COLUMBUS — The non-conference tuneups for Ohio State are officially over.
After blowout non-conference wins over Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio) — with a demolition of Big Ten foe Indiana — the Buckeyes are entering the meat of their schedule, and they’ll begin this stretch as 15-point favorites for a primetime kick at Nebraska, according to VegasInsider.com.
The Buckeyes have been a double-digit favorite in each of their first four games.
Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) started slowly, falling behind 5-0 to Miami, but the Buckeyes quickly responded with a 42-point second quarter — possibly the most points scored in a quarter in program history. Quarterback Justin Fields was spectacular in that quarter, throwing four touchdown passes and running for two scores. After the huge lead was built in the first half, Fields and the first-team offense rested the entire second half.
Even with the lopsided 71-point win, the Ohio State will celebrate the win, then get to work on Nebraska (3-1, 1-0).
“We’ll still have our Champions meetings tomorrow to make sure that we don’t just go buy this, and reward the guys who play like champions in this game because it’s hard to win a college football,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “And we’re going to do that. But at the same time we’ll quickly move on to Nebraska and get going on film.”
Nebraska will host College Gameday for the first time since 2007, recruits will be in attendance and the Cornhuskers have this game planned to be a showcase of a new era in the program under Scott Frost. An upset could jump-start a program looking for a jolt of energy.
Ohio State is 3-1 against the spread this season. The Buckeyes have covered the spread in three straight games after failing to do so against Florida Atlantic.
The Cornhuskers, meanwhile, are 1-3 against the spread. Their lone cover came in a big win over Northern Illinois.