The Ohio State Buckeyes won their season opener Saturday against Buffalo, but couldn’t cover the spread as big favorites.
This week, they are big chalk again, this time against a San Diego State team coming off a loss to an FCS squad.
Can the Buckeyes, who are on a 1-6 ATS run as double-digit favorites, cover the big number? Or can the Aztecs put on a little better showing than they did last Saturday against Eastern Illinois?
Most college football betting shops monitored by OddsShark.com were chalking Ohio State, ranked No. 2 in this week’s USA Today poll, at -29 over San Diego State, with a total of 54. OddsShark’s prediction computer spit out a 50-9 result for this game.
Ohio State jumped out to a 23-0 first-quarter lead Saturday against Buffalo, but allowed the Bulls to pull within 30-20 early in the third quarter. The Buckeyes then tacked on 10 points from there but couldn’t cover the spread as 34-point home chalk.
The Aztecs, meanwhile, got upset last Saturday by Eastern Illinois 40-19, losing outright as 14-point home favorites. San Diego State gave up 533 yards of offense to the Panthers, 361 yards through the air.
That game was tied at 19 midway through the third quarter, but the Aztecs got out-scored 21-0 from there. San Diego State gave up three long offensive scores Saturday and had a punt returned for a touchdown.
The Aztecs also took a hit Saturday when RB Adam Muema, who ran for 1,400 yards last year, sprained an ankle in the second quarter…
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