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October 06, 2007

College Football Betting - (4) Ohio State Buckeyes at (23) Purdue Boilermakers 8:00 PM EST

Ohio State is currently a 7-point road favorite with a game total of 52 at Bookmaker.com.

Todd Boeckman, QB of Ohio StateThe fourth-ranked (5-0) Ohio State Buckeyes face off against the 23rd-ranked (5-0) Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten showdown of undefeated teams.

The Buckeyes won their first two Big Ten games scoring 88 total points, while only giving up 14, surrendered just 36 total points so far this season.

Ohio State is averaging 35.8 points per game on offense this season with 423.2 total yards per game. On the other side of the ball, they are giving up an average of just 7.2 points per game allowing 197.6 yards, with just 55 coming from the ground. 

Todd Boeckman leads the Buckeyes offense completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns, with only three interceptions this season.

The Buckeyes top receiver Brian Robiskie has made 25 catches for 530 yards and six touchdowns this season. Chris Wells leads the rushing attack with 540 yards and five touchdowns.

Purdue is averaging 45.4 points per game and 495.8 total yards per game, numbers that are sure to get the attention of even the best opponents.

The Boilermakers quarterback Curtis Painter has been outstanding through the first five games this year completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,542 yards with only three interceptions.

WR Dorien Bryant has already made 40 catchers for 450 yards and four touchdowns. Kory Sheets leads Purdue in rushing with 515 yards and five touchdowns while averaging close to 6 yards per carry.

The Boilermakers five opponents so far this season have averaged 20.4 points per game and 384.4 total yards per game.

Tonight will be the first meeting for these teams since 2004. Purdue won that game 24-17 at home.

Ohio State is 5-0 straight up and 2-2 against the spread. Purdue is 5-0 straight up and 2-1-1 against the spread. The OU is 2-2 for both teams this season.

Other Trends

Ohio State is 5-0 SU in the last 5 games on the road. Ohio State is 6-2 SU in the last 8 games when playing Purdue. Ohio State is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games when playing Purdue.

Purdue is 10-2 SU in the last 12 games at home. Purdue is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games when playing Ohio State. Purdue is 2-6 SU in the last 8 games when playing Ohio State.

Sportscapper Island Pick

The Boilermakers have been lights out on the offensive side of the ball so far this season. The Buckeyes are not too far away on O.
 
The difference here is that Ohio State's defense is one of the strongest in the country. Defense should be the determining factor tonight as Ohio State contains the Purdue offense for the road victory and covers the 7.

Prediction: Ohio State 31 Purdue 20

Be sure to visit the college football betting forum to share your opinions on tonight's game.

- Tommy of Sportscapper Island


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