clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Final look at the betting odds for tonight’s Ohio State-Indiana game

Get your bets in now, friends.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 14 Ohio State at Indiana Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

After a week off, the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes return to the field as they travel to Bloomington, Ind. to face off against Tom Allen’s Indiana Hoosiers. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET (or thereabouts) on ABC.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Buckeyes are a 21-point favorite and the over/under is set at 60 points, and friends, if I were a betting man, I would be laying the points and probably avoiding the total, because I think it’s pretty spot on; especially with uncertainty around the Buckeye defense.

The Buckeyes lead the country in points per game with 48.5 while IU clocks in at 107th at 22.3 ppg; there’s your cover if everything plays out by the averages. Indiana is allowing 26.8 each time out, but has held their three Big Ten opponents —Iowa, Penn State, Michigan State — to 34, 24, and 20 respectively. Given how pathetic some of those offenses have looked against other opponents this season, I feel pretty good picking the Bucks to score at least in the mid-40s.

However, as the OSU defense has improved in recent weeks against sub-par offenses, it is distinctly possible that they could hold the Hoosiers to single digits tonight. Against those aforementioned B1G squads, IU has averaged just seven points per game (including a shutout against the Nits), and while I’m not 100% sure that the Buckeye defense is as good as those other units, I’m not not sure at this point.

So, even if C.J. Stroud and the OSU offense take care of business, I don’t know that I trust the Hoosiers to do enough to keep up their end of the scoring bargain.

Bill Connelly’s SP+ has Ohio State not covering and the game to go as an under, but we have been going on two+ years of SP+ undervaluing OSU’s scoring potential, so I feel pretty good taking the Buckeyes -21 tonight.

So, what bets are you putting down on this game? You taking or laying the points? You going over or under? Any props you’re picking up for tonight’s game? Let us know in the comments below.