Ohio State Vs. Minnesota Week 1 College Football Odds Preview

  • The Ohio State Buckeyes are 14.0-point favorites against the Minnesota Golden Gophers for Thursday's game.
  • The total for the game is set at 65.5 points with -110 odds on either side.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Ohio State Buckeyes will open up their season with a visit to the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ stadium on Thursday. The Buckeyes are coming into the game as sizable favorites for this matchup.

Betting The Spread: 14.0 Points

The Ohio State Buckeyes have had success against the Minnesota Golden Gophers as history has shown that they have won 47 of their totaled 52 meetings including 18 of their last 20 games with the last 7 showings on the road. However, winning straight up only brings -600 odds. Online sportsbooks have set a two-possession spread for Thursday’s game.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota Spread Odds

  • Ohio State Buckeyes -14.0 -115
  • Minnesota Golden Gophers +14.0 -105

The odds slightly favor Ohio State to cover the two touchdowns and for good reason. College football betting sites have the Buckeyes as the fourth choice to win the National Championship at +600 and at -220 to win the Big Ten while Minnesota is the seventh choice at +3000 to win the conference.

Even with CJ Stroud starting his first game, Ohio State should be able to cover the spread due to their talent advantage at seemingly every position on the field. Plus, the Golden Gophers top wideout, Chris Autman-Bell may miss the game due to a leg injury.

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Betting The Total: 65.5 Points

The Ohio State offense is always deadly. The team has had a top 15 scoring offense in each of the last five seasons with the lowest scoring average being 39.4 points per game. Plus, they usually come ready to play in the first week of the season, averaging 60 points per game in the opening game over the past five years.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota Total Odds

  • OVER 65.5 -110
  • UNDER 65.5 -110

Each of Ohio State’s last five openers has had a total north of the set mark and an average of 80 combined points per game. Sports betting sites may have the total set too low as Ohio State has put up 77 points by themselves twice in their last five season openers. This particular team has undergone quarterback changes before and it hasn’t hindered them once so why would this season be the exception? The game begins on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on the FOX network.