College Football Picks: Ohio vs. Buffalo

Jeff Grant

Monday, November 4, 2013 1:19 PM GMT

The Buffalo Bulls have benefited greatly from an extraordinary turnover margin, but may have a tough time creating such opportunities against the Ohio Bobcats Tuesday. Where have we decided to place our money for this matchup?

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Mid-American Conference matchup at UB Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Scoring points

Ohio will be searching for its third straight game with 40 points-or-more for the first time since the 2000 season, as it scored 97 combined points in picking up a pair of victories over Miami Ohio and Eastern Michigan.  

In the Bobcats’ last three games, quarterback Tyler Tettleton has completed 72.6 percent of his passes for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns with just three interceptions.

Tettleton currently holds nine school records, including passing yards, completions and most touchdowns.

Streaking

Buffalo has put together a six-game winning streak since starting off the season with back-to-back losses on the road to Baylor and Ohio State.  The Bulls return home after picking up a 41-21 victory over Kent State as three-point favorites on Oct. 26.

The Bulls have already scored 32 touchdowns during the season—matching last year’s total with four games still remaining on its schedule.

It’s important to point out that the program hasn’t played a game on Tuesday the last two-plus seasons.

Sacks

College football handicappers will want to keep a close eye on the sack total for each team during live betting, considering the Bobcats rank second nationally in that particular category, while their opponent has one of the best defensive players in the country.

Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack owns the school record with 25 career sacks, but he’ll be facing off with a Bobcats’ offensive line that has allowed just six sacks through eight games.

Turnover margin

There’s no question that the Bulls have benefited greatly in tallying a plus-15 turnover margin in 2013—a mark that includes a 12-0 edge against conference opponents.

Ohio has taken great care of the football with Tettleton under center, as he was one of four returning signal-callers this year that threw for 15 or more touchdowns and had four or less interceptions a season ago.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bobcats for their college football pick, as the underdog has covered the number in five of the last six meetings.

Ohio has been favored by an average of 13 points in its last three games against Buffalo—providing the road underdog with plenty of value in this primetime affair.

College Football Pick: Ohio Bobcats +4