Free Week 13 Prediction: Buckeyes vs. Illini Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 13
(4-0) Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (2-3)
Date: Saturday, November 28th, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Ohio State -27.5
NCAA Betting Total: 71.5
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Ohio State almost went down last week against Indiana. Was that a wake-up call?
This week they hit the road but it should not be too much of a grind against Illinois.
The Illini have been playing better but are still not much of a threat.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State got the win last week even though it was Justin Fields’ worst day since coming to Columbus.
Field was picked off three times last week against Indiana. That was the same total from all of last season. This game will be interesting to see how he comes back from it.
In the win last week Ohio State was able to dominate on the ground though. Master Teague rushed for a season high 169 yards and the team rushed for over 300 yards. There is nothing wrong with physically dominating an opponent from time to time.
They did the same to the Hoosiers ground game. Indiana is not a huge running team but they were held to a net of minus one yard for the day. That is impressive.
Last week maybe the Buckeyes took the Hoosiers a little too lightly. They can ease back a little in this without much to fear.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois deserves some respect for turning around their season with back to back road victories over Rutgers and Nebraska. Not a murderer’s row but still.
These were somewhat complete efforts too with the offense and defense especially contributing. They gave up just 43 points combined in the wins.
Illinois does do one thing really well, run the ball. They are 20th in the nation, rushing for 222ypg. That kind of plays to the strength of the Ohio State defense though.
Their own defense is going to be significantly tested and that is what has me most worried for this one. They have been better lately but don’t really have a strength there.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 7-1 in OSU last 8 games in November.
- OSU are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 conference games.
- ILL are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 conference games.
- ILL are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in November.
- ILL are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Free Week 13 NCAA Football Pick
I saw this one open at -28 so I guess there is a little value at the current number. Lots of chalk there but I am not going to side with Illinois. I like that they did not write off the season but other than that there is not much there.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Ohio State -27.5
I think Ohio State should be able to take away what Illinois does best, run the ball. Once they do the Illini are in big trouble. Slowly, or perhaps quickly, the Buckeyes will pull away.
These big numbers leave you open at the end of the game but after the close call last week I think Ohio State will be more buttoned up at that stage than they have been.
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