Ohio State Buckeyes at Illinois Fighting Illini 11/16/13 - Free College Football Picks, Odds, & Predictions
CFB: 12:00 PM EST November 16, 2013 TV: ESPN
There are some games in a football season where teams just have to go through a match to get to the next phase that matters. In the case of Saturday's contest between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Illinois Fighting Illini, their game is just such a match. The Buckeyes have been dominating their season and opponents with a record of 9-0.
When the two teams are measured up side-by-side in terms of performance, the story becomes even far more bleak for Illinois. Except for passing yards, Ohio State Buckeyes take over just about every category of play, leaving crumbs for the Illini to claim their own.
The last time Illinois had a good game against the Buckeyes was in 2007. Ever since then it's been one loss after another season after season against the Buckeyes. Given the stats and season records so far, 2013 doesn't look like it's going to be much different from the trend in terms of who is going to be the winner this coming weekend.
Recent Betting Trends:
Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Illinois.
Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Fighting Illini are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Free Betting Pick: Ohio State -32
Buckeyes are in a spot where they need to not only win out but they need to win in blowout fashion. Last two wins by OSU were by an average of 52.5 points and think for third straight week Buckeyes win in blowout. Illinois is just terrible and hate to say it but it looks like Fighting Illini have quit on this season. Final Score Prediction, Ohio State Buckeyes win in blowout 49-9.