There are many elements that contribute to making college football betting the preeminent sports wagering action on the planet. From the rowdy stadium crowds to the game breaking plays, to the bowl games, these are things that make college football special.
And one of things that we love best about college football is actually one of the cruelest things in sports betting: the wildly unfair mismatches between NCAA football betting giants versus the Division III minnow.
But it’s a tradition as American as apple pie and fireworks and the first few weeks of the season are chalk full of matchups between top ranked BSC schools who’s third string could beat the starting lineups of the tiny schools. But it’s also one of the peculiarities that make college football what it is and contributes to its wild popularity.
The incredibly one-sided matchup college football fans will see this year is the September 2nd contest between the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and the visiting Marshall Thundering Herd. If it was a battle of nicknames Marshall would dominate but unfortunately for this MAC school business will be settled on the field.
Kickoff for this Thursday matchup is set for 7:05 Eastern Time and sbg sportsbook opened with the Buckeyes as a 28.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 47.
There is very little that needs to be explained about this matchup other than OSU is a very good football team, the second best in the county according to polls, and Marshall is a small school from a mid-level conference who get a major beat down and hefty check as compensation.
OSU’s junior QB and Heisman candidate Terrell Pryor should be able to do whatever he wants against Marshall’s defense. His skill players are faster, stronger and quicker and the Buckeye’s should be able to hang more than a few points on this team.
However, the four TD spread may be a bit wide. Remember, this is the first game of the season and both teams are bound to be a bit sloppy and have plenty of rust. This works in Marshall’s favor and if OSU is as good as everyone says they are than this is the best chance of the season that a team like Marshall will have of beating the buckeyes as they’ll catch the #2 team at less than full strength. Smart bet here is on OSU to win but Marshall to beat the spread.