Ohio State Buckeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 11/5/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Location: Ryan Field in Evanston, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (+36.5)
The Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0) are headed to Ryan Field on Saturday where they will go up against the Northwestern Wildcats (1-7). Ohio State opens this contest as 36.5-point favorites. The total is set at 63.
The Ohio State Buckeyes come into this game with a record of 8-0 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Buckeyes faced the Penn State Nittany Lions and took home the win by a score of 44-31. C.J. Stroud went 26/33 with 354 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rate of 178.9 and finished the contest with no interceptions. TreVeyon Henderson was the leader on the ground for the Buckeyes with 16 carries for 78 yds (4.9 yds per carry). At the end of the game, they had 60 plays which gave them 452 yds. The Ohio State Buckeyes rushed the ball a total of 26 different times and totaled 98 yds, which is an average of 3.8 yds per carry. Against the rush, the Buckeyes gave up 111 yards on 33 attempts, which is 3.4 yds per rush surrendered. Ohio State conceded 32 completions on 47 tries for a total of 371 yards, and a completion rate of 68.1%.
When talking about getting in the endzone, the Ohio State Buckeyes are sitting at 48.9 points per game. As a team they're averaging 191.5 yards in the run game ranking them 34th in the country. The Buckeyes have tallied 4,074 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to notching touchdowns, Ohio State has compiled 30 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns. Ohio State has amassed 197 1st downs as an offense, and they have been called for 43 infractions for 377 yards. They have surrendered the ball 7 times.
When it comes to passing yardage, the Buckeyes are allowing 1,414 yds which ranks them 13th in D-1. They have surrendered 176.8 yards per game via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 58.4%. In total, they have surrendered 270.1 yards per contest ranking them 6th in the country. They have surrendered 9 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 5 touchdowns on the ground. Opposing teams are running for an average of 2.9 yards per attempt on the ground and 93.4 rushing yards per game so far this season. During this campaign, they have allowed 747 rushing yards through 8 games. The Buckeyes are ranked 10th in the nation regarding team defense, conceding 16.9 points per contest.
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The Wildcats step onto the field holding a record of 1-7 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Wildcats took a loss by a final score of 33-13 when they played the Iowa Hawkeyes. Evan Hull carried the rock 11 times for 32 yards, walking away from the game with 2.9 yds per carry for Northwestern. Brendan Sullivan (2 TDs) walked away from the contest with 159 yds on 23/30 through the air while his QB rating was 136.5. He threw 1 pick and his Y/A was 5.3. Northwestern allowed 35 running attempts for 178 yards (5.1 yards per rush). The Wildcats passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 70.0%, surrendering 220 yds on 21 out of 30 through the air. The Wildcats ended up finishing with 177 yards on 67 plays (2.6 yards per play). Northwestern ran for 0.5 yds per carry, finishing with 18 yards on 37 carries.
In terms of this team's ability to score points, the Wildcats are ranking 120th in D-1 with 17.9 points per game. During the season thus far, the Wildcats have compiled 1,994 passing yards as well as an average of 249.3 passing yards per outing, ranking them 59th in college football. The Northwestern Wildcats average 362.6 yards per outing, which has them sitting 92nd in D-1. The Northwestern offense has totaled 360 penalty yds on 40 infractions, which is good for 108th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the other team.
Northwestern has given up a total of 1,491 yards via the ground game (186.4 yards/game) in addition to 14 touchdowns rushing so far this season. They have allowed the opposition 15 touchdowns through the air in addition to 220.8 yards/outing, ranking them 54th in the country. The Wildcats defense has been on the field for 556 plays, which is 67th in D-1. The Wildcats are allowing 28.8 points per contest, which puts them 85th in Division 1. Over the course of the season, they have given up 230 points.
Who will win tonight's Buckeyes/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Buckeyes -36.5
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