The Ohio State Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 in the nation and face the San Diego State Aztecs at home today.
San Diego State had a solid season last year winning nine games and making another appearance in a bowl game.
The Aztecs were supposed to win handily against Eastern Illinois last week in their opener but were shocked by the FCS team losing by three touchdowns. The Aztec loss was to a team that over the past three seasons had won a combined 11 games.
San Diego has now become a 28-point underdog on most sportsbooks including Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com in today’s matchup against Ohio State. Those online sites offer bettors an array of different betting options from what team scores first, to the score at halftime to what play will be run next.
San Diego State is trying to focus their thoughts on one thing; one game does not define their entire season.
However, that could come true, if they were to defeat the Buckeyes. An Aztec win would end the hopes of the Buckeyes reaching the national championship game and give San Diego State their biggest upset of the season.
San Diego State, regardless of their hiccup last week, is a formidable opponent. The Aztecs put 35 points on the board per game last year. The up tempo offense ran 99 plays for the Aztecs last week, which was tied for the most in any game played.
The Aztecs threw 66 passes, which is far more than last season when they averaged just 24 per game, but much of that was due to an injury to their leading rusher Adam Muema and playing catch-up football. Muema had 1,500 yards last season and was expected back for the game today.
Ohio State took on the lowly Buffalo Bulls last week and won 40-20. The Buckeyes looked sluggish, disinterested and complacent after the first quarter. Ohio State jumped out to a 23-0 lead early in the game and just set the control to cruise, instead of putting the pedal to the medal.
The Buckeyes scored in three straight possessions to start the game with 117 yards through the air and 99 on ground in just over six minutes. After that, Buffalo outscored the Buckeyes 20-17 over the last three quarters of the game.
Urban Meyer the head coach of Ohio State was clear with his players this week that mental lapses and easing up is not acceptable.
This game should be dominated from start to finish by the offensive power of Ohio State, but look for San Diego State to perform better and have a stronger rushing attack than last week.
The current line has the Buckeyes favored by 28 points with the point total on 56. Smart money takes the Ohio State and the OVER.