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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13

Indiana Hoosiers (4-6) at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0)

College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -32 See the Latest Odds


The Indiana Hoosiers have their work cut out for them on Saturday as the Hoosiers head to Ohio Stadium to face the Buckeyes. 

The Ohio State Buckeyes extended their nation’s long winning streak to 22 games this past weekend as OSU dismantled the Illinois Fighting Illini.  The Buckeyes defeated the Illini 60-35 on Saturday, and honestly, it wasn’t even that close.  This Buckeye team is a machine right now as this team is completely buying into the Urban Meyer system, and the Buckeyes know that if they have any shot at all at the BCS title, besides needing help, they need to win with style.  The Buckeyes currently have the fourth ranked rushing attack in the nation, picking up an average of 315.1 yards per game this season.  The Buckeyes scoring defense is also playing outstanding, ranking 18th in the FBS, allowing 18.8 points per game.  Ohio State basically decided that they were going to tear through anything in their path en route to the Big Ten, and hopefully for them, National title.  After the BCS Standings were released this past weekend, it is unlikely that the Buckeyes will make it to the National title game, but barring any kind of crazy collapse, the Buckeyes are well on their way to the Big Ten title game.

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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13

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The Indiana Hoosiers are sitting at 4-6 this season, while going 2-4 in Big Ten play.  This Hoosier team has done better under the coaching of Kevin Wilson, but still the Hoosiers have a long way to go if they want to compete in the Big Ten.  Especially on their defense.  The Hoosiers have one of the worst defenses in the nation this season, giving up an average of 38.8 points per game.  Their last outing against the Badgers this past Saturday saw their average climb even higher as the Hoosiers were beaten, and beat up against the Badgers, falling to Wisconsin 51-3.  Like I said, overall I like the improvements the Hoosiers have made, but unless Wilson and his staff can bring in some better defensive talent, the Hoosiers won’t be climbing the Big Ten ranks any time soon.

The Indiana Hoosiers are 4-6 against the spread this season, and as an underdog, the Hoosiers are just 1-4 against the number.  When playing on the road this year, the Indiana Hoosiers are 0-3 against the spread.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 6-3 against the spread this season, and at home, the Buckeyes are 3-2 ATS.  When Ohio State is playing in the Big Ten this season, the Buckeyes are 3-2 ATS.

I have to back the Hoosiers here.  The Buckeyes win, and win very, very easily on Saturday, but this is way too many points to be giving up the week before the big rivalry game with the Wolverines.  The Hoosiers have the offense to score on the Buckeyes, and while OSU will never be threatened, the Hoosiers keep this one close enough to get the cover on Saturday.

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