UAB Blazers vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes, 3-0 under new Coach Meyer, get a chance to pad that to 4-0 when they host the Blazers of Alabama-Birmingham Saturday afternoon (noon ET Big Ten Network).
The Buckeyes, who just won a tough one at home against Cal, are favored by 37.5 points over the 0-2 Blazers, who just lost to South Carolina 49-6.
Betting Line: The Buckeyes were listed as 36-point favorites at sportsbooks on the opening college football line.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Buckeyes at No. 45 and the Blazers at No. 98 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 53-4 result in favor of the Buckeyes.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ohio State's No. 20-ranked offense (40.7 PPG) against a Blazers defense that ranks No. 123 at 44 PPG. The Buckeyes passing attack has averaged 216 yards per game, less than the Blazers give up through the air (256.5 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Blazers feature the league's No. 59-rated road run defense, allowing 179 yards per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, ranks No. 37 in rushing offense at home.
UAB was a 49-6 loser in its last match on the road against South Carolina. They failed to cover the 33-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 55 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. UAB didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Gamecocks as South Carolina blasted them 49-6 in Week 3 action.
Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 35-28 winner as they battled California at home. Ohio State failed to cover in the match as a 16.5-point favorite, while 63 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Last time out, California could not slow down Devin Smith, who managed 145 receiving yards in the Buckeyes 35-28 victory over the Golden Bears Saturday.
UAB Blazers Trends:
When playing in September are 1-9
When playing on turf are 3-7
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing outside the conference are 1-9
Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing in September are 9-1
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 8-2
A few Blazers at Buckeyes trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of UAB's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 5 games on the road
UAB is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
UAB is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games
Ohio State is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Ohio State is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ohio State's last 9 games
Ohio State is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
UAB home to Tulsa, Saturday, September 29
Ohio State at Michigan State, Saturday, September 29