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Ohio State Buckeyes are going Badger-baiting

The Ohio State Buckeyes are the favorites of fans betting on college football to give the Wisconsin Badgers their second straight loss of the season on Saturday, October 15th at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. These are the odds in case you’d like to place one or two online football bets:

Ohio State      -10 (-110) 44 (-110) -370
Wisconsin     +10 (-110) 44 (-110) +310

The Buckeyes’ passing game couldn’t get off the ground against the Indiana Hoosiers. Ohio State J.T. Barrett went 9 of 21 for passing 93 yards with one TD and one interception. Then Barrett just said “screw this noise” and took off running. The junior QB ran for 137 yards on 26 carries and one score, while running backs Curtis Samuel and Mike Weber added 82 yards and one TD, and 71 yards and two TDs, respectively. The defense did a pretty good job of keeping the Buckeyes in the game as well, limiting Indiana to one score in the second half, forcing the Hoosiers to turn the pigskin on downs on Indiana’s own 33 with 5:22 remaining, and intercepting opposing QB Richard. While the ugly 38-17 to an unranked team win won’t do wonders for Ohio State’s poll prospects, the Buckeyes are still undefeated.

The same can’t be said of the Badgers, who lost their first game of the season 7-14 against the Michigan Wolverines. Badgers QB Alex Hornibrook finished 9 of 25 for 88 yards with one game-tying 17-yard scoring pass to running back Dare Ogunbowale and three interceptions, the third of which – with 2:15 remaining – pretty much sealed the Badgers’ fate. Wisconsin had the ball at its 8 with 2:59 and no timeouts and had the opportunity to knock off another top 10 ranked team. Wisconsin went for it on fourth-and-10 from, but Hornibrook’s deep pass was intercepted by Jourdan Lewis, disappointing Wisconsin fans betting on college football.

The takeaway from last week is that the Buckeyes’ passing game can be stopped. That’s the good news for the Badgers. The bad news is that you cannot stop J.T. Barrett; you can only hope to contain him. Perhaps in order to fight fire with fire, Wisconsin might turn up its own running game against Ohio State. The Badgers like to push people around in the running game and take over the line of scrimmage. Wisconsin’s running game, however, has not been what it could be due to injuries to senior tailback Corey Clement and running backs Taiwan Deal and Bradrick Shaw. And the passing game is still under construction with Hornibrook attempting to settle into a comfortable groove.

The Badgers’ offense are head toward their greatest challenge yet; a Buckeye’s defense hat is ranked 4th in the nation in total defense, 1st in red zone defense, and 2nd in points allowed, and that is also “walking around here like they’re king of the hill,” according to OSU head coach Urban Meyer. All things considered, people betting on college football should expect the Buckeyes to remain unbeaten and Wisconsin to lose two in a row.