|2013 College Football Week 1 Odds & Totals: Buffalo vs. Ohio State|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:00|
Buffalo vs. Ohio State Odds
Buffalo is coming off a 4-8 record last season and the Bulls were 5-6-1 against the spread. Ohio State was 12-0 overall and 7-5 against the spread. This is the first meeting between these two teams.
Trends show that Ohio State is 5-1 against the spread in its last 6 games against Mid-American Conference opponents and 21-10 ATS in its last 31 home games. Buffalo is just 3-7 against the spread in its last 10 road games and 3-9 ATS in its last 12 non-conference games.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Ohio State is the heavy favorite at home, as the Buckeyes have odds of -35 points against Buffalo. The over/under total for the game has been set at 56 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Ohio State favored by 36 points. The spread reached a peak of 37 points before falling back to 35. The over/under total for this game opened at 57 points, which was its high. The total hit a low of 55.5 points before climbing up to 56.
Ohio State couldn’t play for the national title last year as it served a one-year postseason ban by the NCAA. This season, Urban Meyer has 14 starters back from the unbeaten 2012 team. Leading the way will be quarterback Braxton Miller, who is an early Heisman favorite. Miller threw for 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 1,271 yards and 13 scores in 2012. Ohio State also has four starters back on the offensive line along with the team’s top two receivers. Carlos Hyde, the team’s top running back is back this season as well, but currently serving a suspension. The Ohio State defense allowed 22.8 points and 360 yards per game last season. The unit has only four starters back this year. The defense will be led by linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had 115 tackles with 12 tackles for loss last season.
Despite a 4-8 record a season ago, Buffalo has some high hopes this year due to 18 starters returning. The offense has nine starters back, including quarterback Joe Licata, who had 1,045 passing yards in split time last season. Receiver Alex Neutz is also back. He caught 65 passes for 1,015 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012. Defensively, Buffalo will be strong in the secondary, as it returns four starters from a group that allowed just 208 yards per game through the air. Senior cornerback Najja Johnson had a team-high five interceptions in 2012. Also back for Buffalo is linebacker Khalil Mack, who had 94 tackles and 8 sacks last season.
In terms of Injuries, Ohio State linebacker Curtis Grant is questionable with a concussion while tight end Blake Thomas is out with a neck injury. Buffalo receiver Cordero Dixon is questionable with a head injury while defensive back James Chambers is questionable with an arm injury.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Ohio State. The Buckeyes are getting 71% of the wagers with odds of -35 points against Buffalo on Saturday.