The Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-5) head east to face the Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0) riding a two-game losing streak. The Gophers lost to Illinois by a single point two weeks ago and then got routed, 49-30, at Purdue a week ago. The Gophers gave up 604 yards of total offense – including 353 on the ground – in the loss. Minnesota had started the season 2-0 but dropped their next two. Wins over Iowa and Michigan State had them at 5-3, but then they dropped the next two – to schools with losing records. Bowl eligibility will now require either a quixotic victory against the Buckeyes or a win over Wisconsin in the regular season finale. Let’s break down this Big Ten matchup between Minnesota vs Ohio State as you plan your sports betting for the college football weekend.
College Football Minnesota Golden Gophers at #3 Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Odds
When: Saturday, November 18, 2023, 4:00 pm ET
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: No National Broadcast
Live Stream: ESPN+
Why should you bet on the Minnesota Golden Gophers?
Minnesota has earned bowl eligibility in four of their last five seasons, so this is a team that is accustomed to competing in the Big Ten. Quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis has struggled, though, completing just 52.2% of his pass attempts with a 13:7 TD:INT ratio and 1,582 passing yards. His top two targets have been Corey Crooms Jr and Daniel Jackson, who have seven touchdown catches and 1,015 receiving yards between them. On the ground, Minnesota runs for 160.4 yards per game led by Darius Taylor who has 591 yards and four scores.
The defense has been a bit porous this season, permitting 25.8 points per game along with 364 yards. The top tackler has been Maverick Baranowski with 52. Danny Striggow has six sacks, and Tyler Nubin has four picks. The road has not been kind to Minnesota in November, as they have dropped their last seven away games against ranked teams in the month of Thanksgiving. They are also just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against ranked teams.
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Why should you put your money on the Ohio State Buckeyes?
Kyle McCord continues to put up mammoth numbers for the Ohio State offense this year. He has a 66.3% pass completion rate, a 20:4 TD:INT rate, and 2,687 passing yards. Cade Stover and Marvin Harrison Jr have combined to catch 16 touchdown passes and pick up 1,571 receiving yards. The Buckeyes run for 138.6 yards per game behind 648 yards and eight scores from TreVeyon Henderson.
The defense has been absolutely stifling, permitting just 9.9 points per contest. Tommy Eichenberg is the top tackler with 73, and J.T. Tuimoloau already has four sacks on the year. The Buckeyes have a 47-game home winning streak against teams outside the top 25, and they have a four-game winning streak against the spread at home right now. In Big Ten play, they have won the first half in 19 of their last 20 home games. Can they beat Minnesota by four touchdowns, though? Well, the Golden Gophers are just 113th in total offense and 102nd in scoring among FBS programs.
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Minnesota vs Ohio State Final Score and Prediction
Ohio State has beaten four schools by four touchdowns or more: Youngstown State (35-7), Western Kentucky (63-10), Purdue (41-7), and Michigan State (38-3). They could have beaten Rutgers by that many, but the Buckeyes got off to a slow start in the first half on the road. I don’t see them getting off to a slow start against Minnesota as they look to keep making their case for the top ranking in the College Football Playoff standings. I predict a final score of Ohio State 45, Minnesota 13.
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