College Football Picks: Ohio State vs. Purdue Betting Preview

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:17 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 6:17 PM GMT

Although OSU never loses, their on the outside looking in, currently ranked number 4 in the AP Poll. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, 12:00 pm ET at the Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Ohio State Buckeyes have the BCS Championship picture on their minds as they face the lowly Purdue Boilermakers and are on a 20 game winning streak. 

5 Dimes Sportsbook lists the Buckeyes as a heavy 32 point betting favorite and the total for the game is 56.5.

Don’t Look Too Far Ahead

Despite being totally outclassed, the Boilermakers have beaten the Buckeyes the last two times that these teams have met on Purdue’s home field and lost a thriller to OSU at Ohio Stadium last season in OT, 29-22. Can the Boilermakers shock the world? This would be one of the biggest upsets in the last few decades if Purdue could pull it off.

Nowhere To “Hyde”

Ever since Northwestern almost knocked off the Buckeyes at home, the Wildcats have went on a tailspin and lost 4 straight games while senior running back, Carlos Hyde, has been on a tear. Hyde was a workhorse in the Northwestern game, taking tons of punishment while propelling Ohio State to the 40-30 victory.

In his last 3 games, Hyde has rushed for 464 yards and 7 touchdowns at almost 7 yards per carry. Purdue must contain Hyde on the defensive end and make Braxton Miller try to beat them. It seems unlikely as Hyde is making a great case in getting drafted in a better position than first appeared in the 2014 NFL Draft. Look for Hyde to beat up on a defense that allows 34.4 points per game.

Mistake Free Football

OSU quarterback Braxton Miller is the other reason why the Buckeyes have been so dominant. Miller is a double threat that doesn’t make mistakes. On the season, he’s thrown for 11 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions while rushing for 321 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last 4 games. His collective 5 touchdowns in all are a good reason why Ohio State crushed Penn State 63-14 last week. Expect Miller and Hyde to set the tone and run up and down the field on a vulnerable Boilermakers defense which will get little rest.

Be sure to check out the Betting Odds Report for Week 9

Lack of Productivity

Think about the fact that Ohio State scored 63 points on a good Penn State team and Purdue averages just 13.1 points and 76 rushing yards per game offensively; this game is going to be a massacre! The Boilermakers held a very good Michigan State team to just 14 points in their last game and just 294 yards total. The problem is Purdue’s inability to move the ball offensively and put points on the scoreboard.

Purdue has scored just 3 rushing touchdowns all season and don’t have a running back over 300 yards on the season. The Boilermakers will be looking for running back Akeem Hunt to carry the load. Hunt leads the team in rushing and can catch out of the backfield. On the season, he has 239 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. In order to beat the offense of Ohio State, Hunt will have to produce his season’s statistics in one game and that might not be enough.

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Outcome

Ignore past history, Ohio State is going to put a beating on Purdue as they look to improve their chances in getting in the top 2 in the AP Poll for our college football picks. This is a statement game and Urban Meyer is the best coach in college football.

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