Nebraska vs. Ohio State Prediction
The Big Ten continues its opening weekend in Columbus on Saturday when No. 5 Ohio State hosts Nebraska at 12:00 p.m. ET. With the Buckeyes laying 26.5 points and the total sitting at 68, what’s the best play in this conference matchup?
341 Nebraska Cornhuskers (+26.5) at 342 Ohio State Buckeyes (-26.5); o/u 68
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
12:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 24, 2020
Nebraska Cornhuskers Game Notes
Nebraska HC Scott Frost announced on Monday that junior QB Adrian Martinez will start Saturday's game at Ohio State. While Martinez (6'2/225) started each of the ten games that he was healthy for last season, HC Scott Frost had yet to release an official depth chart before announcing that the junior will be the team's starter Monday afternoon. Martinez, who was named a team captain for the second straight season, beat out redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey for the right to lead the Nebraska offense. In 2019 Martinez completed 59.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,956 yards and ten touchdowns with nine interceptions while also rushing for 626 yards and seven touchdowns on 144 carries.
Ohio State Buckeyes Game Notes
Ohio State HC Ryan Day said on Tuesday that he has yet to decide who will back up QB Justin Fields for Saturday's game vs. Nebraska. Redshirt senior QB Gunnar Hoak (6'4/215) is likely hoping that this undecided race goes better than the last that he was involved in, as Fields beat him out for the starting job ahead of the 2019 season. This time around Hoak is competing with freshmen C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller for the right to serve as Ohio State's backup signal-caller. Given his prior game experience at both Ohio State and Kentucky, the redshirt senior has the edge in that area.
Nebraska vs. Ohio State Betting Prediction
The Cornhuskers are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games versus the Buckeyes and are 1-4 against the number in their last five road games. They’re also 2-7 at the betting window in their last nine games overall and are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games played in October. On the other side, the Buckeyes are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games as a home favorite, are 9-3 against the number in their last 12 games as a favorite and are 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 home games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 BETTING PREDICTION: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES -26.5