Ohio State was an 18-point favorite over Michigan State by kick-off on Saturday in Week 11, and many bettors that spread went too far. Turns out, it wasn’t nearly enough in favor the Buckeyes who obliterated Michigan State 48-3. So this week, consider the 38-points apropos. On the road, the Fighting Illini are 0-4 straight up and 1-3 against the spread (ATS) this season while the Buckeyes are 3-1 straight up and 3-1 ATS. Register to bet and wager with your pick.
Betting Preview for the Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes Week 12 College Football Game on Nov 18 2017
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
When: Saturday, November 18 2017, 3:30 PM EST
Line: Illinois Fighting Illini (+41) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (-41) – view all NCAA Football lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Illinois Fighting Illini 2-8 (+41)
The Illinois Fighting Illini are going through a major rebuild, and they are hoping that next year they will finally start to see some results, but this year they have really struggled. After winning the first two games of the year they have really struggled losing eight games in a row, and none of the games have really been that close.
The biggest issue this team has had has been scoring points. Coming into this game they are only averaging 16.4 points per game which is 124th in the country. The biggest reason for the struggles on the offensive side of the ball, have been because of their inconsistent quarterback play.
They have tried four different quarterbacks, and they haven’t really found one to stick with. If they want to have success in the coming years, they need to find a good quarterback to build the program around. To win this game it’s going to take a near miracle. If they can keep this game within 30 points, I think the Fighting Illini would consider that a win.
Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes 8-2 (-41)
On the other side of this match up is the Ohio State Buckeyes who have had a nice season so far this year, but they are going to need some help if they want to make it into the college football playoff. They come into this game with two losses, against Oklahoma and Iowa, and the game against Iowa is probably the game that will keep them out of the playoff, if they do end up missing out.
For the Buckeyes they are good on both sides of the ball, but especially on the offensive side. They are currently averaging 44.2 points per game which is 5th in the country. To win this game they just need to not get caught looking ahead at what could be coming for this team.
They really should try to run up the score in the first half, so that some of the younger players can get some playing time in the second half. The one thing this team can’t have happen in this game is to have injuries that hurt their chances in the last few games.
The Buckeyes are the better team, and it’s going to show early on in this game. I think they will run up the score early and the Fighting Illini will have no answer. The Buckeyes will win this game and also cover the spread. Pick: Ohio State (-41)
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