ABC College Football Game of the Week Odds: Nebraska vs. Ohio State Print
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Nebraska vs. Ohio State Odds

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COLUMBUS, OH (The Spread) – No. 12 Ohio State hosts No. 21 Nebraska on Saturday in a key Big Ten battle at 8PM ET on ABC.

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Ohio State is 5-0 on the season, 1-0 in the Big Ten and 4-0 at home. Nebraska is 4-1 overall, 1-0 in conference play and 0-1 on the road. Nebraska is 3-2 against the spread this season while Ohio State is 2-3 ATS. Nebraska won last year’s meeting, 34-27.

Trends show that Nebraska is 1-5 against the spread in its last 6 games following a win. Ohio State is just 1-6 ATS in its last 7 home games but 43-18-1 ATS in their last 62 conference games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Ohio State is the slight favorite at home in this game, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -3.5 points against Nebraska. The over/under total for the game has been set at 57 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had Ohio State as a 5-point favorite. The spread didn’t get any higher than that and dipped as low as 3.5 points before closing at OSU -3.

Ohio State is coming off a gritty 17-16 win at Michigan State last week. It was the first road game and Big Ten game for the Buckeyes this season. The Ohio State defense is holding opponents to just 17 points per game thus far, while the offense is averaging 33.6 points per game. The team is being led by quarterback Braxton Miller, who has thrown for 933 yards and 8 TDs while rushing for 577 yards and seven scores.

Nebraska has won three straight since its 36-30 loss at UCLA. The Cornhuskers edged Wisconsin last week at home, 30-27. The Cornhuskers are holding opponents to 20.6 points per game this season, and the offense is scoring 44.8 points per game, which ranks 10th in the nation. The Cornhuskers have the fifth-best rushing attack in the nation at 305.8 yards per game. Quarterback Taylor Martinez has thrown for 1,059 yards and 11 TDs while rushing for 298 yards and three scores.

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In terms of Injuries, Nebraska receivers Tyler Wullenwaber (knee) and Tim Marlowe (collarbone) are both out for this game. Ohio State defensive end Michael Bennett is probable to play despite a groin injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Ohio State. The Buckeyes are getting 57% of the wagers with odds of -3.5 points against Nebraska on Saturday.

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