The Ohio State Buckeyes and Indiana Hoosiers will battle for the top spot in the Big Ten East on Saturday at noon ET in Columbus. Both teams are unbeaten with Indiana at 4-0 and Ohio State at 3-0. The winner will have the inside track to advance to the conference title game from the East.
So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
Ohio State comes into this game as 20.5 point favorites, and Indiana is getting a ton of the action on its side as the road underdogs. Of all the bets placed on the point spread of this game, 83% of wagers are coming in on the Hoosiers as well as 77% of the handle.
Is the public right? No. Indiana has been a fun story getting to 4-0 and cracking the top 10, but the Hoosiers are nowhere near at top-10 team when you look at the numbers. The Hoosiers check in at No. 26 in the SP+, and the offense is averaging 5.1 yards per play, which ranks 95th in the country. The Hoosiers will not be able to keep up with Ohio State offensively.
The point total rests at 67.5, and the public loves the over as the public tends to do. Over bets are getting taken 83% of the time in this matchup with 74% of the handle.
Is the public right? No. Again, I will be going against the public with the main matchup being the Indiana offense against the Ohio State defense. The Hoosiers have benefited from getting short fields this season, and they’ve taken advantage of it. That won’t be so easy against Ohio State, which has turned the ball over just twice this season in three games.
Ohio State is getting -1115 odds to win this game on the moneyline, while Indiana pulling off the upset would get the Hoosiers +650 odds. Sixty-three percent of the bets are on the Buckeyes, but 65% of the handle is going to the Hoosiers.
Is the public right? The majority of bettors are correct, but the money is going in the wrong direction. I’m not sure why you would risk an Ohio State loss for little reward, but betting against the Buckeyes is basically throwing your money away. We advise against that. Ohio State will win this game.
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