Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Ohio State Buckeyes, Week 12 Las Vegas Odds, Picks, Predictions and College Football Sports Betting

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Illinois at Ohio State, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 18, 2017
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Ohio State -41
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Illinois Fighting Illini +40½ -105 Ov 53½ -110
Ohio State Buckeyes -40½ -115 Un 53½ -110
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The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Ohio Stadium.

ABOUT ILLINOIS (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten): Meyer told reporters the Illini’s defensive line “catches your attention” and senior James Crawford has put up the best numbers on that unit with four sacks and three forced fumbles while junior linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips tops the team with 72 tackles. Sophomore quarterback Jeff George Jr. is coming off one of his best games with 261 yards and a pair of touchdown passes versus Indiana. Freshman wideout Ricky Smalling (28 catches, 488 yards) and freshman tight end Louis Dorsey (18, 332) have stepped up after injuries gave them the spotlight.

ABOUT OHIO STATE (8-2, 6-1): Barrett has still had an outstanding senior season with 2,557 yards passing – moving within 62 of 9,000 in his career – and 30 touchdown passes along with seven scores on the ground. Freshman J.K. Dobbins has led the ground attack with 1,038 yards and five touchdowns while sophomore Mike Weber (437, seven) was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after gaining 162 on nine carries in the 48-3 win over Michigan State. The Buckeyes boast three players with 400 yards receiving, 10 with at least 100 and 11 with a TD reception.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Buckeyes as -40½ point favorites versus the Fighting Illini , while the game’s total is sitting at 53½ according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42

Although there is still a scenario that can get eighth-ranked Ohio State into the College Football Playoff, the Buckeyes must first take care of their own business that starts with a home Big Ten battle against improving Illinois on Saturday afternoon. Ohio State, which is ninth in the CFP rankings, sandwiched big wins over Penn State and Michigan State with a damaging loss to Iowa and now must win out while hoping for help.

“Especially when you guys talk to the players,” Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer told reporters at his weekly press conference, “there will be zero conversation about what happened before and what’s going to happen in the future. Zero.” Ohio State’s quarterback J.T. Barrett, who boasts 99 career touchdown passes, will play his final home game after the senior’s Heisman Trophy hopes were dashed by six interceptions in the last two contests. Illinois has dropped eight straight contests, but gave unbeaten Wisconsin a tough game on Oct. 28 and were within three points late before Indiana secured a 24-14 victory last week. “I think it’s safe to say we’re trending up,” Illini coach Lovie Smith told reporters. “We’ve played a lot of young players that have gotten valuable time, but have improved as football players. I can’t wait for us to finish up the season the right way. We’ve taken steps and eventually we’re going to get over the hump.”

In their last action, Ohio State was a 48-3 winner at home against Spartans. They covered the -17-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (51) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Illinois, they were a 24-14 loser as they battled Hoosiers at home. Illinois failed to cover in the match as a +9.5-point underdog, while 38 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Illinois:
Team record: 2-8 SU,3-7 ATS
Current Streak: lost 8 straight games.
Illinois is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games
Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois’s last 5 games

Ohio State:
Team record: 8-2 SU,5-5 ATS
Ohio State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Ohio State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Ohio State’s last 7 games

Next up:
Illinois home to Northwestern Saturday, November 25
Ohio State at Michigan Saturday, November 25

NCAA FOOTBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Dobbins is the fourth Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards and needs 200 to pass Maurice Clarett for the top spot.

2. Illinois is 104th in the nation in rushing defense (199.1) and the Buckeyes’ ground attack is ranked 17th (245.3).

3. Ohio State has won the last eight meetings, including a 28-3 triumph in the last matchup in 2015.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Ohio State Buckeyes will cover the spread at -40½ and the game will go over 53½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Ohio State 48, Illinois 10 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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