The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes begin what they hope is another season that ends in the College Football Playoff when they kick off the 2021 college football season on Thursday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. The Buckeyes are 13.5-point favorites in the latest Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under for total points scored is 62.5. (See the latest college football lines for all of this week's games on our college football odds page.)
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The Buckeyes are coming off a season in which they won the Big Ten title, upset Clemson in the Sugar Bowl and reached the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, where they lost to Alabama. But the team enters the 2021 season without a quarterback who has attempted a college pass; redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud, who was a five-star recruit, has been named the team's starter. He has an elite receiving corps, led by first-team AP preseason All-America receiver Chris Olave.
Ohio State will face an experienced Minnesota team. The Gophers return 20 of 22 starters from last season, including 100 percent of their offensive line starts, 99.5 percent of their rushing yards, 98.6 percent of their passing yards and 92.4 percent of their tackles on defense. Running back Mohamed Ibrahim led the Big Ten last year in rushing attempts (201), rushing yards (1,076), rushing yards per game (153.7), rushing touchdowns (15), scoring (90), points per game (12.9) and all-purpose yards per game (168.4).
Now the model has simulated Ohio State vs. Minnesota 10,000 times, and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under on the total, and it has generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations. You absolutely need to see it before locking in your own picks.
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