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Ohio State opens as a 14.5-point favorite over Wisconsin

Too much? Not enough? Just right?

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Northwestern David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Well, this coming Saturday’s Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers’ game sure looks different than it did 48 hours ago. While Ryan Day’s squad would almost certainly have been a decisive favorite anyway, because the Badgers fell to the Flighting Lovie Smiths of Illinois 25-24 on Saturday, OSU enters the 12 noon ET contest as more than a two-touchdown favorite.

The line, according to, is the second largest currently on the board for any Big Ten team behind only Minnesota who will be laying 15 points when they host Maryland on Saturday afternoon.

Check out the opening lines for some of Saturday’s biggest games:

Week 9 Opening Lines

Visitor Home Line
Visitor Home Line
Wisconsin Ohio State OSU -14.5
SMU Houston SMU -13
USC Colorado USC -11.5
Oklahoma Kansas State Oklahoma -21
Iowa Northwestern Iowa -9.5
App State South Alabama App State -25.5
Miami Pittsburgh Pittsburgh -3.5
San Jose State Army Army -9.5
Mississippi State Texas A&M Texas A&M -11.5
Illinois Purdue Purdue -8
Liberty Rutgers Liberty -7
Ohio Ball State Ball State -3
Auburn LSU LSU -11
Penn State Michigan State PSU -6.5
Texas TCU Texas -1.5
Maryland Minnesota Minnesota -15
Florida Atlantic Old Dominion FAU -14.5
Virginia Louisville Virginia -3
Oklahoma State Iowa State Iowa State -7.5
Tulane Navy Navy -3.5
Miami (OH) Kent State Kent State -2
Duke North Carolina North Carolina -3.5
South Carolina Tennessee South Carolina -3.5
Arkansas Alabama Alabama -34
Texas Tech Kansas Texas Tech -4.5
UCF Temple UCF -9
Boston College Clemson Clemson -34.5
Notre Dame Michigan Michigan -1.5
Arizona State UCLA Arizona State -3
Missouri Kentucky Missouri -9.5
Cal Utah Utah -17.5
Utah State Air Force Air Force -2.5
Washington State Oregon Oregon -14

I understand that betting lines are often set in order to draw the type of action that the oddsmakers are looking for, but for me, I am certainly taking the Buckeyes laying the two touchdowns+, heck, I probably would have taken the Buckeyes if they were laying three touchdowns+.


At OSU -14.5, who are you taking?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Badgers: They’re gonna be angry after last week.
    (24 votes)
  • 84%
    Buckeyes: Their anger’s not enough to make a difference.
    (132 votes)
156 votes total Vote Now