Ohio State vs Purdue NCAA Football Odds & Game Preview.

Ohio State vs Purdue NCAA Football Week 8 Odds & Game Preview

Written by on October 17, 2018

Through the first 7 weeks of the college football season, the top 4 stayed pretty much constant, but that all came to an end last week. Last Saturday proved to be a bit of a nightmare for teams challenging for a playoff spot, with the Georgia Bulldogs dropping out of the top 4 for the first time this year after losing to LSU. Notre Dame was able to take advantage of the Bulldogs slip, moving into the #4 spot. By the time all was said and done, Alabama remained in their rightful spot at the top, while the Ohio State Buckeyes slipped into #2.


The Buckeyes feel as though they have some amends to make after missing the playoffs last season despite being the Big Ten Conference winner. They have some bigger games still to come, most notably against the Michigan Wolverines, so they cannot afford to make any mistakes against teams they are expected to beat, such as the Purdue Boilermakers. The Buckeyes are in as a 14-point favorite for this one, with the point total set at 67 ½.


Ohio State vs Purdue NCAA Football Odds & Game Preview


  • When: Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 PM EST
  • Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette
  • TV: ABC
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • Live Stream: ABC Go
  • NCAA Football Week 8 Odds: Ohio State -14 (Total 67.5)


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Weather Forecast

  • Overcast: 16°C/60°F
  • Humidity: 73%
  • Precipitation: 15%
  • Cloud Cover: 94%
  • Wind: 7 mph W
  • Stadium Type: Open


Why bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes?

The Ohio State Buckeyes remain unbeaten through the first 7 weeks of the season, already surviving a scare that could have put their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. That scare came a few weeks back when Ohio State found themselves 13 points down to Penn State with just 8 minutes left in the game. They somehow managed to pull that one out and went on to win their next two games, outscoring their opponents by 79-40.


In each of those 3 wins, the Buckeyes failed to cover the spread, taking them to 3-4 ATS on the season, which has to be a little concerning when style points really matter to the playoff committee. While Ohio State has gone 7-3 SU against the Boilermakers in their last 10 meetings, they have struggled to cover, going just 3-7 ATS in those games.


Team Stats

  • Average Score For: 46.29
  • Total Yards: 556.86
  • Rush Yards: 185.43
  • Passing Yards: 371.43
  • Average Score Against: 19.14
  • Total Yards: 369.57
  • Rush Yards: 148.00
  • Passing Yards: 221.57


Why bet on the Purdue Boilermakers?

The Purdue Boilermakers season looked to be over before it even began, as they started their campaign with 3 straight losses. This team has shown some real grit since then, though, reeling off 3 straight wins heading into this weekend. They got things rolling by beating Boston College 30-13 in a game where they were a 6 ½ point underdog, after which they beat Nebraska and Illinois, easily covering the spread in those games.


Ohio State vs Purdue is one of the best games of the NCAA Football Week 8.


Things have looked good on both sides of the football in their last 3 outings, with Purdue outscoring the opposition by a combined score of 118-48. They may not be able to put up huge numbers against Ohio State, but they certainly have the confidence to give them a scare. Purdue have been good at home of late, going 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.


Team Stats

  • Average Score For: 33.50
  • Total Yards: 510.16
  • Rush Yards: 179.33
  • Passing Yards: 330.83
  • Average Score Against: 23.17
  • Total Yards: 414.33
  • Rush Yards: 146.83
  • Passing Yards: 267.50


Ohio State vs Purdue NCAA Football Week 8 Betting Trends

  • Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ohio State’s last 6 games
  • Purdue is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Purdue is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Purdue’s last 23 games at home


Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Ohio State vs Purdue

I think we might well see a lot of scoring here, which is why the OVER seems like the best bet to me. I do like Ohio State to win, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Purdue might just do enough to cover.


Score: Ohio State Buckeyes 43 – Purdue Boilermakers 30