Ohio State Football opens the season as a 28-point favorite

The Ohio State football team will open their 2023 season on the road in Bloomington, Indiana in 103 days. According to FanDuel, the Buckeyes have opened as a 28-point favorite over the Hoosiers, who are coming off of a disappointing 4-8 record in 2022. The Tom Allen-led Hoosiers finished sixth in the Big 10 East going 2-7 in conference play in 2022 with their two victories being against Illinois and Michigan State.

Last season, Ohio State defeated Indiana in The Shoe by a score of 56-to-14. The 42-point loss was the worst Indiana suffered the entire season and they will look to do a little better to open their 2023 season against the Buckeyes. The last time Ryan Day and Ohio State traveled on I-70 West to our conference neighbor in Bloomington, Indiana, Ohio State crushed the Hoosiers even worse than they did last season, stomping them 54-to-7.

Ohio State currently has a 27-game win streak over the Hoosiers, which is Ohio State’s longest ever against an opponent. It is also the longest win streak that any Big 10 team has had against another conference opponent in the conference’s long-distinguished history. Indiana finished dead last in the Big 10’s recruiting rankings last season. This is after finishing their highest ever of 5th in 2022.

Given these historical statistics, a 28-point spread feels a little low. I’m sure the fact that Ohio State will be breaking in a new starting quarterback along with notable question marks on the offensive line isn’t going unnoticed by the spread makers.

The last time Ohio State opened the season on the road in Bloomington was in 2017. Ohio State won 49-to-21, a 28-point victory. Looks like Vegas believes history could repeat itself in 2023. That could be in part because the Buckeyes will have a new quarterback to start that game.