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Will Rogers betting OSU -30 points over Maryland on October 7th 2017

Maryland Terrapins vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Point Spread Pick: OSU -30 (October 7th 2017)

The set-up: Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 in Big Ten) will host Maryland (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday. Urban Meyer leads his No. 10 Buckeyes against one of his former assistants for the second week in row, this time around it’s D.J. Durkin. This is Durkin’s second season at Maryland and the Terps opened the season with a win a shocking 51-41 win Texas (+18) and have also added a 31-24 road win at Minnesota last Saturday (as a two-TD dog), to open Big Ten play. Maryland doesn’t appear to be as over-matched as the 6-7 team that was clobbered 62-3 by Ohio State last year. Ohio State is trying to put its 31-16 home loss to Oklahoma behind them, in an effort to climb back into the CFP discussion. Dominating wins over Army, UNLV and Rutgers don’t hurt the Buckeyes’ chances but also don’t help all that much, either.

Maryland: The Terrapins rebounded from a surprising home loss to Central Florida by winning 31-24 at Minnesota last week to open its Big Ten slate. However, let’s note that UCF is 3-0 and currently ranked 25th in the latest AP poll. Sophomore Max Bortenschlager completed 18-of-28 passes for 154 yards and two TDs plus also ran for a score against Minnesota in his first start after the Terrapins’ top two quarterbacks, Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome, went down with season-ending knee injuries. RB Ty Johnson has 411 rushing yards on 8.9 YPC with four TDs, leading a ground game that averages 233.5 YPG (24th) on 5.7 YPC with 12 scores. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 30.0 PPG (92nd) and will be severely tested by an Ohio State offense which has scored 148 points over the last three games since the loss to Oklahoma!

Ohio State: J.T. Barrett ‘laid an egg’ against Oklahoma but has comlalted 71.2 percent for 765 yards with 10 TDs (no INTs over 73 attempts) , while adding 125 rushing yards and another TD in OSU’s three-game winning streak. Freshman RB Dobbins has 573 yards (7.6 YPC) and three TDs on the season, leading a ground game accounting for 241.0 YPG (20th). The defense is holding opponents to 160.0 YPG (16) on 335.6 YPG (34th).

The pick: Barrett has been outstanding the last three games and on the season, has 13 TD passes spread around over nine different players. Freshman J.K. Dobbins has been terrific and now Mike Weber, who ran for 1069 yards last year on 6.0 YP is back, running  for three scores against Rutgers after struggling with hamstring issues. The Ohio State defense has allowed fewer than 100 passing yards in each of the last three games, after averaging 403 in the team’s first two. With all due respect to Bortenschlager, he is the team’s third-team QB. I’ll note that Ohio State is just 6-12 its last 18 laying more than 21 points but Meyer’s Ohio State teams have a 17-1 SU record in October since 2012. He’s shown no mercy against ex-assistant Chris Ash, beating Rutgers 56-0 and 54-0. He took Durkin’s Maryland team ‘to the woodshed’ last year (62-3) and I’ll lay the points, here.

Ohio State vs. Indiana Football Over-Under Pick from Teddy Covers: August 31st 2017

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers
College Football Pick: Under 57.5 points (August 31st 2017)

The Indiana Hoosiers certainly weren’t an Under team in the Kevin Wilson era.  Wilson emphasized pushing the pace on offense, and the Indiana defense paid the price, allowing at least 33 points per game in the first five years that Wilson was in Bloomington.

That all changed last year.  First year defensive coordinator Tom Allen actually had some talent to work with and he crafted a truly dramatic improvement .  After allowing 38 points and 510 yards per game in 2015, the Hoosiers allowed only 27 points and 380 yards per game last year.

The Indiana defense is primed to be even better in 2017.  Allen is now the head coach, and the team has taken a ‘defense first’ mentality throughout camp.  Indiana returns nine starters on their stop unit, seven of them seniors.  Expect the Indiana defense to be improved once again in 2017; their best defense in more than a decade.

Kevin Wilson is now Ohio State’s offensive coordinator, and, surprise, surprise, he’s looking to go uptempo.  As we’ve seen so many times in college football, the first few games in a new, fast paced offense aren’t necessarily pretty to watch, particularly in the red zone.

And let’s not forget how far this offense fell last year with JT Barrett behind center.  Ohio State closed out the season like this: They scored 17 points on 310 yards of offense in a one point win over 3-9 Michigan State.  They scored one TD in regulation against Michigan – on a four yard drive, following a Wolverines fumble.  And then they were shut out by Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.  The talent is there for Wilson and Urban Meyer to work with, but the execution has not been there.  I’m not convinced that changes in Week 1.

While this is Indiana’s best defense in a decade plus, it might be their worst offense in a decade as well.  The Hoosiers suffered major graduation losses on their offensive line, likely to start three sophomores and no seniors.  Their best receiving playmaker, Simmie Cobbs, is awaiting word on a possible suspension after getting arrested over the summer.   It’s ‘running back by committee’, without a standout talent.  And Hoosiers QB Richard Lagow lacks the mobility to scramble out of pressure against the Buckeyes fearsome pass rush.  Put it all together and we can expect a relatively low scoring affair that stays Under the total.  Take the Under.

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College Basketball: Matt Fargo betting Penn St. -1.5 on February 28th 2017

Ohio State vs. Penn State
College Basketball Prediction: Penn St. -1.5 (February 28th 2017)

This is the final home game of the season for Penn St. and while the last home game is never a guaranteed win, a lot of that has to do with opponent and motivation. The Nittany Lions can finish the season over .500 with a victory here and at Iowa on Saturday to likely get into a lesser tournament after the end of the Big Ten Tournament which is a big deal to extend the season and carry it into next year. The Nittany Lions have lost three straight games including a home loss to Purdue in overtime and they have been very good at home despite a 9-6 record that seems pretty average. Penn St. is 4-4 at home in the conference that includes victories over Michigan St., Minnesota and Maryland. Ohio St. does not fall into that group and while the Buckeyes have the same conference record as Penn St., the season is much more disappointing because of lofty expectations that occur every season. The Buckeyes are coming off a home upset over Wisconsin but they are just 4-10 ATS this season following a victory. Additionally, they are just 3-7 on the road with two of those coming in the conference by just four points combined and the other coming at Navy. Play (744) Penn St. Nittany Lions.

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