Ohio State vs. Purdue Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 5 (Buckeyes Edge Boilermakers in Big Ten Action)

Thursday, Jan. 5’s NCAA college football schedule features several exciting matchups, including a Big Ten clash between the No. 24 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers.

Ohio State has been executing a winning formula lately, notching its third straight win with a 73-57 effort against Northwestern on Sunday. Meanwhile, Purdue enters tonight’s game following its first loss of the season — a 65-64 defeat at the hands of Rutgers three nights ago.

Will Ohio State be victorious for the fourth game in a row with another win at home? Or will Purdue get back on track with a strong road effort?

Ohio State enters this contest as the slim favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook’s odds. This 7 pm ET clash also features an over/under of 141.5 points with the under being favored at -115 odds.

Ohio State Rank Ohio State AVG Purdue AVG Purdue Rank
28th 81 Points Scored 76.3 99th
72nd 64.5 Points Allowed 60.9 23rd
11th 37.8 Rebounds 38.7 4th
29th 11.2 Off. Rebounds 11.7 18th
173rd 7.6 3pt Made 7 240th
111th 14.5 Assists 15.4 65th
75th 11.3 Turnovers 9.9 12th

Purdue might be the higher-ranked school here, but there are a lot of things that Ohio State does right. For starters, the Buckeyes are averaging 81.0 points (No. 16) on 49.2% shooting (No. 13) this season. Those numbers bode well against a Boilermakers team that only scored 64 points on a 39.6% field-goal percentage against Rutgers.

Ohio State is also holding opponents to just 56.7 PPG at Value City Arena this far. Furthermore, the Buckeyes have won 14 of their last 18 home games against the Boilermakers. Considering how OSU has won the last seven games in its arena, I like Purdue even less following its latest loss.

While I expect a competitive affair here, Ohio State is talented enough on both sides of the ball to get the job done.

Final Score Prediction: Ohio State: 70 | Purdue: 67

As far as the best bet for this game, I recommend taking the under on the 141.5-point total. Although both offenses have performed well this season, Ohio State and Purdue are only allowing a combined 125.4 PPG. On top of that, four of their last six meetings have finished with fewer than 141.5 points.

With these Big Ten rivals ramping up the defense whenever they collide, the under is the most logical pick tonight.

Bet: Oklahoma State -2.5 (-110)

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