Ohio at Northwestern: 9/25/21 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Northwestern Wildcats (1-2) vs Ohio Bobcats (0-3)
Game Info: Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Ryan Field)
Betting Odds: Northwestern Wildcats -14.5 -- Over/Under: 48 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Ohio Bobcats and Northwestern Wildcats face off on Saturday in a Week 4 college football showdown at Ryan Field. When these two teams faced off in 2008, Northwestern won 16-8.
The Ohio Bobcats have gotten out to a terrible start to the season losing each of their first three games. The biggest issue for Ohio has been with their offense, and in the last game against Louisiana, they lost 49-14. Under center for Ohio is Kurtis Rourke, and he doesn’t look like he is the answer at quarterback. Against Louisiana, Rourke completed 10 of his 20 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, Ohio has rushed for 385 total yards, and a balanced attack will be important. Ohio is averaging 16.3 points per game while their defense is giving up 35.3 points per game.
On the other side of this matchup is the Northwestern Wildcats who have gotten out to a slow start losing two of their first three games. The only win came against FCS level Indiana State 24-6 and the two losses came against Michigan State and Duke. At halftime against Duke, Northwestern was trailing 30-7 at halftime, and although they made it a contest in the second half it wasn’t enough as they lost by seven points. Hunter Johnson was the starting quarterback to start the season, but he was replaced in the last game by Andrew Marty who played well throwing two touchdowns. It’s unclear in this game who Northwestern will start.
Ohio is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games overall. Northwestern is 8-3-1 against the spread in their last 12 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Ohio’s last five games. The under is 10-2-1 in Northwestern’s last 13 games against the MAC.
The biggest problem for both teams heading into this game is with their offense, and I don’t think either team will magically find it in this game. Look for poor quarterback play by both teams, especially Ohio, and that will lead to a low scoring game. Back the under.