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College Football Betting Line Favors the Ohio State Buckeyes over the Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois Fighting Illini


Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, November 01, 2014 8:00 PM ET
Ohio Stadium

The 6-1 Ohio State Buckeyes will be heavy favorites when they take the field against Illinois on Saturday night. After blowing a 17-point halftime lead, the Buckeyes needed two touchdowns in OT to get past Penn State 31-24 for their fifth consecutive SU victory. However, the Buckeyes failed to cover for just the first time since a 35-21 upset loss to Virginia Tech in Week 2. Ohio State followed up that defeat by scoring at least 50 points in each of their next four games, pushing the OVER to 9-1 in their last 10 outings.

The Fighting Illini are coming off a big 28-24 upset victory over Minnesota, ending a three-game SU losing skid. The win was Illinois' second straight ATS and first SU in Big Ten conference play this season. But the Illini have been dominated in recent meetings by the Buckeyes, losing their last six SU to Ohio State, going 2-4 ATS.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes Opening Odds and Betting Line

Odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Ohio State Buckeyes as -28.5-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check 5Dimes for the latest on the over under).

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Computer Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes Pick

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 47-19 result in favor of the Buckeyes. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Ohio State bring a 6-1 record (5-2 ATS) to the Week 10 betting matchup against the 4-4 Illinois Fighting Illini, who are 3-5 ATS against the spread. Over under betting has seen Ohio State go 6-1 so far and the Fighting Illini go 5-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Ohio State vs Illinois injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 10-rated Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 94-rated Illinois Fighting Illini in this matchup.

How Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes Stats Matchup

The game also pits Ohio State's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 44.29 PPG, against a Illinois defense that ranks No. 106 this week at 34.38 PPG. The Ohio State aerial game is averaging 245.43 yards per game, more than the Illinois Fighting Illini secondary allows through the air, 216.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Illinois Fighting Illini feature the league's No. 128-rated road run defense, allowing 368 yards per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, ranks No. 15 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Fighting Illini grabbed a Week 9 victory over the Golden Gophers in their last game, winning 28-24 at Memorial Stadium.

Ezekiel Elliott tore up the turf for 109 rushing yards in the latest Buckeyes game, a 31-24 win over the Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Odds Trends

Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games
Illinois is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Ohio State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 5 games
Ohio State is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois home to Iowa, Saturday, November 15th
Ohio State at Michigan State, Saturday, November 8th