College Football Pick ATS - Nebraska vs Ohio State - Week 10

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Willie Bee

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:59 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 6:59 PM UTC

Heavy underdogs on the NCAA football odds, Nebraska looks to avoid its 2nd-straight loss when the Cornhuskers travel to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Season: 17-18-3 (-2.10)

With just one conference loss each, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Ohio State Buckeyes are still very much in the Big Ten Championship picture. Since those defeats are the only setback either has, the Cornhuskers and Buckeyes maintain hopes for the College Football Playoffs as well.

The loser of this Saturday's affair in Columbus can kiss both chances goodbye. ABC's broadcast gets underway at 8 PM (ET) from Ohio Stadium, and the sports books are in agreement that loser will be Nebraska as Ohio State opened -15 at 5Dimes, the spread dropping a couple of points early but just as quickly shooting back up to -17.

Scoreboard bettors are looking at 52½ across the board for the total, with no movement at all in the early going.


Both Offenses Coming Off Sluggish Performances

Nebraska (7-1 straight up, 5-2-1 against the spread) just suffered its first loss, dropping a 23-17 decision at Wisconsin last week though the Cornhuskers put up a good enough effort to cover as 8½ point underdogs on the NCAA football odds. The Badgers held the 'Huskers to just over 300 yards of offense, easily their lowest total of the season with QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. having a horrible day (12-31, 2 INT).

If there was any good news to come out of the defeat, it was no new injuries to report, though the Cornhuskers will still be without senior tight end Cethan Carter (elbow) who has missed the last three contests.

After being upset as a 17½ point favorite two weeks ago at Penn State, Ohio State (7-1 SU, 4-4 ATS) did bounce back with a win last Saturday in a lackluster showing at best. Favored by 26 at home vs. Northwestern, the Buckeyes barely had enough to hold on for a 24-20 triumph over the Wildcats. JT Barrett completed 21 of 32 passes for 223 yards, but OSU had trouble turning yardage into scores.


Teams Meeting For 1st Time In 4 Years

It's just the fifth time these two storied football programs have met, two of those clashes coming 60+ years ago and the last two since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. The Buckeyes own a 3-1 advantage in the four previous games, Saturday's collision the first in four years. So far, they have exchanged home wins as conference foes, Ohio State covering each time and both games going 'over' the totals.

Rain is expected in the Columbus area on Thursday and Friday, but it will clear out and leave some really nice football weather behind. Expect the thermometer to be in the mid-50s at the boot and falling to the upper-40s by the end of the contest, a clear and starry sky above the Horseshoe with a light NW breeze.

The way they've played the last couple of weeks, it's tough to lay this many points with a free college football pick on the Buckeyes, but that's exactly what I'm going to do in what I expect will be a runaway OSU victory.

Free College Football Pick: Ohio State -17 Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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