Ohio State vs Northwestern 2019 College Football Week 8 Lines & Prediction

Written by on October 15, 2019

Ohio State battles one of its toughest foes from last season, the Northwestern Wildcats. Will the 2019 Wildcats challenge the undefeated Buckeyes? Or, will Ohio State continue rolling through it’s Big Ten competition? Check out college football odds, analysis, and a free pick for Ohio State vs Northwestern!

Ohio State vs Northwestern 2019 College Football Week 8 Lines & Prediction

  • When: Friday, Oct. 18 at 8:30pm ET
  • Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
  • TV: FS1
  • ATS Odds: Ohio State -28

Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: 10°C/50°F
  • Humidity: 64%
  • Precipitation: 10%
  • Wind: 12 mph S
  • Cloud Cover: 40%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Ohio State Buckeyes are a good bet -28?

Although Alabama and LSU are atop the AP Poll, the Ohio State Buckeyes might be the best team in the nation. Ohio State averages 49.3 points while only allowing 8.8 points on defense. Because they face an offensively challenged team in Northwestern on Saturday, there’s a good chance the Buckeyes win by 40 to 50 points.

Team Statistics

  • Total Yards: 535
  • Passing Yards: 246
  • Rushing Yards: 289
  • Points Scored: 49.3
  • Total Yards: 234.7
  • Passing Yards: 152
  • Rushing Yards: 82.7
  • Points Allowed: 8.8

Why Northwestern Wildcats are a good bet +28?

Northwestern doesn’t play great offense. They’re not going to throw for 400 yards and rush for another 200. That’s not how the team wins football games. The Wildcats win with a great defense. It’s one of the top units in the Big Ten. Northwestern has held Wisconsin to 24 points and Nebraska to 13 in a couple of losses. It’s not far-fetched for the Wildcats to only lose this game by 3 touchdowns, 21 points, instead of 4.

Team Statistics

  • Total Yards: 293
  • Passing Yards: 140.4
  • Rushing Yards: 152.6
  • Points Scored: 14.4
  • Total Yards: 320
  • Passing Yards: 176
  • Rushing Yards: 144
  • Points Allowed: 19.8

College Football Week 8 Betting Trends for Ohio State vs Northwestern

  • Ohio State is 8-0 ATS in the last 8 games following a straight up win
  • Ohio State is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 games following an ATS win
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Ohio State’s last 7 games played in October
  • Northwestern is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 following a straight up loss
  • Northwestern is 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 games versus a team with a winning road record
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Northwestern’s last 5 games

Ohio State vs Northwestern Final Betting Analysis

Ohio State is unbelievably talented. They most definitely could dominate Northwestern by over 40 points in this. However, the Wildcats are at home where the under has hit 42-14-1 in the last 57 games. If this one does go under, it will be because Northwestern played well enough to keep it within the spread, right?

Maybe, not. This Buckeyes team is so fantastic not only because it scores at will, but also because it has an awesome defense. Northwestern might not score at all while the Wildcats, as great as their defense is, won’t keep Ohio State from dropping at least 35. Ohio State covers.

College Football Week 8 Free Pick: Ohio State -28