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Nebraska vs Ohio State Betting Lines

What: #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs #12 Ohio State Buckeyes: NCAA Football
When: 8:00pm EST. Saturday, October 6, 2012
Where: Ohio Stadium. Columbus, OH.

One key to college football betting success is being able to identify revenge games that keep young college players seriously motivated. This week’s meeting between the #12 Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0, 2-3 ATS) and #21 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-1, 3-2 ATS) is one that definitely fits that bill.

Last time these teams met up in Lincoln, the Buckeyes held a commanding 21-point lead in the third quarter. But the Cornhuskers put on an offensive clinic and ultimately won the game 34-27. NCAA football teams have long memories, and the Buckeyes will certainly be feeling extra motivated as they take the field in Columbus on Saturday.

Both of these teams have huge fan bases, and the Nebraska vs Ohio State betting lines will be moving right up until game time. Below are the latest betting lines, along with my predictions & free picks for the game.

Nebraska vs Ohio St. Lines: Point Spread, Money Line & Total Odds

Our Nebraska vs Ohio State betting lines are current as of Friday morning at 6:00am EST. For the latest odds, click on either of the links in the table below. Both of these sportsbooks welcome US bettors, offer mobile betting, and accept Visa for deposits. BetOnline posts their NCAAF betting lines earlier, but Bovada offers some of the best live betting on the planet ($1 minimum bets).

BetOnline.com: US Friendly
Bovada.lv: US Friendly
Money Line
Money Line
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Ohio State Buckeyes
+3.5 (-115)
-3.5 (-105)
o57 (-110)
u57 (-110)
+3.5 (-115)
-3.5 (-105)

Nebraska Cornhuskers

+3.5 (-115) at BetOnline.com (U.S. welcome)

The Nebraska Cornhuskers seem to be one of those teams that need time to develop a rhythm, even when they’re playing at home. During last week’s 30-27 win over Wisconsin (3-2, 1-4 ATS) they were sleep walking through the first half, going into halftime trailing the Badgers 20-10.

QB Taylor Martinez (82-121, 1059 yards, 11 TDs, 1 INT, 8 sacks) led the team to a serious second half comeback. Nebraska put up 20 points after halftime while holding the Badgers to just a single TD. It was an impressive effort, but the Buckeyes aren’t likely to be generous handing out TDs on their home turf.

Nebraska’s biggest advantage this week is that fabled, corn-fed defense. They’ve kept the team in games that would have been routs for programs with a lesser D. Wisconsin was only able to rush for 56 yards last week, and put up just 90 yards of total offense in the entire second half.

As much as anything, the Huskers need to heed the old cliche, “play 60 minutes of football.” A sloppy, penalty-ridden first half is a lot tougher to overcome in Columbus than it is in Lincoln.

Ohio State Buckeyes

-3.5 (-105) at BetOnline.com (U.S. welcome)

Thanks to NCAA penalties, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes are playing with a serious chip on their shoulders this season. They’re also itching for revenge against a Nebraska team that seriously embarrassed them last season.

Despite the proper motivation and an unbeaten record, the Buckeyes have been a bit scatterbrained this season. Meyer says he likes the direction their heading though, especially after last week’s 17-16 win over then-#20 Michigan State (3-2, 1-4 ATS).

Ohio State held off a furious Spartan onslaught that forced QB Braxton Miller to cough up the ball three times. Despite MSU’s best efforts, he wound up the day completing 14-24 for 179 yards and a TD.

A bigger problem for Nebraska is going to be the Buckeyes defense. They completely shut down Michigan State’s running game, allowing just 34 rushing yards for the game.

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Nebraska @ Ohio St. Betting Predictions

Revenge is a huge factor in this game and I think Nebraska is in for a challenge. The key for Ohio State will be keeping control of the ball and not submitting to the Cornhusker defense. For Nebraska, they’ll need to get ahead early with a dominant passing game if they hope to stay in the hunt.

Nebraska vs Ohio State Point Spread Pick

The latest Ohio St. point spread is -3.5 (-105) at BetOnline and Bovada, and I’m picking them to cover. Nebraska is a slow starter and that won’t fly in Columbus. I’m thinking the Buckeyes can hold off a second half assault and cover the -3.5 and then some.

Take Ohio St. -3.5 (-105) at BetOnline.com.

If you prefer the Huskers, the point spread is +3.5 (-115) at BetOnline and Bovada.

Cornhuskers vs Buckeyes Money Line Pick

At the time I’m writing this article the Huskers are +140 and the Buckeyes are -160 on the money line at BetOnline. Bovada still hasn’t posted their money lines for this game.

Since I feel good about Ohio State on the point spread, I don’t see any reason to take -160 on the money line. Yeah, I’m giving up 3.5 points, but I’m only paying -105, and I think I’m good right there. For Nebraska, +140 doesn’t look like a good value. On the road at Ohio State, I don’t see value here unless the money line moves to something like +170. My recommendation is to stay away from the Nebraska vs. Ohio St. money line.

Nebraska vs Ohio St. Over/Under (Total) Pick

Quality defenses have kept both of these teams in tight games against real competitors, and I don’t see that changing this week. Even though 57 might seem like a low total, I still like the under. Ohio State is 2-3 on the over/under this year, while Nebraska is 3-1. Ohio State scored 29 against UAB, and 17 against Michigan State, giving up 15 and 16 respectively. Nebraska’s defense can be hit or miss, but even if they give up 30, they would have to score 28+ for the over to win. I’m looking at a total in the range of 27-23 (50) up to 33-27 (60), giving us more winning unders.

My pick is for the under of 57 (-110) at BetOnline.com.

This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.

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