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Purdue Ohio State Betting Tips – Buckeyes Look To Keep On Rolling

Posted by Blake Frazier on 10/17/2012 6:49:51 PM

With a legitimate Heisman trophy candidate leading a high-powered offense that has led the Ohio State Buckeyes to seven-straight wins in its first season under new head coach Urban Meyer, the only thing holding this team back from contending for a national title is the sanctions placed on the team before the season started. The Buckeyes have scored a combined 115 points in consecutive wins over then-No. 21 Nebraska and Indiana the past two weeks, including 360 yards of total offense and three touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller in last Saturday’s win over the Hoosiers. Next up for Ohio State is a date with the Purdue Boilermakers, a program that ranks 73rd in the nation in points allowed.

Purdue Boilermakers @ Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday October 20, 2012 – 12:00 PM ET
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
College Football Betting Line: Ohio State – 19.5

Miller enters this week ranked seventh in the FBS in rushing yards per game with 130.3, and is already just 88 yards away from becoming the first Buckeyes’ quarterback to run for 1,000 yards in a season. Ohio State’s eighth-ranked rushing attack has led the 20th-ranked scoring offense through seven wins, and will look to continue to put up big numbers against a Purdue team that has lost consecutive sports betting games to Michigan and Wisconsin.

College Football Betting Preview: Purdue

The Boilermakers allowed 645 total yards against the Badgers, the most the program has given up in one game since 2006, and has averaged 529.3 rushing yards against over its last three games. Considering that 467 of those 645 yards given up against Wisconsin were on the ground, and this matchup doesn’t look very favorable for the Purdue defense. The Boilermakers have also struggled on the offensive side of the ball as well, with senior running back Akeem Shavers failing to rush for more than 74 yards in any game so far this season. The lack of an efficient ground game has stalled a Purdue offense that has managed just 213 and 252 yards respectively in each of its past two losses.

College Football Betting Preview: Ohio State

The ridiculous numbers that the Buckeyes’ offense has put up the past couple of weeks provides a stark contrast to what the Boilermakers have done, but still haven’t been enough to please Meyer, who still feels this team needs to be better in order to call itself one of the best teams in the country. While the offense is just fine under Miller, the Ohio State defense has allowed an average of 400 yards so far this season. Some of that can undoubtedly be attributed to the offense’s quick-strike ability and the amount of time the defense has spent in the prevent defense, but with heightened expectations this will mark the perfect opportunity for Meyer’s stop units to improve their numbers.

College Football Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The online sportsbook spread for this game is as high as it is for a reason, and there is little reason to believe that Ohio State won’t cover the three touchdowns. Purdue simply lacks the weapons on offense to score enough points to make up for its own inefficiencies on the defensive side of the ball, and that will make it very tough to keep this game close, on the road against one of the most talented offenses in the country, with Miller leading the way.

College Football Betting Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes

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