|ESPN College Football Week 12 Odds & Spread: Ohio State vs. Illinois|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:00|
Ohio State vs. Illinois Odds
Ohio State is 9-0 overall, 5-0 in the Big Ten, 3-0 on the road and 6-2-1 against the spread. Illinois is 3-6 overall, 0-5 in the Big Ten, 3-3 at home and 4-5 against the spread. Ohio State has won eight of its last nine against Illinois.
Trends show that the Buckeyes are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 meetings with Illinois, and the two teams have hit the under in 4 of their last 5 meetings.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Ohio State is the clear favorite on the road, as the Buckeyes have odds of -32 points against Illinois on Saturday. The over/under total for the game has been set at 68.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Ohio State favored by 33 points. The spread slowly fell back to 32. The over/under total hasn’t changed since opening at 68.5 points.
Ohio State is coming off a 56-0 win at Purdue last week. The Buckeyes are now 21-0 under Urban Meyer, but still fighting to get the No. 2 spot in the BCS standings due to a weak schedule. The Buckeyes are averaging 48.2 points per game on offense while allowing 17 points per game on defense. Braxton Miller has thrown for 1,316 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 410 yards and two scores. Carlos Hyde has led Ohio State on the ground with 701 yards and seven scores.
Illinois is coming off a 52-35 loss to Indiana last week. The Illini have now dropped five straight, giving up at least 39 points in four of the five losses. Illinois is averaging 29.7 points per game on offense, while the defense is allowing 34.7 points per contest. Nathan Scheelhaase has thrown for 2,420 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead the offense this year. Josh Ferguson has 485 rushing yards with four scores while Steve Hull has 28 receptions for 564 yards and three scores.
In terms of Injuries, Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis (undisclosed) is listed as questionable for this game on Saturday. Illinois defensive lineman Vontrell Williams (foot) is also listed as questionable.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Ohio State, as the Buckeyes are getting 73% of the wagers with odds of -32 points at Illinois on Saturday.