NCAA Football Betting

By Dave D
Updated: October 8, 2010
NEW YORK — It seems as though the more things change this in the ncaaf betting season, the more they stay the same, and for the top-five ranked teams in the country, making a move so far early this year has been nearly impossible. While the Alabama Crimson Tide continue their domination from last year’s national title run with an even more impressive performance every week, the Ohio State Buckeyes try their best to keep pace as the second-ranked team in the country. With a relatively mediocre schedule, establishing themselves as legitimate contenders for the BCS title game may come down to just how badly they blow away some of the weaker opponents. That theory will be tested again this weekend, as the Buckeyes host a team that they have dominated over the past couple of decades.

Indiana Hoosiers @ Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday October 9, 2010 – 12:00 PM Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio Broadcast: ESPN NCAAF Betting Odds : Indiana +21.5, Ohio State -21.5 Total: 57

Ohio State has won 15 straight games over the Indiana Hoosiers, and are massive favorites to continue that trend this Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Head coach Jim Tressel captured win number-99 at Illinois last weekend in a 24-13 victory, and will chase number-100 this weekend while his Buckeyes continue to chase something that is even more important to them: the perfect season.

NCAAF Betting: What Indiana Will Have To Do To Win:

The Hoosiers will have to put an emphasis on getting in to the Ohio State backfield and roughing up their quarterback, who enters this game with injury concerns. Indiana lost at home to a very good Michigan team by only a touchdown, and if they are able to cause some disruption against Ohio State, there is potential for them to stay within the number. The Hoosiers rank fourth in the country moving the ball through the air, so expect them to try to air it out early and often.

NCAAF Betting: What Ohio State Will Have To Do To Win

Ohio State has won 41 of its last 42 home games against unranked opponents, and there is no reason to think that trend won’t continue this Saturday, even with superstar quarterback Terrelle Pryor not at 100-percent. Pryor left the victory over the Illini with a leg injury that at first may have appeared more serious than it really was, but practiced this week and appears ready to play.

The junior quarterback is undoubtedly the key to this school’s success not only for this game, but for the entire season, and as long as he can continue to show the toughness and poise he demonstrated in returning from injury for a late fourth quarter touchdown drive, the Buckeyes will be fine.

NCAAF Betting: Outlook & Pick

Ohio State won its first four non-conference games by an average of five touchdowns before struggling against Illinois, but with Pryor hobbled and the armor showing kinks, 22 points may be too much for the Buckeyes to cover.

NCAAF Betting Pick: Indiana +21.5