Nebraska @ Ohio State College Football Week 10 Picks
This is an immense NCAA football betting line given the fact that both teams are expected to contend in their respective Big Ten divisions. It is a testament to the respect that the betting public is giving to Urban Meyer, but it is also a sign of the perceived gap in quality between the Big Ten West and the Big Ten East. After all, Iowa made it through the regular season undefeated last year and still lacked real respect going into the Big Ten title game, which they promptly lost to Michigan State after playing tough all the way down the stretch.
How To Bet The Cornhuskers @ Buckeyes NCAA Football Odds, TV & Game Info
Why should you bet on Nebraska?
Nebraska did average 447 yards of offense per game last season, and starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong returns for his senior year, along with eight other offensive starters. The key for him will be leading a more efficient passing attack. He does have the top nine pass catchers from last year back, including WR Jordan Westerkamp and tailback Terrell Newby, so sending the ball down the field (quite a rarity from the Cornhuskers) could be a reality. The problem could be that offensive line, which has to replace three starters, and the running game, which doesn’t feature a scary tailback. On defense, the Huskers can contain the Ohio State running game. However, if J.T. Barrett can find receivers open down the field, it could be a long night.
Why should you put your money on the Buckeyes?
Ohio State might have the best O-line in the Big Ten, thanks to Billy Price and Pat Elflein on the interior. There isn’t a star tailback, but they have a collection of speedy ball carriers, and J.T. Barrett certainly has the experience to lead a dynamic offense. If Curtis Samuel, Parris Campbell and the rest of a young receiving corps can conquer the learning curve, this should be a good season on offense — and last year the Buckeyes scored 35.7 points per game, and they should improve on that, especially in the clutch. By Week 10, a young Buckeye defense should be ready for the challenge of the Nebraska offense.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Ohio State to win at home — but I don’t see them winning by this much, given what Nebraska can do. I’m predicting a 24-17 Buckeye victory.