NCAA Football: Oregon at Ohio State Betting Analysis

NCAA Football: Oregon at Ohio State Betting Analysis

#3 Ohio State hosts the #12 Oregon Ducks in one of College Football Week 2’s most important games. Heading into the contest, the Ducks aren’t sure if top NFL Draft prospect defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux will play. If Thibodeaux is on the bench, will Oregon be good enough to keep this close? Or should Ohio State fans prepare for a big celebration? Keep reading for NCAAF odds, analysis, and a free pick for Oregon Ducks at Ohio State Buckeyes.   

Oregon Ducks vs Ohio State Buckeyes: College Football Betting Preview

#12 Oregon Ducks at #3 Ohio State Buckeyes Odds & Info

Why bet on #12 Oregon versus #3 Ohio State?

Thibodeaux remains day-to-day. Signs point to the 6’5” monster defensive end stepping onto the field on Saturday. No matter if Thibodeaux plays or not, the Ducks will play a ball control game like they did in the victory over Fresno State. Oregon rushed 49 times in the win over the Bulldogs. If the Ducks get their running game going, they could control the clock enough to put them in position to not only cover but to also upset Ohio State on the moneyline. 

Oregon Ducks Offensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 358
  • Passing Yards: 172
  • Rushing Yards: 186
  • Points Scored: 31
  • Turnovers: 1

Oregon Ducks Defensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 373
  • Passing Yards: 298
  • Rushing Yards: 75
  • Points Scored: 24
  • Takeaways: 0

Why bet on the #3 Ohio State versus #12 Oregon?

In the first half, and for some of the third quarter, Ohio State struggled on the road versus Minnesota. It turns out, the Buckeyes were struggling because they had yet to gel. Once freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud and the Buckeye offense got on track, they dominated the rival Gophers. Ohio State outscored Minnesota 35 to 17 in the second half and beat their Big Ten opponent by 14. 

Ohio State Offensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 495
  • Passing Yards: 294
  • Rushing Yards: 201
  • Points Scored: 45
  • Turnovers: 0

Ohio State Defensive Averages

  • Total Yards: 408
  • Passing Yards: 205
  • Rushing Yards: 203
  • Points Scored: 31
  • Takeaways: 0

#12 Oregon versus #3 Ohio State Final Betting Prediction

Heading into this game, the home team looks strong, but before laying 14 ½, realize a couple of things. First, Kayvon Thibodeuax may play. The defensive end is so good that if he does play, he could change how Ohio State’s offense approaches this game.

Second, the Buckeyes got lucky in their game versus Minnesota. Golden Gopher running back Mohammed Ibrahim rushed for 163 yards from 30 carries and had scored a couple of touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Oregon running back CJ Verdell averaged 4.1 yards per carry versus Fresno State. Travis Dye averaged 4.9 per. 

There’s no way to tell if Ohio State struggled to stop Ibrahim because he’s such a talented back. If they didn’t, and the Buckeyes defense has an issue stopping the run, Oregon could bounce out of Columbus with a straight up victory.

As it stands now, the points are simply too many. Ibrahim could have continued punishing the Buckeyes’ front seven and Minnesota played like the better team for most of that game. Oregon is a solid football team. Taking the points makes the most sense.    

NCAAF Week 2 Pick: Oregon Ducks

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