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Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 B1G) has opened up as seventeen point favorites for Saturday’s home match-up against the California Golden Bears (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12) in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes are coming off back-to-back home routes of non-conference opponents Miami (OH) and Central Florida, while Cal is coming into Columbus off a 50-31 route of Southern Utah after falling to Nevada in week one.
While head coach Urban Meyer and his guys in Scarlet and Gray are 2-0 on the field, they’re now 1-1 on the season against the point spread after a 31-16 win over UCF as 16-point favorites and are 2-3 against the spread in their last five dating back to their 20-14 loss to Penn State last November. The Buckeyes are only 1-4 against the spread in their last five games in Ohio Stadium.
Cal is 0-2 against the point spread in 2012, and also 2-3 against the spread over their last five, dating back to a November loss to the Stanford Cardinal. Cal is a measly 2-8 against the spread in their last ten road games, which doesn’t bode well coming into Columbus to face Meyer’s potentially high-powered offense.
The Over/Under on Saturday is set at +52.5 for the combined points put up by both teams. Ohio State is averaging 43.5 on offense while holding their two opponents to just 13.0 points-per-game while Cal is averaging 37.0 on offense and 31.0 as a team defense.
Ohio State has DE Michael Bennett and RB Carlos Hyde out for this Saturday and it’s yet to be seen how much action RB Jordan Hall will see coming off of seven weeks of rehab after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left foot.
As of Wednesday, after already missing LB David Wilkerson for the season, Cal has T Matt Summers-Gavin and LB Jason Gibson listed as out for Saturday and LB Chris McCain and TE Richard Rodgers both listed as questionable.
The Buckeyes are 21-3 straight up in their last 24 in the electric atmosphere of Ohio Stadium, while Cal is just 1-5 straight up in their last six road contests.
If the Vegas odds-makers are spot on, Ohio State would bring home a 35-18 victory this Saturday afternoon. The question today is…
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