Ohio State Nebraska Spread and Over Under Pick – Week 6

The top matchup in the Big 10 for week 6 of the 2010 college football season features the Ohio St. Buckeyes (3-2) traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska this Saturday night (8:00pm ET) to take on the 15th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1). OSU lost 10-7 in the Horseshoe to a rugged Michigan St. team last week to open Big 10 play with a loss as they were favored by 3 points. Nebraska dropped their first ever Big 10 tilt in Madison to Wisconsin by a score of 48-17 as the Badgers easily covered the 9.5 point line.

The Buckeyes have struggled mightily on offense this season, the passing game under quarterback Joe Bauserman especially so ranking an anemic 111th among FBs teams with 154 yards per game. The Buckeyes 23.8 points per game ranks 91st in the nation, and there is a noticeable lack of big play threats with running back Dan Herron and wide receiver DeVier Posey still out serving their suspensions for the tattoo scandal. Last week against MSU, they did not score until only en seconds remained in the game. Starting receiver Verlon Reed is out for the season with a knee injury suffered last week. On defense OSU has been more than respectable, allowing 14.8 PPG (11th among FBS teams) and 285.2 YPG (13th among FBS Teams). Offensive lineman Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Berry are eligible to come back Saturday from their suspensions. Nebraska is foremost a running team on offense, averaging 249.8 YPG rushing (9th among FBS teams), and their anemic passing game with QB Taylor Martinez (168.4 YPG) made it impossible for them to come back from a large deficit against Wisconsin.

Ohio St. vs. Nebraska Spread, Line and Betting Odds:

Spread:

Ohio St. Buckeyes +11
@Nebraska Cornhuskers -11

Game Total:

Over 44 (-110)
Under 44 (-110)

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Alabama vs. Ohio St. Pick:

The Buckeyes are 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 road games. The under is 7-1 on OSU’s last 8 games overall, and 9-1-2 in their last 12 road games. The under is 16-5 in Nebraska’s last 21 games in October and 14-6 in their last 20 home games. There have been no recent meetings between the two longtime powerhouse programs.

Defensively the Huskers have struggled against both the run and the pass, allowing 27.2 PPG (73rd nationally) and ranking in the middle of the pack (64th) in total defense with 377 YPG allowed. They had by far their worst game of the season against Wisconsin, allowing 486 yards and 48 points, the most since giving up 62 to Oklahoma in November of 2008. Martinez did not help his cause by throwing 3 interceptions against Wisconsin, and he is not likely to break out against an OSU secondary that has allowed only 191.6 YPG through the air this season. The Buckeyes are also coming off of a woeful effort, gaining 178 total yards against Michigan St. which was their lowest output since 2004. The Buckeyes will struggle on offense no matter who is under center freshman Braxton Miller or Bauserman, with no running game or receiving threat to take the pressure off they will be hard-pressed to score points in Lincoln where the Huskers will be eager to avenge last week’s debacle and earn their first Big 10 victory. The Huskers will likely stick to a conservative game plan on offense, knowing that OSU cannot put up much of a fight offensively and that any mistake Martinez makes could open the door for the Buckeyes to make a game of it. The recent trends for both teams favors the under, and the play to make in this game is the under. OSU may struggle to put up any points at all, and Nebraska will earn every point they get against the Buckeyes’ stout defensive unit.

PICK = Under 44