Northwestern vs. Ohio State - 10/18/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) at Northwestern Wildcats (1-4)
College Football: Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8:30 pm (Ryan Field)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +27.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Northwestern Wildcats meet Friday in college football action at the Ryan Field.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look to improve to 7-0 on the season and remain in the CFB Playoff conversation. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won their last four road games. Justin Fields is completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 1,298 yards, 18 touchdowns and one interception. Fields has three or more touchdown passes in four of the first six games. Binjimen Victor and KJ Hill have combined for 623 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Chris Olave has 16 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 288.5 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 826 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 8.8 points and 234 yards per game. Jordan Fuller leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 32 tackles, Chase Young has 8.5 sacks and Jeff Okudah has three interceptions.
The Northwestern Wildcats look for a big upset victory to snap a three-game losing streak. The Northwestern Wildcats have won four of their last six home games. Hunter Johnson is completing 48.3 percent of his passes for 367 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Johnson and Aidan Smith have combined for eight interceptions this season. Bennett Skowronek and Riley Lees have combined for 280 receiving yards on 31 catches while JJ Jefferson has 10 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 152.4 yards per contest, and Drake Anderson leads the way with 366 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 19.8 points and 318.8 yards per game. Travis Whillock leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 44 tackles, Joe Gaziano has 3.5 sacks and Paddy Fisher has one interception.
The Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a bye week, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 22-7-1 ATS in their last 30 conference games. The Buckeyes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 games overall. The over is 9-4 in Buckeyes last 13 road games.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have covered each of their last five games as a double-digit favorite. The Northwestern Wildcats are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a double-digit underdog. Ohio State has done nothing but beat the hell out teams this season and you could argue they've been the most impressive team up to this point and are probably worth a further bet given the price. However, Northwestern is one of those teams that rarely gets love from oddsmakers but usually shows up in the underdog role. Not only has Northwestern covered 11 of its last 15 games as a double-digit underdog, but its four losses this season have been decided by an average of 10.75 points. The Northwestern Wildcats are well coached and hang around. Give me the points.