Ohio State vs. California Odds
Ohio State is 2-0 on the season, 1-1 against the spread and playing in its road opener. California is 1-1 on the season, 1-1 at home and 0-2 against the spread. Ohio State beat Cal last year at home, 35-28.
Trends show that Ohio State is 8-2-1 against the spread in its last 11 games against Pac-12 opponents. Cal is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in its last 5 home games.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Ohio State is the favorite on the road, as the Buckeyes have odds of -15.5 points against Cal. The over/under total for the game has been set at 66 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Ohio State favored by 14.5 points. The spread hit a peak of 16 points before falling back to 15.5. The over/under total opened at 64.5 points. It hit a peak of 66.5 points before moving back to 66.
Ohio State is off to a 2-0 start, outscoring opponents 82-27 through two weeks. The Buckeyes are averaging 452 yards per game thus far. Braxton Miller has thrown for 208 yards and two touchdowns this season while rushing for 82 yards. He is questionable for this game due to a knee injury suffered last week. Kenny Guiton will play if Miller can’t. He has 173 passing yards and three touchdowns. Jordan Hall has rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Cal is coming off a 37-30 win over Portland State last week following a 44-30 loss at home to Northwestern in the opener. The Bears are moving the ball well through the air, averaging 472.5 yards per game, which ranks No. 1 in the nation. Quarterback Jared Goff has thrown for 935 yards and four touchdowns on the season. There are four Cal receivers that have over 100 receiving yards on the season as well.
In terms of Injuries, Ohio State safety C.J. Barnett is questionable due to an ankle injury while offensive lineman Corey Linsley is questionable with a foot injury. Cal defensive back Adrian Lee is questionable with an ankle injury while linebacker Brennan Scarlett is questionable with a hand injury.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Ohio State, as the Buckeyes are getting 76% of the wagers with odds of -15.5 points against Cal.