Ohio State vs. Indiana College Football Week 1 Betting Odds

Posted by Derrick Harper on July 19, 2017 in

In NCAA Football, the Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the Indiana Hoosiers on the final day of August. Both teams are part of the Big Ten, and will play a conference game to open the 2017 season. The Ohio State Buckeyes finished the 2017 season with an 11-2 record, and went 8-1 in Big Ten play. The Buckeyes are one of the projected favorites at the top of the Big Ten.

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The Indiana Hoosiers finished fourth in the Big Ten – East last season. Indiana went 6-7 on the season and won 4 out of 9 games in conference play. The Indiana Hoosiers are major underdogs in this game. Despite being at home, the Hoosiers are +21 against the Buckeyes of Ohio State on August 31st.

How To Bet on Ohio State vs. Indiana College Football Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Thursday August 31st, 2017; 7:00pm CT
Where: Memorial Stadium; Bloomington, IN
TV: ESPN
Radio: 97.1 The Fan (Ohio State) / 107.5 FM (Indiana)
Stream OptionWatchESPN
College Football Odds: Ohio State Buckeyes -21

Why Bet on Ohio State Buckeyes?

The Ohio State Buckeyes were dominant last season. Ohio State scored 512 points and allowed just 201. The Buckeyes won all 7 games they played at home, and went 4-1 on the road with a neutral site loss as well. Ohio State will welcome their quarterback J.T. Barrett back to the mix after passing for 24 touchdowns in 2016.

Ohio State will be really strong on the defensive side. Both Jerome Baker and Chris Worley were named to the Butkus Award watch list. The award is given to the nation’s top linebacker. Ohio State also are noted for a couple of the best offensive tackles, with Jamarco Jones and Billy Price.

The Hoosiers head into College Football Week 1 as underdogs in the betting lines.

Why Bet on Indiana Hoosiers?

The Indiana Hoosiers would love to pull off the shocker of the season in the first game of the season. The Hoosiers are at Virginia after this game, and then come back and host Florida International and Georgia Southern. Indiana took some bad news earlier this week with Simmie Cobbs Jr arrested for concert disruption.

Indiana is hoping for a big season from their junior quarterback Richard Lagow. Lagow threw for more than 3,300 and 19 touchdowns a season ago. The Hoosiers will look to replace Devine Redding, who had a great season a year ago with 7 touchdowns on the ground. Redding is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Expert Pick & Prediction

This game should be a pretty fun Big Ten opener. The Big Ten will showcase a couple fun teams on a Thursday night game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have a huge goal at the end of the season in mind. Look for Urban Meyer to have his team ready to play, but Indiana is going to hang around in this game.

The old adage – don’t let a bad team stick around. While they may not be bad, but Indiana is not a better team than Ohio State. The Hoosiers stick around and make it interesting, but in the end, Ohio State wins. The final bet is the Indiana Hoosiers +21 over the Ohio State Buckeyes in Week 1.