Ohio State is ranked number one in both the AP and the Coach’s poll. When the first College Football Playoff rankings came out this past Tuesday, Ohio State had to be befuddled. The Buckeyes are ranked third in the poll, not first, not even second. Ohio State will be looking to solidify its position with a big win over Minnesota on Saturday. Will the Buckeyes be able to do it?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Minnesota Golden Gophers Vs #1 Ohio State Buckeyes College Football Week 10 Point Spread
What: Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4) at No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0)
When: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Columbus, OH
Stadium: Ohio Stadium
Weather: 56° F | Sprinkles Early
Spread: Ohio State -23
Moneyline: Minnesota +1250 vs Ohio State -2000
Game Total: 53
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Listen: Minnesota vs Ohio State
Why Bet On Minnesota to Beat #1 Ohio State (-23)
Buckeyes QB Cardale Jones struggles in the red zone and he has started 7 games this season and finished each one from the bench.
The strength of Minnesota’s team this season was supposed to be its defense. The defense has had some lapses during the season, like giving up 48 points to Nebraska in a loss 2 games ago, but overall, the defense has played well.
Ohio State’s offense was supposed to test Minnesota’s this Saturday. That may not happen because Ohio State has to start Cardale Jones at quarterback instead of J.T. Barrett. Barrett has been suspended for this game. Barrett was caught driving while intoxicated. Without Barrett, the Ohio State offense has struggled. If Minnesota’s defense, which yields an average of 324.6 yards and 23.9 points per game, plays big, the Gophers might have a shot.
Ohio State TD pct with J.T. Barrett as QB: 46% With Cardale Jones as QB: 22% https://t.co/7gGE7h4ecY
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 31, 2015
Why Bet On #1 Ohio State (-23) to Beat Minnesota
The Gophers have lost 9 straight games at the hands of the Buckeyes since a 29-17 win at the Horseshoe on Oct. 14, 2000.
The worst thing that could have happened to Minnesota was if the CFP Selection Committee disrespected Ohio State in their first rankings of the season. There is no way to tell for sure, but the guess here is that the proud Buckeyes are stinging after being ranked third. Ohio State feels that they are the best team in the nation.
They might decide to come out and blitz Minnesota with their terrific defense. Minnesota’s offense averages 364.8 yards and only 21 points per game. If Ohio State’s defense decides to blitz Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner, this game could go south for the Gophers in a hurry.
Ohio State should turn up the heat. They get Minnesota at home for this. They’ll roll to an easy win. My final score prediction is Ohio State 42, Minnesota 3.