While Justin Fields is off to the NFL, the Buckeyes return some of the best skill-position talent in all of college football. What the Gophers lack in recruiting stars they tend to make up for in keeping possessions and playing as mistake-free as possible with Tanner Morgan at the helm. This should be a good one to see where both teams stand in their post-Covid roster construction.
Updated SP+ per team
Ohio State: 4 (1 Offense, 27 Defense)
Minnesota: 24 (14 Offense, 50 Defense)
Injury update for both teams
DE Tyler Friday out for season (knee)
S Jaylen Johnson out for season (knee)
S Marcus Hooker out (suspended)
WR Chris Autman-Bell is probable (leg)
Well, #Gophers WR Chris Autman-Bell just came up and he is DRESSED and starting to warm up.— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) September 2, 2021
we'll see if it means anything
Ohio State -14 (+100)
Total 63.5 (Over -105)
Bet Splits from DraftKings Sportsbook
Ohio State: 94% of handle, 91% of bets
Over: 30% of handle, 41% of bets
Offense 2, Defense 3, Team 2
Offense 54, Defense 52, Team 54
Team 50% (128th of 130), Offense 52%, Defense 49%
Team 89% (17th of 130), Offense 87%, Defense 91%
Some terrible weather in a Week 1 game with a new-look offense for Ohio State? And a Minnesota team that will want to do everything they can to limit possessions with the massively-experienced Tanner Morgan at the helm? This looks like the perfect spot to Row The Boat .. into deep water .. for PJ Fleck, and hope to get an extra possession or two to try and grind it out to be close in the fourth quarter.
Nine touchdowns will be tough to come by in this one with a wet everything. We’ll go under.
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