Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-2) at Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -29.5 -- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for their first road victory of the season while beating their first ranked team since their 2014 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost each of their last five road games. Zack Annexstad is completing 52.4 percent of his passes for 924 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Annexstad has four touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last two games. Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman have combined for 659 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has 14 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 145 yards per contest, and Bryce Williams leads the way with 311 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 23.4 points and 324.2 yards per game. Blake Cashman leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 34 tackles, Carter Coughlin has five sacks and Thomas Barber has one interception.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look for another victory to start 7-0 for the first time since the 2015 season. The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost a combined three home games since the start of the 2014 season. Dwayne Haskins is completing 71.7 percent of his passes for 1,919 yards, 25 touchdowns and four interceptions. Haskins has 14 touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last three games. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill have combined for 865 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Austin Mack has 23 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 201 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 462 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 20 points and 365.2 yards per game. Jordan Fuller leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 27 tackles, Dre'Mont Jones has 4.5 sacks and Kendall Sheffield has one interception.
The Golden Gophers are 10-3-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS loss, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in October. The over is 10-4 in Buckeyes last 14 conference games and the over is 5-2 in Golden Gophers last 7 games in October.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers went from being a solid defensive squad that grinded out victories to giving up a combined 90 points in their last two games, and neither Maryland or Iowa have the offensive firepower that Ohio State has. The Ohio State Buckeyes are outscoring teams by 29 points on the season and 40.3 points in three home games. The Ohio State Buckeyes have also covered six of their last nine games when favored by at least 20 points. Everybody knows I'm not the biggest chalk eater, especially once you start throwing out insane numbers, but Ohio State can and probably does run away with this game based on how poor Minnesota has been defensively in its last two games.