Bowling Green Falcons at Ohio State Buckeyes - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bowling Green Falcons (10-4) at Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -27.5 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds
The Bowling Green Falcons look to surprise the Ohio State Buckeyes on opening day.
The explosive Bowling Green Falcons of a year ago will be moving on without dynamic quarterback Matt Johnson which leaves James Knapke under center who barely saw the field in 2015 while also losing top receivers Roger Lewis and Gehrig Dieter. The Falcons top option will be Ronnie Moore with Teo Redding, Scott Miller and Janarvis Pough stepping in to fill the void. BGSU also lost 1,300 yard rusher Travis Greene which means Fred Coppet will become the workhorse working behind a veteran offensive line that returns four starters for first year head coach Mike Jinks.
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I know the expectations are high for the Ohio State Buckeyes football program, but what’s new? And surpassing their 12-1 record in 2015 is an awful lot to ask but my guess is many fans believe it can happen. If it does it will be JT Barrett under center with Cardale Jones gone who proved he could run and throw which should make OSU fans happy. The loss of Ezekiel Elliot hurts the Buckeyes on the ground with over 1,800 yards gone with Mike Weber being asked to fill some mighty big shoes which doesn’t seem likely although Barrett will help. Ohio State also loses a majority of their production at receiver with Noah Brown, Curtis Samuel and Corey Smith also having some big shoes to fill while the line has plenty of talent but needs to prove itself.
The under is 6-0 in Falcons last 6 road games and the over is 7-1 in Falcons last 8 non-conference games while going 6-1 in Falcons last 7 games in September. The under is 10-2 in Buckeyes last 12 games on fieldturf and the Buckeyes are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games while the under is 6-2 in Buckeyes last 8 home games. This has the feel of a lot of Ohio State scoring…