There really is a fine line between failure and success in college football, which is especially true for the bigger programs in the sport. With 5 power conferences and just 4 playoff spots, it’s a guarantee that some of the more iconic teams are going to miss out on the playoffs once the regular season is all over with, including the College Football Week 10 lines huge favorite Ohio State Buckeyes.
For a good portion of their game versus Penn State last Saturday, it certainly looked as though the Buckeyes were going to be among the list of big teams that missed out. They went into that game with one loss already, and they were behind to the Nittany Lions late on. Cue an unbelievable comeback in the 4th quarter, and what you are left with is a Buckeyes team that has landed at #6 in the first poll from the College Football Playoff Committee.
This means that they are still very much alive in the playoff race, but they do have a tricky trip to Iowa to contend with this weekend. Ohio State comes into this game versus the Hawkeyes as an 18-point favorite, with the point total set at 52.
Buckeyes vs. Hawkeyes College Football Week 10 Lines & Game Preview
- When: Saturday, November 4 at 3:30 PM EST
- Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: 97.1 FM (Ohio State) / 106.9 FM (Iowa)
- Live Stream: BTN2Go
- College Football Week 10 Lines: Ohio State -18 (Over/Under at 52)
- Overcast: 9°C/49°F
- Humidity: 94%
- Precipitation: 19%
- Cloud Cover: 97%
- Wind: 5 mph ENE
- Stadium Type: Open
Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)
- Record: Ohio State leads 9-1
- Score: Ohio State 30.00 / Iowa 16.60
- Rush Yards: Ohio State 186.50 / Iowa 62.60
- Pass Attempts: Ohio State 26.70 / Iowa 36.20
- Completion Percentage: Ohio State 62.17 / Iowa 57.18
- Passing Yards: Ohio State 220.40 / Iowa 222.70
- Total Yards: Ohio State 406.9 / Iowa 285.3
- Turnovers: Ohio State 1.20 / Iowa 1.90
Why bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes?
There are two ways that the season can go for the Buckeyes after their big win last season: they can use it as a jumping off point for a stretch run that ends in a playoff spot, or they can relax a little too much and end up being tripped up by a lesser opponent. Give how Ohio State is playing right now, the latter of those two options seems somewhat unlikely. Since losing to the Oklahoma Sooners early in the season, the Buckeyes have reeled off 6 straight wins, and have seen their offense come alive in a big way. During those 6 wins, they posted 50+ points 3 different times, as well as a game where they crossed the 60-point threshold.
You get the sense that they might have a tougher time scoring against an Iowa team that is built on defense, but they have had success against the Hawkeyes. Ohio State is 9-1 versus Iowa in their last 10, including 5 wins on the road. That said, they are just 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings with the Hawkeyes.
- Average Score For: 46.25
- Total Yards: 571.25
- Rush Yards: 245.75
- Passing Yards: 325.50
- Average Score Against: 18.25
- Total Yards: 302.5
- Rush Yards: 107.25
- Passing Yards: 195.25
Why bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes?
If you can expect one thing from this Hawkeyes team, it is that they are going to be very tough to break down on defense. That said, it doesn’t really take a lot of points to beat them, as they have not been able to offer up much this season on the offensive side of the football. It should be noted that this Iowa team gave Penn State fits when they met a few weeks ago, eventually coming out on the losing end in a 21-19 game.
Ohio State need only look at that match-up to see that they might not be able to just march into Iowa and come away with an easy win. Iowa is never easy to beat when playing at home, and are 4-1 SU and ATS in their last 5 games in their own building.
- Average Score For: 25.00
- Total Yards: 345.87
- Rush Yards: 130.75
- Passing Yards: 215.12
- Average Score Against: 17.38
- Total Yards: 368.76
- Rush Yards: 145.38
- Passing Yards: 223.38
Latest College Football Week 10 Lines Trends
- Ohio State is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
- Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State’s last 5 games
- Iowa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
- Iowa is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Iowa’s last 6 games
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Hawkeyes are likely to keep this one tight early on, but you have to wonder if they can withstand the Buckeyes assault, especially when you consider that their offense is going to have a tough time sustaining drives. I like Ohio State to back the College Football Week 10 lines, including covering the spread in the process.
Score: Ohio State Buckeyes 38 – Iowa Hawkeyes 17