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The point spread for Saturday afternoon’s Big Ten game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Illinois Fighting Illini opened up at -4 on Sunday evening in favor of the Illini at BetOnline Sportsbook. As of Thursday morning, the line has been bet down to -3.5. The total opened up at 43 and has moved up to 44. Right now, 75% of the betting public is on Illinois and 70% are on the under. To help you better decide who to bet, take a look at these trends for tonight.
Buckeyes are 22-4-1 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Buckeyes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
Fighting Illini are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in October.
Fighting Illini are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 conference games.
Under is 5-1 in Buckeyes last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 9-2-2 in Buckeyes last 13 road games.
Over is 7-0 in Fighting Illini last 7 conference games.
Over is 8-3 in Fighting Illini last 11 games as a home favorite.
Home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Buckeyes are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
My Prediction: Illinois looks to keep their perfect season going and end their 3 game losing streak to Ohio State. Buckeye fans need to start worrying whether or not this team can become Bowl eligible. A win at Illinois this week would all but assure another Bowl season for the Buckeyes as they still get to play Indiana and Purdue. Illinois’ 9th ranked rush defense will give the Buckeyes fits on Saturday, cause turnovers, and enable the Illini to win the field position battle and cruise to an easy win over Ohio State.