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Ohio State vs Nebraska Opening Odds – Buckeyes Laying 15.5-Points in Lincoln

Ryan Bolta

by Ryan Bolta in College Football

Updated Oct 31, 2021 · 1:15 PM PDT

Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson outrunning Penn State defensive back during an NCAA College Football game.
Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson, right, outruns Penn State defensive back Ji'Ayir Brown before being pushed out of bounds during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 33-24. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
  • Ohio State (7-1) faces Nebraska (3-6) at Memorial Stadium Saturday at Noon Eastern on Fox
  • All six of Nebraska’s losses have come by one possession
  • Below are the opening odds and team breakdowns to help predict potential line movement prior to kickoff

Nebraska continues to rack up both moral victories and losses as the season moves on.

Next up, the Cornhuskers welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes to Memorial Stadium at noon on Saturday. Ohio State is favored by 15.5, one year after beating Nebraska by 35 points at home. Let’s take a deep dive into both programs to identify any potential line movement prior to kickoff.

Ohio State vs Nebraska Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Ohio State -15.5 (-110) OTB O 63.5 (-110)
Nebraska +15.5 (-110) OTB U 63.5 (-110)

Odds as of October 31st at DraftKings

Buckeyes Continue To Overcome Depth Issues

Ohio State racked up their most impressive win to date, beating Penn State by nine points at home. They failed to cover the number and are now 4-3-1 ATS this season, but it was still a statement win leading into a tougher stretch of games. Quarterback C.J. Stroud was impressive once again and now has 2,270 passing yards with 23 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

Running back TreVeyon Henderson had 28 attempts for 152 rushing yards and one touchdown. The 28 carries were the most of his freshman season and something that’s like to be more common going forward. Both Master Teague and Marcus Crowley were injured and neither are expected to dress against Nebraska. Henderson is one of the best backs in the country, but it’s worth noting the lack of depth behind him with injuries mounting.

The Buckeyes have also been without offensive lineman Harry Miller. His absence has forced Luke Wypler to the center spot and it’s been an issue at times this season. He had three of Ohio State’s seven pre-snap penalties against Penn State and will likely be under center once again on Saturday. The concerns up front haven’t cost the Buckeyes any games but are definitely worth noting when considering the spread and potential line movement.

Nebraska Remains Competitive Despite Poor Record

The hot seat for Scott Frost is anything but frosty at the moment. He’s now 15-26 at Nebraska and 10-22 in Big Ten play. He finished fifth in the West Division each of his first three years with the Cornhuskers but could finish last this season. Despite the mounting losses, his team has actually been very competitive this year. All six losses have been by one possession, leaving them with a 5-4 record ATS.

The Cornhuskers are largely healthy for this one and will once again start Adrian Martinez at quarterback. He has 13 turnovers on the year including four interceptions in Nebraska’s most recent loss to Purdue. The poor play hasn’t changed anything in the eyes of his head coach, who is adamant that Martinez will remain the starting quarterback.

Expect Line Movement Prior To Game

The big favorite has conference championship and college football playoff aspirations, while the home team would love to keep this a one possession game late like they have all season. Injuries and job security don’t appear to be a major issue with either Ohio State or Nebraska.

There may not be a lot of line movement, but expect the Buckeyes to be laying more than 15.5 points by kickoff. If you’re fading Ohio State stay patient, otherwise get your wagers in early.

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