Ohio State Buckeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds
In an interesting but meaningless Big Ten game 10-0 Ohio State, ineligible to win the conference title, visits Madison to take on 7-3 Wisconsin Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, ABC/ESPN2).
In the early betting the Badgers, who will represent the Leaders Division in the upcoming Big Ten championship game, were favored by two points over the Buckeyes, who are 6-0 in conference play.
Betting Line: Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Buckeyes listed as 2.5-point underdogs earlier this week at . Meanwhile, the over under line was unavaiilable earlier in the week.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Badgers rated this week at No. 20 and the Buckeyes sitting at No. 61. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 44-40 result in favor of the Buckeyes this week.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wisconsin's No. 59-ranked offense (29.5 PPG) against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 41 at 23.9 PPG. The Badgers passing attack has averaged 166.8 yards per game, less than the Buckeyes give up through the air (259.7 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Buckeyes feature the league's No. 1-rated road run defense, allowing 65 yards per game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, ranks No. 54 in rushing offense at home.
Ohio State was a 52-22 winner in their most recent outing at home against Illinois. They covered the 25-point spread as favorites, while the total score (74) made winners of OVER bettors. Carlos Hyde ran through the Illinois defense for 137 yards in Ohio State's last game, handing the Fighting Illini a 52-22 setback on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Last time out for Wisconsin, they were a 62-14 winner as they battled Indiana on the road. Wisconsin covered in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 76 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Indiana was unable to contain Montee Ball in its last action Saturday and the result was a 62-14 Week 11 loss against the Badgers.
Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing in November are 7-3
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 7-3
Wisconsin Badgers Trends:
When playing in November are 9-1
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 8-2
A few Buckeyes at Badgers trends to consider:
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 5 games on the road
Ohio State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Wisconsin
Wisconsin is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wisconsin's last 5 games when playing at home against Ohio State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wisconsin's last 7 games
Ohio State home to Michigan, Saturday, November 24
Wisconsin at Penn State, Saturday, November 24