Illinois vs. Ohio State Odds
Ohio State is 9-0 on the year, 5-0 in the Big Ten and 6-0 at home. Illinois is 2-6 overall, 0-4 in the Big Ten and 0-3 on the road. The Buckeyes are 4-5 against the spread this season while the Illini are 2-6 ATS. Ohio State has won its last four against Illinois.
Trends show that Ohio State is just 1-4 against the spread in its last 5 home games and 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games following a win. Illinois is 0-4 against the spread in its last 4 road games and 0-5 ATS in its last 5 Big Ten contests.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Ohio State is the clear favorite at home in this game, as the Buckeyes are getting odds of -27.5 points against Illinois. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 51.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Ohio State favored by 24.5 points. The spread never got lower than that and is at its peak with Ohio State -27.5 points.
Ohio State is coming off a hard-fought 35-23 win over Penn State last week. The Buckeyes have had their last 3 wins come by a margin of 12 points or less. Ohio State is averaging 38.6 points per game this season on offense while the defense is holding teams to 24.1 points per game. Quarterback Braxton Miller is leading the offense this year as he has thrown for 1,527 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 1,093 yards and 12 scores.
Illinois is coming off a 31-17 loss to Indiana last week. The Illini are currently on a 5-game losing streak, with 14 points being the smallest margin of defeat. Illinois is scoring just 18 points per game this season on offense while the defense is giving up an average of 30.8 points per game. The offense has been led by quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who has thrown for just 839 yards and four touchdowns in limited action due to injuries.
In terms of Injuries, Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino is doubtful with a leg injury while running back Jordan Hall is out with a knee injury. Illinois running back Josh Ferguson is questionable with a hip injury while defensive back Steve Hill is questionable with a shoulder injury.
The Public Bets for this game are backing Ohio State. The Buckeyes are getting 78% of the wagers with odds of -27.5 points against Illinois on Saturday.