The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost each of their past two games. If they want to resuscitate their chances of winning the Big Ten conference, they will have to start winning games. They are currently 0-2 in conference games and for them to avoid that dreaded 0-3 conference record, they need to beat No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, who are looking unstoppable as of the moment. Will Minnesota perform a miracle in Columbus? Or will the Buckeyes (among the favorites to win the 2019 Championship) get their seventh win of the season at the expense of the Golden Gophers?
Betting Preview for the Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Ohio State Buckeyes Week 7 College Football Game on October 13 2018
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers (+29.5) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (-29.5) – view all 2018 NCAAF lines
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Minnesota Golden Gophers
(3-2 Overall / 0-2 Conference)
The Golden Gophers need to do something about their defense – something dramatic if they want to avoid getting turned into a punching bag by the Buckeyes on Saturday. Minnesota is allowing 23.4 points per game, but has given up an average of 31.0 points in their last three games, during which they’ve gone 1-2. That stretch includes their 42-13 loss to the Maryland Terrapins on Sep. 23 and a 48-31 drubbing at the hands of the Iowa Hawkeyes on Oct. 7. In the Iowa game, the Golden Gophers let Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley go off for 314 passing yards and four touchdowns. Minnesota’s pass rushers will have to do a better job this coming Saturday. It’s a good thing that Minnesota has linebacker Carter Coughlin, who is second in the conference with five sacks. Coughlin could be a game-changer against Ohio State, which has allowed eight sacks on the season – second most in the Big Ten.
Minnesota is 2-0 ATS in its last two games in which it was an underdog by at least 25 points.
Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes
(6-0 Overall / 3-0 Conference)
Ohio State saw its win streak extend to six games to start the season after the Buckeyes blew out the Indiana Hoosiers at home last week, 49-26. Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins sliced and diced Indiana’s offense withy 455 passing yards and six touchdowns against two interceptions. Wide receiver Parris Campbell was a monster downfield, as the senior caught nine passes and turned them into 142 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He is currently No. 1 in the Big Ten in both receiving yards (501) and touchdown receptions (7). Ohio State doesn’t kid on offense and will take every opportunity to make big plays. They are averaging 49.0 points and 566 total yards per game. They are also 11th in the nation with 6.9 yards per play. Given how shaky Minnesota’s defense has been of late, it’s fair to expect Haskins and company to light up the scoreboard and stat sheets in Week 7.
Ohio State wins, 48-21.
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