College Football Betting Prediction
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Indiana Hoosiers
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, August 31, 2017
Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Indiana
Betting Line: Ohio State -21, Total 56
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State is a championship contender once again, but that is no surprise with Urban Meyer still coaching the Buckeyes. The team has an elite front seven, but QB J.T. Barrett needs to make strides as a passer.
|Ohio State Buckeyes||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015||2016||6-Years|
|VS. CONFERENCE ATS||4–4||6–2||3–5||5–4||4–4||3–6||25–25|
|AS FAVORITE ATS||2–5||5–5||6–7||6–5||6–7||6–7||31–36|
|AS UNDERDOG ATS||4–2||2–0||0–0||4–0||0–0||0–0||10–2|
Indiana has a very good D, and that is headlined by a rock solid secondary. The team does, however, need to find a way to run the football. That has been IU’s strength in the past, but not last year.
|VS. CONFERENCE ATS||4–4||4–4||3–5||2–5||4–4||4–5||21–27|
|AS FAVORITE ATS||1–2||2–2||3–3||2–3||4–3||2–4||14–17|
|AS UNDERDOG ATS||5–4||4–4||2–4||2–4||2–3||4–3||19–22|
Ohio State vs Indiana Betting Analysis
The Hoosiers reached a bowl game last year on a breakout season. However, the program took a hit when Kevin Wilson was fired as Indiana’s coach after the season amid reports of mistreatment of players. He was immediately hired as the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Think about that. He was too mean for Indiana players but he isn’t for Ohio State players. Are the Hoosiers going to come out wearing pink hats? They might as well if they aren’t going to play physical football against Ohio State.
The new coach is Tom Allen, who was the defensive coordinator last year. He is a top defensive coordinator but I have to wonder how hard he will push his players if he has to worry about one wuss complaining and getting him fired. The Hoosiers do return nine starters on defense and that includes all the key players in the secondary.
Ohio State vs Indiana Prediction
If the Hoosiers had kept Wilson as the head coach I would be on them in this one. Some people wonder why some programs never become top bowl contenders even with a decent budget. The college administration is the usual reason. What do I expect in this game? That Wilson knows the talent on Indiana and he knows the game plan. I have Ohio State taking on Indiana with a power running game. They will just lineup and pound them for 3 quarters and then take the deep shots in the fourth quarter. Indiana just does not have the offense to keep up and will get buried late. 21 points is a lot but I like the Buckeyes to cover and I have no action on the total.
Buckeys vs Hoosiers Pick: Ohio State -21