Indiana in upsetting mood but Ohio State don’t sweat it

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA Football Week 5 Odds

The Indiana Hoosiers shocked No.17 Michigan State in overtime, but there’s a bunch of other numbers between 17 and 2, and thus the Ohio State Buckeyes remain the favorites of people betting on college football on Saturday, October 8th at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. These are the NCAA football betting odds for that game:

Indiana +29 (-110) 61½ (-110) +3375
Ohio State -29 (-110) 61½ (-110) -8000

The Hoosiers snapped an eight-game Old Brass Spittoon streak when they beat the Spartans 24-21 in week 4. Indiana QB Richard Lagow pulled a Nelson Muntz and not only threw two scoring passes – to wide receivers Ricky Jones and Mitchell ‘Satchel’ Paige – but also caught one himself. The Hoosiers almost won the game in regulation time after a tying TD run by the Spartans was overturned. Indiana forced Michigan State kicker Michael ‘Counter’ Geiger to try – and miss – a 49-yard field goal after consecutive sacks. Geiger went 0/3, and his Hoosiers counterpart Griffin Oakes would have finished likewise had it not been for a leaping call against the Spartans that provided him with a second chance 15 yards closer later to complete the comeback win.

Rutgers head coach spent the previous two seasons as the Buckeyes offensive coordinator, but it was made clear on Saturday that Urban Meyer may have held out on him a little, as Ohio State shutout the Scarlet Knights 58-0. Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett finished 21 of 19 for 238 yards and four TD passes to break the school’s record. Additionally, running backs Mike Weber, Demario McCall, Parris Campbell, and Johnnie Dixon all scored rushing touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State sacked Rutgers QB Chris Laviano three times, allowed only 33 passing yards, and didn’t let the Knights past the Buckeyes 38. An all-around strong performance for a big favorite of people betting on college football.

As hinted above, the distance between 17 and 2 is great, and far greater is the talent that Ohio State possesses on both sides of the ball as compared to the Spartans – or to the Hoosiers for that matter. Conversely, the Buckeyes will find a little more competition in an Indiana team that opened Big 10 play with a huge win. Still, the circumstances favor Ohio. For example, the Buckeyes’ defense has nine interceptions, and Lagow is prone to throwing interceptions. Furthermore, Oakes has struggled with field goals, and Ohio State is not as likely to afford him second chances as Michigan State was.

The Buckeyes are the kind of team that fans betting on college football like to get behind – they are 4-0 straight up and against the spread this season. The Hoosiers have hung with Ohio State as much as any team could be expected when they have met in the last two seasons, but Indiana has not defeated the Buckeyes since about 1987 – and they last won back-to-back games in the early 1900s. Ohio State leads the all-time series 71-12-5. All things considered, the Hoosiers might be in for a bit of a reality check on Saturday.