutes to bring the Hoosiers within seven points with 10 minutes to go in the game, but the Buckeyes defense finally held at that point.
Penix put up monster numbers, completing 27 of 51 passes for 491 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. His performance was needed to keep Indiana close considering the Hoosiers ended the afternoon with negative rushing yards. Ty Fryfogle had a massive day with seven receptions for 218 yards and three touchdowns.
Indiana was able to keep the score close due to Ohio State miscues. The Hoosiers allowed over 600 yards of offense, but Fields threw three interceptions. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns outside of that, while Master Teague III was a big part of the Buckeyes running for 307 yards and three touchdowns.
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