Ohio State vs. Nebraska - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ohio State vs. Nebraska - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (7-1)

College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)

The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -14 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday night in a key Big Ten college football game at Ohio Stadium on ABC.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers look for a bounce back victory to remain in the college football playoff conversation. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost back-to-back games three times since the 2014 season. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is completing 53 percent of his passes for 1,764 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Armstrong has one or less touchdown passes in five straight games. Stanley Morgan Jr. and Alonzo Moore have combined for 653 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jordan Westerkamp has 16 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 204 yards per contest, and Terrell Newby leads the way with 588 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 18.4 points and 342.1 yards per game. Josh Banderas leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 51 tackles, Ross Dzuris has 4.5 sacks and Nathan Gerry has four interceptions.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look to remain unbeaten at home to stay in the college football playoff conversation. The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost two home games since the 2014 season. J.T. Barrett is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 1,675 yards, 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. Barrett has one or less touchdown passes in four straight games. Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown have combined for 848 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Dontre Wilson has 19 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 272.3 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 770 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 15.1 points and 294.4 yards per game. Raekwon McMillan leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 51 tackles, Tyquan Lewis has five sacks and Malik Hooker has four interceptions.

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The Cornhuskers are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Buckeyes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 games overall and the under is 6-0 in Cornhuskers last 6 games overall.

All of a sudden there's some concern for Ohio State, as losses to Penn State and a near loss to Northwestern doesn't provide much confidence. The Buckeyes have been pushed around in the trenches and that offensive line has struggled big time. Nebraska has been a covering machine all season long and should feel good after giving itself a chance on the road last week against Wisconsin. This is a lot of points to give a struggling Ohio State team.

Give me Nebraska and the two touchdowns.

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Randy’s Pick Nebraska Cornhuskers +14

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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