College Football bettingMost college football betting players will remember the Fiesta Bowl in 2003, when Ohio State outlasted Miami for a 31-24 win in a double-OT classic than many feel is the best college game of all time. The two will meet for the first time since that game at the “Horseshoe” in Columbus, and while the stakes aren’t as high, it’s still a meeting of two top-15 teams.

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The No.13 Hurricanes made short work of Florida A&M in a 45-0 thrashing that was over by halftime, when Miami was up by 35 points. Jacory Harris shook off the rust by going 12-of-15 for 210 yards and three touchdowns for the Hurricanes, who had the ball for only 24:37 of the game, but they racked up 405 yards and 23 first downs against the Rattlers, who managed just 110 yards and eight first downs against Miami. College football is a much better place when “The U” is involved in the national picture, and they have a massive chance to stake their claim this weekend in Columbus. Those who are betting NFL odds will remember what kind of factory Miami was for the pros, and the talent level is getting back.

The No.2 Buckeyes rolled to a 45-7 victory over Marshall, and like Miami, Ohio state had this game wrapped up by halftime with a 35-7 lead, which allowed them to save their starters for this week. Terrelle Pryor went 17-of-25 for 247 yards and three touchdowns, while Brandon Saine ran nine times for 103 yards and a pair of scores for the Buckeyes, who hung 529 yards on the Thundering Herd. Defensively, the Buckeyes are thought to have one of the best defenses in the country, and they held Marshall to 199 yards on the day.

Football betting odds have the Buckeyes as a 9-point favorite, and these two have split a pair of meetings in their history: a 23-12 win for the Hurricanes in Columbus back in 1999, and of course, the Fiesta Bowl win in Arizona in 2003. The Buckeyes are solid at home, but they’ve struggled in big games in recent memory, either in non-conference action or in bowl games. Last year’s win in the Rose Bowl was seemingly their first big win in years, and while they’ll probably go on to win the game straight up, a nine-point spread is a lot against a Miami team that can play with anyone on both sides of the ball, as they showed by going 3-1 last year while playing four ranked teams to begin the season. These Hurricanes are tough and won’t allow the game to get away from them.

Online sports betting pick: Miami +9


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