Purdue vs Ohio State Prediction NCAAF Picks 10/14
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- Oct 13, 2023, 7:10:58 PM
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Ohio State vs Purdue: College Football Preview
The Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0 CONF) are set to face the Purdue Boilermakers (2-4, 1-2 CONF) in what promises to be an intriguing Big Ten clash. The game will kick off at 9:00 AM on October 14, 2023, at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN, with coverage on Peacock. Ohio State enters this matchup as overwhelming favorites with a line of -19.5 points, and the over/under is set at 52 points.
Crucial Matchup Analysis
Ohio State's Quest to Conquer Purdue
The Ohio State Buckeyes have a history of struggles when playing at Ross-Ade Stadium, a venue that has seemingly been their kryptonite. Despite their dominance in recent seasons, they must contend with memories of their stunning prime-time upset against Purdue in 2018. That night, Ohio State's playoff hopes were dashed as Purdue fans stormed the field in celebration.
Head coach Ryan Day, who was the Buckeyes' offensive coordinator at the time, recognizes that Purdue's stadium has been a challenging environment. To stay in contention for the Big Ten East title and the playoffs, Ohio State cannot afford a repeat of that upset. They are currently one of the few undefeated teams in the FBS, boasting a potent offense and a strong defense.
Purdue's Home Advantage
Purdue coach Ryan Walters understands the importance of making Ross-Ade Stadium a formidable home field advantage for the Boilermakers. While Ohio State is favored, Purdue hopes to leverage the stadium's history and play spoiler once again. However, Walters acknowledges that it will take more than home-field advantage to overcome the Buckeyes.
Ohio State's defense, ranked eighth nationally in total defense, has been impressive in limiting opponents' yardage. Purdue's offensive struggles, averaging 25.7 points per game, pose a significant challenge.
Ohio State enters this game as heavy favorites, and they have the talent and track record to justify that status. However, Purdue's home advantage and Ohio State's history at Ross-Ade Stadium add an element of unpredictability to this matchup. The Buckeyes aim to maintain their unbeaten streak and remain in the playoff picture.
With a +19.5 points spread, the prediction is that Ohio State will secure the victory, but Purdue will manage to cover the spread. Ohio State's offensive prowess is undeniable, but they may face some resistance from Purdue's defense on their home turf. Expect a competitive game with Purdue striving to make a statement and keep the score closer than expected.
While Ohio State should win, Purdue's ability to cover the spread will make this contest more intriguing. It's a game that showcases the unpredictability and excitement of college football.