College football betting lines have Ohio State a two-touchdown favorite on Saturday as they host Illinois.
The Buckeyes are normally home favorites in college football odds at home but they don’t always cover the sportsbook number. This game, which features quarterbacks Juice Williams and Terrelle Pryor, can be seen on ABC.
College football betting lines at the sports book have Ohio State favored by 14 points in this game. The two quarterbacks in this game get a lot of press but neither has really done much in terms of winning big games. Juice Williams has been around it seems like forever and can break the Illinois career total offense record if he gets 171 yards against the Buckeyes. The way Illinois wins in college football odds is by running the ball. The Illini are second in the Big Ten and 13th in the nation in rushing yards per game at 247.
Saturday’s college football betting lines meeting between Illinois and Ohio State is the 96th meeting between the two teams, dating back to 1902. The Buckeyes hold the 61-30-4 lead in the series and they also lead 26-18-4 in Columbus. Illinois has won three the last four meetings in college football betting lines against the Buckeyes in Columbus. The last time they played in Columbus it was Illinois upsetting the Buckeyes 28-21, two years ago in college football odds.
Ohio State has dominated this series overall but recently that has not been the case. The Buckeyes are just 10-9 in the last 19 college football betting line meetings. The last eight games in college football betting lines have been close with Illinois winning three times in Columbus.
The Illini have faced a ranked Ohio State team a total of 36 times and they are 11-25 in those games. Last year in college football betting lines the Illini outgained the Buckeyes by over 100 yards. Illinois has rushed for over 200 yards in each of the last two meeting with OSU. In the last two years combined, Juice Williams has thrown for six touchdown passes and just one interception against the Buckeyes in college football betting lines.
Illinois is coming into this game in college football betting lines off a bye and they are 11-12 previously following a bye week. The Illini are 3-6 vs. Top-25 opponents over the past three seasons in college football betting lines at the sportsbook
Illinois has been a solid road underdog in college football betting lines as they are 6-2 ATS the last time in that situation. The Buckeyes are 2-7 against the college football odds in their last 9 home games.