As we get into the Ohio State-Purdue betting odds, I would be remiss if I did not mention that Purdue has knocked off a pair of top five teams this season. They went into Iowa City and beat then-No. 2 Iowa, 24-7, and followed that up two weeks later by ending Michigan State’s dream of an undefeated season in West Lafayette.
They are the Giant Killers of College Football.
This is what they do.
And there is no bigger Giant in the Big Ten than the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Now, what I will say is this: Purdue also still has a chance to win the Big Ten title. They are in second place in the Big Ten West, and while it is going to be something of a miracle to get done, hope is not lost, not yet, anyway.
All the pressure is going to be on the other sideline. Ohio State has not looked great over the course of the last two games, and they are now entering the toughest part of their schedule, with Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State left. A loss not only eliminates them from CFB Playoff contention, but it will cost them the Big Ten East for the first time in the post-Urban Meyer era.
Longtime college sports writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 and The Field of 12 Network is here to break down the tantalizing matchup and provide the Ohio State-Purdue betting odds for Week 11 of the college football season.
Until then, as a NCAA fan, you can check NFL betting odds and get ready to place a bet at BetRivers.
WEEK 7 BETTING ODDS: WEEKEND GUIDE
OHIO STATE-PURDUE BETTING ODDS:
No. 19 PURDUE (6-3) at No. 4 OHIO STATE (8-1)
GAME: 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX)
MONEYLINE: Ohio State (-1600), Purdue (+850)
SPREAD: OHIO STATE (-20.5)
OHIO STATE-PURDUE PREDICTION:
Where Purdue thrives this season is through the air.
Last week, Aiden O’Connell threw the ball 54 times. 54! So much for a quarterback platoon. Jeff Brohm seems to have settled on his guy, and he’s having success thanks, in large part, to David Bell, who has developed into one of the best wide receivers in football. He had 11 catches for 217 yards and a touchdown in the win over Michigan State. He had 11 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown in the win over Iowa. When he gets going, Purdue gets going.
So I guess, in theory, that is a good thing in this matchup.
Because if there is one place that this Buckeye team tends to struggle, it is through the air on the defensive side of the ball. You can throw on them, and I fully expect the Boilermakers to showcase that on Saturday. Now, the truth is this: Ohio State completely outclasses Purdue. They are a different level of team, better than either of the two top three wins the Boilers currently have to their name. That said, I fully expect Brohm’s team to be able to have success moving the ball and keeping pace with the Buckeyes for a little while, enough that CJ Stroud and company have to keep their foot on the gas well into the second half.
That’s why I like the over in this spot.
We know we’re going to get points from Ohio State, and I do believe we’re going to see Purdue put up some points as well.