Ohio State Needs More Offense vs. WMU
By Charles Jay
Urban Meyer was disgusted at the way his Ohio State Buckeyes performed on offense this Saturday against Northern illinois, an opponent that is capable but still should have been outclassed. But Meyer apparently is not distraught enough to change starting quarterbacks. He’ll continue to go with Cardale Jones as his #1 signal-caller as the Buckeyes play host to the Western Michigan Broncos as a huge favorite in the college football odds. Game time is 3:30 PM ET, and Vietbet customers have a chance to wager on this game in real time through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.
Western Michigan vs Ohio State Betting Line – Saturday 9/26, Kickoff 3:30pm ET
In the college football odds posted on this game at Vietbet, the Buckeyes are big favorites:
- Ohio State Buckeyes -31.5
- Western Michigan Broncos +31.5
- Over 60.5 points -110
- Under 60.5 points -110
OSU is the top-ranked team in the nation, but they turned the ball over five times in the 20-13 win, which represented a massive underachievement, considering that they were 34.5-point favorites in the football betting lines. Cardale Jones, the pro-style passer who led the team to three straight victories and a national championship, threw two interceptions and then was taken out of the game in favor of JT Barrett, the quarterback who had himself subbed for the injured Braxton Miller and made all-conference. But Barrett was just 11 of 19 for 97 yards. Both of these QB’s registered the lowest passing rating of their collegiate career.
All of this fueled speculation as to whether Jones was going to be replaced by Barrett in the lineup. Meyer quieted some of that down on Wednesday when he announced that he was sticking with Jones. But if things break down again, he knows he has a pretty good insurance policy – well, at least if this team plays like it is motivated.
With such a big impost, it might be worth exploring what kind of chance Western Michigan has to come in through the “back door,” the way it was able to do against Michigan State in the opening game. Last year the Broncos were powered on the ground by Jarvion Franklin, who had 1551 yards and 24 touchdowns. He is off to a slower start this year. with just a single TD in three games. Quarterback Zach Terrell had 3400 yards on 68% completions in 2014, and is 71% this season. But he did get sacked seven times against Michigan State and has sustained five interceptions already. The bright spot, statistically speaking, is receiver Daniel Braverman, who has caught an astounding 40 passes in three games.
Vietbet patrons know that they will face a tall order moving the ball against Ohio State, which has permitted only 2.6 yards per rushing attempt and 45% completions. It is, in point of fact, the defense that saved the day for them against NIU. And the Buckeyes have faced an NFL prospect at quarterback, as Max Wittek came in with the Hawaii Warriors two weeks ago, and they stopped him cold, limiting him to just eight completions in 24 attempts.
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