Ohio State is still the number one ranked team in the nation even though they haven’t performed to the standards that they’ve set for themselves. The Buckeyes are 1 and 3 against the spread overall this season. They are 0 and 3 against the spread after beating Virginia Tech 42 to 24 in their first game of the season.
Could this be the week where the wheels fall off on the Buckeyes’ train? Indiana is undefeated. Even though Indiana has been playing against suspect competition, so have the Buckeyes. Indiana is going to be fired up to take on the number one ranked team in the country this Saturday.
How To Bet The No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Indiana Hoosiers College Football Week 5 Line
What: No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) at Indiana Hoosiers (4-0)
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Memorial Stadium (Bloomington, IN)
Stadium: Bloomington, IN
Weather: 63° / Scattered Clouds
Spread: Ohio State -21
Moneyline: Ohio State -1375 vs Indiana +900
Game Total: 64.5
Watch: ABC/ ESPN 2
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Ohio State vs Indiana
Why Bet On 1 Ohio State (-21) to Beat Indiana
Indiana’s offense is one of the best in the nation. The Hoosiers are ranked thirtieth or better in every important offensive statistical category. Indiana averages 522.2 yards per game. They average 38.2 points per game.
The Buckeyes’ might have the defense to shut down the prolific Hoosiers’ offense, though. Ohio State’s defense has been close to brilliant this season. It held Hawaii to 0 points in a 38 to 0 win. It held Northern Illinois, a team that averages 30.5 points to 13 in a 20 to 13 Buckeyes’ victory. Ohio State beat Western Michigan 38 to 12 even though Western Michigan averages 400 yards and 26 points per game.
Ohio State’s D gives up an average of 12.2 points and a ridiculous 253.2 yards per game. The defense might be good enough to control Indiana’s prolific offense.
Why Bet On Indiana to Beat 1 Ohio State (-21)
The coaches at Indiana are excellent at putting together strategic game plans. Indiana knows that it’s going to have to win games via shoot-out. So, instead of selling out on defense to get to the quarterback, Indiana tries to control the big play capability of its opponents.
So far, it’s worked to perfection. The Hoosiers outscored Wake Forest 31 to 24 in their last game. They outscored Western Kentucky and the Hilltoppers’ excellent quarterback Brad Doughty 38 to 35 two games ago. When Indiana plays a bend but don’t break defense and are able to keep their opponents to more field goals than touchdowns or less possessions than what the Hoosiers get on offense, Indiana become a very difficult team to beat.
The key for Indiana in this game is how well their defense will be at stopping Ohio State’s offense from getting more possessions than they get on offense. Ohio State has a tendency to play down to their competition. If Ohio State comes out flat versus Indiana, they could lose this game straight up. My final score prediction is Indiana 37, Ohio State 35.