ABC College Football Game of the Week Odds: Ohio State vs. Northwestern Print
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Friday, 04 October 2013 12:00
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Ohio State vs. Northwestern Odds

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EVANSTON, IL (The Spread) – No. 16 Northwestern looks to make a big statement on Saturday when it hosts No. 4 Ohio State at 8PM ET on ABC.

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Northwestern is 4-0 on the season, 3-0 at home and 2-2 against the spread. Ohio State is 5-0 overall, 1-0 on the road and 3-1-1 against the spread. Ohio State has won four straight over Northwestern.

Trends show that Ohio State has covered the spread in its last 4 against Northwestern, but the home team is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 in this series. The two have hit the over in 4 of their last 5 meetings.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Ohio State is the favorite on the road, as the Buckeyes have odds of -7 points at Northwestern on Saturday night. The over/under total for the game has been set at 61 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Ohio State favored by 5.5 points. The spread was never lower than that, and is at its peak of Ohio State -7. The over/under total opened at 59 points and quickly made the climb up to 61, where it held from there.

Ohio State is 5-0 on the season thanks to a 31-24 win over Wisconsin at home last week. The Buckeyes have been an offensive power thus far, averaging 48.2 points and 501.2 yards per game. The defense is holding opponents to just 17 points per game. Braxton Miller missed a few games, but he still has thrown for 406 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 165 yards. Jordan Hall has rushed for 427 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Devin Smith caught 20 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns.

Northwestern is 4-0 this season thanks to a 35-21 win over Maine last week. The Wildcats have moved the ball well, averaging 41.3 points per game on offense, but the defense has been suspect, giving up 23.8 points per contest in a rather light schedule. Trevor Siemian has led the offense with 671 passing yards and four touchdowns, while Treyvon Green has rushed for 404 yards and five touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis (undisclosed) is questionable and safety Christian Bryant (ankle) will miss the rest of the season. Northwestern defensive lineman Sean McEvilly (lower body) is questionable for the game.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Ohio State, as the Buckeyes are getting 75% of the wagers with odds of -7 points at Northwestern on Saturday.

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