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Week 11: Ohio State vs. Purdue Preview & Free Pick

Ohio State vs. Purdue

Last time Ohio State came to Purdue, they lost despite being 12 point favorites. The Buckeyes enter this one with a young team, but they are playing pretty well after a slow start to the season. Purdue is 0-4 on the road this year, but they are 4-1 at home.

Kyle Hunter

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The Boilers will look to get back on track with the help of their home crowd in this one.


Ross-Ade Stadium
Saturday November 12, 12:00 PM EST
NCAA Football Odds from TopBet
Moneyline: Ohio State (-285) Purdue (+245)
College Football Spread: Ohio State -7.5 (-110) Purdue +7.5 (-110)
Over/Under: 45

Ohio State lost three out of four games earlier this year, and it appeared the season was going to fall apart in no time. Coach Luke Fickell turned to Braxton Miller as the starting quarterback, and the team re-dedicated itself to the running game. The Buckeyes pulled a couple upsets over Illinois and Wisconsin, and then defeated Indiana at home last week. Ohio State hasn’t been throwing the football much at all, but they really haven’t needed to throw the ball. The offensive line is healthy and they are blocking very well. Dan Herron has been extremely impressive since returning from his suspension. Herron has 415 yards in just three games.

The Ohio State defense isn’t quite as dominating as they have been in the last couple years, but they are still very good. The Buckeyes come into this game ranked 16th in the nation in total defense. John Simon has emerged as a star on the defensive front, and Bradley Roby has stepped up in the secondary. Expect Ohio State to key in on the run this week.

Purdue was absolutely blasted in their last two games at Michigan and at Wisconsin. The Boilermakers offense has never really gotten going very well this year. The running game is pretty good, but the passing game has been very inconsistent. Caleb TerBush has seen most of the playing time at quarterback this year. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Antavian Edison, Justin Siller, and OJ Ross are all solid receivers, but Purdue is lacking a deep threat. The Boilermakers rely heavily on Ralph Bolden and Akeem Shavers in the running game. If Purdue is going to be successful this weekend, they’ll need to be able to run the football on Ohio State.

The Boilermakers defense lost its star from last year when Ryan Kerrigan graduated. Ricardo Allen leads a very talented Purdue secondary, but the front seven has struggled in the last few weeks. Purdue is giving up 191 yards per on the ground. Ohio State will test the Boilermakers run defense in this one. Purdue will have to load the box and attempt to make Braxton Miller beat them with his arm.

Ohio State is very happy to control the football and run it every single time right now. Purdue will also look to run the football almost every time. The clock should be rolling along quickly in this one. I think this game stays low scoring.

Free College Football Pick: Under 45
Score Prediction: Ohio State 21 Purdue 13

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