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College Football Betting Line Favors the Ohio State FaveNick over the Navy Midshipmen

Ohio State Buckeyes

vs

Navy Midshipmen
Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:00 PM ET
M & T Bank Stadium

Ohio State sits at No. 5 in the preseason AP Top 25, but they're going to have to really work to keep that ranking this season as they open up against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon without starting quarterback Braxton Miller.

Miller is out for the season after suffering a serious shoulder injury, leaving the Buckeyes without their Heisman Trophy contender and hurting their chances of making it into the inaugural College Football Playoff. Ohio State went 12-2 SU and 10-4 on the OVER/UNDER last season.

The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Navy's last 11 games at home and they are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall. The line moved down six points after Braxton Miller's injury, but has been bet up again by OSU backers.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Navy Midshipmen Opening Odds and Betting Line

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Navy Midshipmen as 19.5-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest.

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Computer Prediction: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Navy Midshipmen Pick

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 50-38 result in favor of the Buckeyes on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs Navy Midshipmen Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Navy battles the Ohio State Buckeyes, currently with a 12-2 mark (7-7 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 5-8 for the Midshipmen and 10-4 for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Navy vs Ohio State injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Navy Midshipmen at No. 68 and the Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 15 heading into this contest.

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How Ohio State Buckeyes vs Navy Midshipmen Stats Matchup

The game also pits Navy's No. 35-ranked offense, averaging 33.54 PPG, against a Ohio State defense that ranks No. 28 this week at 22.64 PPG. The Navy aerial game is averaging 85.92 yards per game, less than the Ohio State Buckeyes secondary allows through the air, 268 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Ohio State Buckeyes feature the league's No. 10-rated road run defense, allowing 100.25 yards per game. Navy, meanwhile, ranks No. 12 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Ohio State was a 40-35 loser in their most recent outing at home against Clemson. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (75) made winners of OVER bettors. Carlos Hyde went over the 100-yard mark (113) in his team's latest effort, but Clemson still defeated Ohio State by a score of 40-35.

In their last action, Navy was a 24-6 winner at home against Middle Tennessee. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (30) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Midshipmen grabbed a Armed Forces Bowl victory over the Blue Raiders in their last game, winning 24-6 at Amon Carter Stadium.

Next Betting Matchups

Ohio State home to Virginia Tech, Saturday, September 6th
Navy at Temple, Saturday, September 6th