Last Updated on October 19, 2020
- Ohio State and Nebraska will open their BIG10 campaigns this Saturday in Columbus with Ohio State favored by 26 pts.
- Ohio State was 9-5 ATS in 2019.
- Nebraska and Ohio State combined to go 13-13 on overs last season.
- The Buckeyes have won 34 consecutive home openers.
Week 8 of the college football season is bringing us Big Ten action and Ohio State is kicking it off at noon against Nebraska. Unsurprisingly, the Buckeyes are huge favorites over the Cornhuskers. Ohio State has National Championship aspirations this year and their quarterback, Justin Fields, is the only returning Heisman Trophy finalist from last season.
Is this game going to be Ohio State’s first step towards the College Football Playoff or will Nebraska hang tough and make this a battle?
Ohio State-Nebraska 2020 Betting Line
Ohio State is sitting at -25.5 on the spread line and -10000 on the moneyline against Nebraska on DraftKings Sportsbook. They were as high as -27.5 on the spread line earlier in the week, but that number seems to be trending down. Either way, oddsmakers have the Buckeyes as four-score favorites against the Cornhuskers.
The over-under is set to 64.5. These two teams were a combined 13-13 on over-unders last season. Last season, games at Ohio State averaged 58.6 points per game.
Game Preview & Betting Angles
The Big Ten has waited a long time for football to return, but it’s finally here. It’s only fitting that the most dangerous team in the conference will be the first team to play. It’s unfortunate for Nebraska that they have to draw the Buckeyes in their first game of the season.
Ohio State is no joke this season and it all starts with Justin Fields. The junior quarterback was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season and he’ll have eight games to prove himself this year. Fields threw for 3,273 yards, 41 touchdowns, and just two interceptions as a sophomore. And oh yeah, he added 10 touchdowns on the ground as well last season.
Ohio State’s offense is going to be one of the best in college football once again after averaging 46.9 points per game in 2019. Head coach Ryan Day has been able to turn the offense into one of the best aerial attacks in the country year in and year out. Coming into this season, Ohio State quarterbacks had thrown 138 touchdown passes since Day took over as offensive coordinator in 2017. That’s the most passing touchdowns of any team in college football.
While Day’s success at Ohio State was immediate, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost has had a tougher go of it. This will be his third season at the helm and he’s still in search of his first winning record in Omaha. Nebraska went 4-8 and 5-7 with a 6-12 Big Ten record in Frost’s first two seasons. Rebuilding a program can be a slow process, but there’s no doubt Nebraska is looking for better results in 2020.
Nebraska is led by its junior quarterback Adrian Martinez who recently had offseason surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Martinez had a down sophomore season after his ridiculously promising freshman year.
When it comes to betting angles, the trends point towards the Buckeyes. Ohio State was 9-5 against the spread last season while Nebraska was just 3-9. Again, the over-under trends are split right down the middle, so that might be something to stay away from.
Ohio State-Nebraska Historical Matchup Stats
There have only been eight all-time meetings between these two historic football schools and Ohio State is dominating the matchup. The Buckeyes are 7-1 all-time and winners of five straight against the Cornhuskers.
Frost is 0-2 against Ohio State since taking over at Nebraska although they did play it close in 2018 by losing 36-31. However, the 2019 meeting between these Big Ten rivals was a 41-point drubbing by Ohio State.
How To Watch Ohio State-Nebraska
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 24
- Time: 12 p.m. ET
- Location: Ohio Stadium (Columbus, OH)
- TV: FOX
Betting Picks and Score Prediction
It’s a gigantic spread, but take Ohio State laying the points. With only eight games to prove to voters that they are worthy of the College Football Playoff, the Buckeyes are going to want to win some games with style. Making a statement in their very first game would be a good way to start things off.
There’s no value to be had on the Ohio State moneyline and if you’re betting on Nebraska to win outright, you must have some kind of death wish. The total points mark is another sketchy bet. We don’t know how much rust each team is going to show when they take the field. There is too much variance to feel confident in taking the over or the under.