Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction and Betting Odds
Heading into the game Week 1 of 2021 NCAA Football season, Ohio State Buckeyes will be facing Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday night. Though the season kicked off last week, the full Week 1 game begins on Thursday.
The Buckeyes is ranked No.4 in the AP Poll while Minnesota Golden Gophers start as an unranked team this season. Last season Ohio State Buckeyes qualified for the playoffs, they were ranked 2nd in the AP poll. In the conference title game, they defeated West Division champion Northwestern, 22–10. It was their fourth consecutive Big Ten title. Ohio made into semi-finals as 3rd ranked team and played at the Sugar Bowl against second-seeded Clemson. After defeating Clemson by a score of 49-28 they advanced to the CFP National Championship against top-seeded Alabama. The Buckeyes lost by a score of 52–24.
Minnesota Golden Gophers on the other did not have an opportunity to play many games last season. Due to COVID-19 the Big Ten conference games were cancelled but were later started with each team playing only 8 games. Minnesota had an opportunity to play 7 games as few games got cancelled even after restarting. Of the 7 games that they played they won 3 games and lost 4 games.
On Thursday, Ohio State will be travelling to TCF Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. This game marks Ohio State’s first trip to Minnesota since the 2014 season.
As per the latest Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction and Betting Odds, the Buckeyes are predicted to win the Thursday night game. The latest Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction and Betting Odds have been updated on 1st September.
|Ohio State Buckeyes||Minnesota Golden Gophers||Predicted Winner|
|Smarkets||Odds: 1.14||Odds:5.90||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Oddsshark||Moneyline: -531||Moneyline: +444||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Betway||Spread: -14 (-110)||Spread: +14 (-110)||Ohio State Buckeyes|
Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction and Betting Odds: Team Analysis
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes is lead by head coach Ryan Day who will be marking his 3 years of coaching this season. As for his team his concerned, the Buckeyes have been known for replacing their team members every season. This season the team will rely on freshman Quarterback C.J. Stroud. This will be the first year of C.J. Stroud starting as a quarterback. Though the team may not have expected him to do the magic, however, they will be expecting him to take care of the ball.
Ohio State’s offense will be highly dependent on the running backs and receivers. Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson will be featuring as wide receivers. Chris Olave had 50 receptions in 2020 while Garrett Wilson had 43 receptions in 2020. Harry Miller will be moving into the starting center role while one may not ridicule Ryan Day starting with Master Teague III and Miyan Williams as running back on game day.
The main cause of concern for Ohio State will be their defensive lineup. Last season they had a disappointing defensive performance. Even this season their defensive lineup is full of inexperienced players. The team will rely completely on Haskell Garrett who was the heart and soul of the Buckeye defense last season.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota’s offense will heavily rely on its tailback Mohamed Ibrahim. Despite Minnesota finishing under .500 last season, Ibrahim was impressive with his performance. He rushed 1076 yards and 15 touchdowns in only seven games played in 2020. Ibrahim will be the main challenge for the inexperienced Buckeyes defensive lineup. Tanner Morgan will be starting quarterback for the Gophers. He did not have a good last season as he completed only about 57.9 percent of his passes, with seven touchdowns and five interceptions. Minnesota’s lead receiver Chris Autman-Bell may not be available as he had suffered an injury in August this year. In his absence new offensive coordinator Mike Sanford will be assisting Morgan.
Defensively, Minnesota too struggled last season, and this season they will be looking to prove their worth. Boye Mafe who lead Minnesota’s defense last season will be leading the Gophers’ defense even this year. He had 4.5 sacks in 2020.
Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction and Betting Odds: Head-to-head
Ohio State Buckeyes and Minnesota Golden Gophers first came face-to-face back in 1921 at Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won the game by a score difference of 27-0.
Since then the two teams have played 52 head-to-head games. Ohio State Buckeyes has had an overall dominance over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Of 52 games, Ohio has been victorious in 45 games while Gophers could defeat Ohio in only 7 games.
Minnesota has not won a game against Ohio State since 2001. The last game between the two teams was back in 2018, while Buckeyes won a home game by a score of 30-14.
Currently, Ohio is on 10 games winning streak against Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction and Betting Odds: Predicted Winner
Minnesota Golden Gophers haven’t had a good record playing against Ohio State. However, the inexperienced quarterback and the struggling defensive lineup are a cause of concern for the Buckeyes. Minnesota on the other hand will be relying on their star tailback Mohamed Ibrahim. They will be hoping for him of taking advantage of the weak defense of Ohio.
However, Ohio State will be starting as favorites against the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Thursday night. The Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction and Betting Odds also favor a win for the visitors. the Buckeyes. As per Smarkets, the win probability of Ohio State Buckeyes stands at 83.33% while the chances of Minnesota Golden Gophers’ win is a mere 16% as per Smarkets.
The betting odds for Ohio State Buckeyes stand at 1.14 while the odds for Gophers win stand at 5.9.
At Oddsshark, the Moneyline for Buckeyes win is -531 while the Moneyline for Minnesota’s win is +444.
At Betway, the spread for Ohio State Buckeyes is -14 (-110), and the spread for Minnesota Gophers is +14 (-110).
Ohio State vs Minnesota Prediction and Betting Odds: Match Details
Scheduled Date and Time: Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021; 8 p.m. ET
Venue: Huntington Bank Stadium; Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: FOX Online Stream: FuboTV