Ohio State at Indiana Expert College Football Picks Against the Spread 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Memorial Stadium "The Rock"
Michael Penix Jr. and the Indiana Hoosiers play the Ohio State Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Indiana opens this matchup as 14-point dogs. The over/under is set at 61. The Buckeyes are 1-1-0 ATS and 0-1-1 when betting on the total. The Hoosiers are 0-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-1-0 against the spread.
Key Ohio State Buckeyes Injuries
09/08/19 WR C.J. Saunders Knee is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
09/08/19 LB Justin Hilliard Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
09/08/19 WR Kamryn Babb Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
09/08/19 DL Noah Donald Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
09/08/19 DT Taron Vincent Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
09/08/19 TE Cormontae Hamilton Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
09/08/19 S Ronnie Hickman Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
09/08/19 DT Jaden McKenzie Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
08/30/19 DE Jonathon Cooper Ankle is out indefinitely
Key Indiana Hoosiers Injuries
No key injuries to report
In their last game, the Ohio State Buckeyes played the Cincinnati Bearcats and went home with the win by a score of 42-0. J.K. Dobbins paced the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 60 yards and he added 2 TD's for the game. He ran for 141 yards on 17 carries which means he ran for an average of 8.3 yards per tote. Binjimen Victor led the team in receiving yardage by earning 69 yards on 5 catches. He earned an average of 13.8 yards per reception for that contest. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Buckeyes was Justin Fields who went 20/25 with 224 yards passing and completed 2 TD's. He walked away with no picks. The Ohio State Buckeyes ended up running the ball 46 times and earned 270 yards earning them an average of 5.9 yards per run. On the day, they ran 73 plays which gave them a total of 508 yards. On the day, the Buckeyes racked up 31 1st downs and they had 2 infractions for 25 yards which is telling in terms of how disciplined they are. When discussing the defense, Ohio State gave up 13 catches on 23 attempts totaling 166 yards, and a completion percentage of 56.5%. In the running game, the Buckeyes gave up 107 yards on 34 attempts which gave them an average of 3.1 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they allowed 273 yards and forced 2 takeaways.
The Buckeyes come into this game with a record of 2-0 for the 2019 season. For total yards, they currently sit at 6th in the Big Ten and 30th in Division 1 with 977 yards. They are one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 43.5 points per contest, which has them at 22nd in Division 1. As a team, they are averaging 253.5 yards on the ground per game which is 2nd in the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes have one of the best defenses in the nation, allowing 10.5 points per contest which has them at 5th in the Big Ten. When it comes to yards through the air, the Buckeyes have allowed 470 yards. Teams are completing 61.9% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 5.9 yards per try. In discussing yards rushing, Ohio State is giving up 64.5 yards per game which has them at 5th in the Big Ten and 10th in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 1.9 yards per rush putting them 5th in the Big Ten and 9th in D-1 overall. In total, they have conceded 129 rushing yards through 2 games.
In their last game, the Indiana Hoosiers played the Eastern Illinois Panthers and took home the victory by a score of 52-0. Stevie Scott III led the team in rushing for that game. He tore off a long run of 10 yards and he ran for 1 TD for the contest. He ran for a total of 61 yards on 12 carries which meant he was running for 5.1 yards per tote. Donavan Hale led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 110 yards on 5 catches. He earned an average of 22.0 yards per reception for that game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Hoosiers was Peyton Ramsey who went 13/14 with 226 yards passing and completed 2 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Indiana Hoosiers ran the football 34 times and totaled 114 yards which gave them an average of 3.4 yards per carry. For the game, they ran 75 plays for 555 yards. For the game, the Hoosiers earned 26 first downs and they had 6 penalties for 45 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. When it comes to their defensive performance, Indiana allowed 11 completions on 25 attempts totaling 64 yards, and a completion percentage of 44.0%. For this contest, they gave up a total of 116 yards and earned 0 takeaways. Against the run, the Hoosiers allowed 52 yards on 31 tries which means they allowed 1.7 yards per run allowed.
The Hoosiers come into this matchup with a record of 2-0. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Hoosiers have one of the top tier offenses in Division 1. Indiana is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 131 yards on the ground per contest, ranking them 96th in the nation. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 262 yards rushing through 2 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Hoosiers average 514.5 yards per game overall putting them 27th in D-1 and 5th in the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers are conceding 12 points per game ranking them 6th in the conference and 20th in college football. Their passing defense is one of the most dominate groups in college football. They are giving up 181 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Hoosiers are currently ranked 4th in the Big Ten. When it comes to points allowed, they have given up 24 points in total. In regard to yards on the ground, they are conceding 76 yards per contest which puts them at 20th in the country and 7th in the Big Ten. For this year, they have conceded a total of 152 yards on the ground and 1 rushing TD.
Who will win tonight's Buckeyes/Hoosiers college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Buckeyes -14
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