Tulsa at Ohio State odds, picks and prediction

Joe Williams
Sportsbook Wire

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (0-2) and Ohio State Buckeyes (1-1) meet Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Tulsa at Ohio State odds and lines, and make our expert college football picks, predictions and bets.

The Golden Hurricane fell at home to UC Davis of the FCS Sept. 2, losing 19-17 as 21.5-point favorites. They rebounded last week with a hard-fought 28-23 loss at Oklahoma State to cover as 10.5-point dogs.

The Buckeyes, No. 11 in the AFCA Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports, are reeling after a 35-28 loss to Oregon last week in C-Bus. Ohio State's offense has been fine, but the defense has been atrocious through two outings, yielding 33.0 points per game (PPG) and 456.5 total yards per game (YPG).

Tulsa at Ohio State odds, spread and lines

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  • Money line: Tulsa +900 (bet $100 to win $900) | Ohio State -2000 (bet $2,000 to win $100)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Tulsa +25.5 (-112) | Ohio State -25.5 (-108)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 60.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

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Tulsa at Ohio State odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Ohio State 45, Tulsa 17

Money line

Ohio State (-2000) is going to rebound in a big way after its loss last week to Oregon. But is it worth risking $100 for every $5 won? No, it's not.

AVOID.

Against the spread

OHIO STATE -25.5 (-108) has had a lot of issues on the defensive side of the ball, particularly stopping the pass. The good news is that Tulsa is very mediocre in the pass game, posting just 212.5 YPG with only 20.0 PPG on offense. This is a perfect bounce-back opponent for the Buckeyes after last week's wake-up call.

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Over/Under

OVER 60.5 (- 110) is the lean for a multitude of reasons. First, Ohio State is going to be angry, taking out its frustrations after a hard week of practice on poor ol' Tulsa.

Second, the Golden Hurricane actually might be able to move the ball with some semblance of effectiveness against a Buckeyes pass defense which is still trying to find its way. It's a perfect recipe for the Over.

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