Chris ‘the Bear’ Fallica offers betting thoughts on Ohio State-Purdue, Michigan-Penn State
The B1G will be filled with plenty of exciting matchups this weekend. Two of the most intriguing are the clash between division leaders No. 4 Ohio State and No. 19 Purdue and No. 6 Michigan heading to Penn State.
ESPN’s Chris ‘the Bear’ Fallica offered his betting thoughts on each contest during the McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning podcast. Fallica believes Purdue will hold its own against Ohio State.
“It would probably be Purdue team total over because Ohio State, obviously earlier in the year—they’ve gotten better lately—gave up a bunch of points and yards through the air and David Bell could be the best receiver on the field (Saturday). You would think the game is going to go one of two ways: Either Purdue is going to match Ohio State point for point and it’ll be a high-scoring game or Ohio State’s going to get up big and Purdue will keep throwing because it can’t run the ball and they’ll get some garbage points late to go over their team total. That would be how I would approach it.”
Meanwhile, Fallica is projecting a potential upset of Penn State over Michigan.
“That’s a weird game tomorrow. I like Penn State there. I don’t know how much success Michigan is going to have offensively against them, especially if they’re down their running backs and their passing game hasn’t been very good against some of the better teams they’ve played. This has kind of been a house of horrors for them the last couple of times they’ve gone to Penn State. In the first quarter they haven’t scored a point and they’ve been outgained by like 200 yards. I actually think that Penn State defense, the way they play, if they play the way they did against Ohio State … I think it’s going to be very hard for Michigan to top, say, 24 points. And will that be enough? Who knows, we’ll see. I kind of like Penn State in this game.”
The Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 26-17 last week. Ohio State is 8-1 overall and in 1st place in the B1G East.
Purdue is 6-3 overall and tied for 1st place in the B1G West. Ohio State leads the all-time series 39-15-2 vs. Purdue. The Boilermakers won the last meeting 49-20 in 2018. Purdue-Ohio State is slated for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff and will be televised on ABC.
The Wolverines handled the Hoosiers 29-7 to improve to 8-1 overall and 2nd place in the B1G East.
Michigan’s lone loss came against in-state rival Michigan State on Oct. 30, a 37-33 defeat. Penn State is 6-3 overall and in 4th place in the B1G East. The Nittany Lions most recently defeated Maryland 31-14. Michigan-Penn State is slated for a noon (EST) kickoff and will be televised on ABC.