Ohio State vs. Minnesota - 11/7/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4) at Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESPN3
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Ohio State Buckeyes play Saturday night at Ohio Stadium.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers would love nothing more than a win after losing three of their last four games. Mitch Leidner is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,627 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Leidner has four touchdown passes in his last three games. KJ Maye and Drew Wolitarsky have combined for 727 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Eric Carter has 21 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 155.1 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 541 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 23.9 points and 324.6 yards per game. Cody Poock leads the Golden Gophers with 55 tackles, Jalen Myrick has three interceptions and Steven Richardson has 3.5 sacks. Isaiah Gentry, Josh Campion and Hendrick Ekpe are questionable.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost just two home games to unranked teams since 2011. Cardale Jones is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 1,266 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Jones gets the start with J.T. Barrett suspended. Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall have combined for 837 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Braxton Miller has 19 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 247 yards per contest, and Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 1,130 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 15.1 points and 301.1 yards per game. Raekwon McMillan leads the Buckeyes with 74 tackles, Tyvis Powell has two interceptions and Tyquan Lewis has 5.5 sacks. Erick Smith, Craig Fada and Johnnie Dixon are questionable.
The Golden Gophers are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Buckeyes are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a bye week and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
There's a reason Ohio State made a full-time quarterback change, as Jones is simply not getting it done and a big part of why the Buckeyes aren't blowing teams out like they should. Well, OSU is stuck with Jones for this game. Minnesota doesn't have the playmakers the Buckeyes have, but they do play defense, are disciplined and have already taken TCU and Michigan down to the wire.
Ohio State wins, but Minnesota is just another team that the Buckeyes allow to hang around.