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Fighting Illini vs Buckeyes Betting Matchup Report

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Oct 15, 3:30 PM | Turf of Memorial Stadium

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds

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The Fighting Illini will do battle with the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.

Backers of the Fighting Illini have seen them go 6-0 and 3-3 ATS so far this season, while the Buckeyes are at 3-3 and 3-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Buckeyes are 2-4, while the Fighting Illini are 3-3.

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Betting Line: Several shops tracked by OddsShark set the point spread at 5.5 in favor of the home side. NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Fighting Illini sit at No. 8 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Buckeyes are at No. 79 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Fighting Illini will win this game 40-30.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois's No. 31-ranked offense, averaging 34.7 PPG, against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 17 this week at 17.8 PPG. The Fighting Illini aerial game is averaging 221.5 yards per game, more than the Buckeyes secondary allows through the air, 191.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Buckeyes own the league's No. 111-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 236 yards per game when on the road. Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 29 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Ohio State was a 34-27 loser in its last match on the road against Nebraska. They covered the 10.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 61 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Illinois won its last outing, a 41-20 result against Indiana on October 8. Illinois covered in that game as a 14-point favorite, while the 61 combined points took the game OVER the total.

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 7-3

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing in October are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Buckeyes at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Ohio State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Illinois
Ohio State is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Ohio State's last 9 games
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 7 games when playing Ohio State
Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Ohio State home to Wisconsin, Saturday, October 29
Illinois at Purdue, Saturday, October 22

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