Ohio State vs Northwestern odds, line: Big Ten Championship picks, predictions from expert who’s 10-0 on Buckeyes games
Ohio State is seeking a third conference title this decade when it faces Northwesternon Saturday at 8 p.m. ET in the Big Ten Championship Game at Indianapolis. The No. 6 Buckeyes will be under strong consideration for the four-team College FootballPlayoff if they secure the Big Ten Championship. However, the No. 21 Wildcats would love to play spoiler and cap their standout season with a first conference title since 2000.
The Buckeyes are 14.5-point sportsbook favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 61 in the latest Ohio State vs. Northwestern odds. Before you make any Ohio State vs. Northwestern picks and predictions for the Big 10 Championship Game, check out what SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh has to say. The renowned co-founder of AccuScore, Oh simulates each game 10,000 times using his advanced analytics. Oh is widely regarded as an industry pioneer in using advanced statistical analysis to create accurate sports simulations and projections.
Oh has had another winning season for SportsLine members in college football. What’s more, he has had an especially keen eye for the tendencies of Ohio State, boasting a perfect 10-0 mark in against the spread picks involving the Buckeyes. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Just last week, he advised SportsLine members that the Buckeyes (+5) would continue their dominance of the Wolverines and recommended a strong play on the home underdog. The result: Ohio State led wire-to-wire, and anyone who followed Oh’s advice booked an easy winner.
Now, he has analyzed Northwestern vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship 2018 from every possible angle and released a confident point-spread selection that’s only available at SportsLine.
Oh knows the Buckeyes will be eager to capitalize on an opportunity to reach the College Football Playoff following an uneven season that included a blowout loss at Purdue and a near-upset at Maryland two weeks ago.
But coach Urban Meyer’s club answered the call when it mattered most, putting up 62 points and 567 yards on the nation’s top-ranked defense. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Co. had no trouble moving the ball against Michigan’s vaunted unit, as they proved with three long first-half touchdown drives. Meanwhile, Ohio State’s defense, which had been shredded by the Boilermakers and Terrapins, forced two turnovers to halt Michigan’s comeback attempts. The Wolverines gained most of their 401 yards in the second half with the outcome well in hand.
The Wildcats had modest projections and their outlook was bleak following a 1-3 start that included a 20-17 home loss to Michigan in which they dominated most of the way. However, they responded by winning seven straight Big Ten games to run away with the West Division by three games. Their Big Ten schedule included outright wins as underdogs against Purdue, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Northwestern has thrived with its signature formula of efficient offense, led by senior quarterback Clayton Thorson, and a gritty defense that has yielded fewer than 18 points to its last five conference opponents.
We can tell you Oh is leaning toward the Under, but his analytics have generated a much stronger play on the spread. He has crunched the numbers and discovered a crucial X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.
Who covers in Ohio State vs. Northwestern? And what crucial X-factor causes one side of the spread to hit hard? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side you need to jump all over Saturday, all from a data scientist who’s a blistering 10-0 on his picks involving the Buckeyes, and find out.