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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 31 2019
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
NCAA Football Spread: Ohio State -27.5
NCAA Betting Total: 63.5
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Life without Urban Meyer begins on Saturday for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
They will look to start things off on the right foot when they take on Lane Kiffin and his Florida Atlantic Owls on FOX.
Florida Atlantic Owls
Lane Kiffin has made this Florida Atlantic program competitive.
They enter play here in 2019 as one of the favorites in C-USA and will look to pick on a Buckeyes team with a few new main pieces in place.
While almost everything has to go right and then some for the Owls to shock the nation, they do have some playmakers to keep an eye on. It starts at the QB position with Chris Robison. Last season, Robinson threw for 2533 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The key for him will be to get the interceptions down. He threw 12 of them last season and you cannot afford to make any mistakes against this Buckeyes defense.
The offense led C-USA last season with 481.6 yards per game and will look to pass the ball even more this season as their ground game took a hit after they lost their lead RB following 2018.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ryan Day has a lot of expectations to live up to.
After sitting behind Urban Meyer, Day’s time has come to take the reins for the Buckeyes. He’ll lead the number 5 team in the nation here with a new QB under center.
QB Justin Fields transferred in from Georgia and has a lot of pressure on his arm. Fields will have quite the help around him as he welcomes back WRs K.J. Hill, Austin Mack and Bin Victor. Along with that, he’ll also get plenty of help with him in the backfield as JK Dobbins returns for his 3rd season.
Dobbins has ran for back to back 1000 yard seasons and his abilities open up plenty for the pass game.
Look for him to be the difference maker on Saturday, as he can get things established for this Buckeyes offense early on.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Owls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Owls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Owls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games.
- Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in August.
- Buckeyes are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Ohio State may endure some issues with the new pieces in place.
However, Florida Atlantic was trounced by Oklahoma last season to start the year and this one has a similar feel.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Ohio State -27.5
Florida Atlantic buries themselves early and the Buckeyes offense finds it’s groove in a route.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Ohio State-55 Florida Atlantic-17
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