Purdue vs. Ohio - 9/8/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ohio Bobcats (1-0) at Purdue Boilermakers (0-1)
College Football: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Ross-Ade Stadium)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ohio Bobcats and Purdue Boilermakers meet Friday in college football action at Ross-Ade Stadium on FS1.
The Ohio Bobcats look for another victory after steamrolling Hampton in their season opener, 59-0. The Ohio Bobcats has won five of their last seven road games. Quinton Maxwell is completing 77.8 percent of his passes for 100 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Maxwell has nine career touchdown passes. Cameron Odom and Papi White have combined for 110 receiving yards and one touchdown while Bryan Long Jr. has one reception. The Ohio Bobcats ground game is averaging 248 yards per contest, and A.J. Ouellette leads the way with 63 yards and on 12 carries. Defensively, Ohio is allowing zero points and 108 yards per game. Quentin Poling leads the Ohio Bobcats with six tackles, Evan Croutch has two sacks and Bradd Ellis has two pass deflections.
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The Purdue Boilermakers look for a bounce back performance after losing to Louisville, 35-28. The Purdue Boilermakers have lost four straight home games. David Blough is completing 69.2 percent of his passes for 175 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Blough has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Jackson Anthrop and Gregory Phillips have combined for 141 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Cole Herdman has four receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 51 yards per contest, and Tario Fuller leads the way with 29 yards and on eight carries. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 35 points and 524 yards per game. Ja'Whaun Bentley leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 10 tackles, Josh Okonye has one tackle for loss and T.J. McCollum has two quarterback hurries.
The Bobcats are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games, 13-3 ATS in their last 16 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Boilermakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 vs. MAC. The over is 4-1 in Boilermakers last 5 games overall and the under is 35-17-2 in Bobcats last 54 games overall.
I knew the Purdue Boilermakers were going to hang around with Louisville in the opener, and they even had their chances to win the game late. That type of performance is enough to carry over and get guys motivated to take care of business against an Ohio squad that's not exactly used to the physical play the Big Ten brings to the table. This is a game the Boilermakers can win in the trenches and finish late in the second half. After what we saw last week, you have to like Purdue at home and the small line.