The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-0, 0-0 Away) will visit the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0, 0-0 Home) on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The game will televise at 3:30 PM ET on BTN. The current odds list Ohio State as a 40.5-point favorite with the over/under set at 64.
Hawaii is coming in off a 28-20 win over Colorado. Matt Wittek went 19 of 38 for 202 yards. He threw three touchdowns along with two interceptions. Paul Harris ran for 68 yards on 17 carries while Steve Lakalaka added 30 yards on 11 carries. Marcus Kemp finished with 116 yards and a touchdown while Quinton Pedrozza had five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. The Rainbow Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in September and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
Ohio State is coming in off a 42-24 win over Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes found themselves down at halftime but once Virginia Tech lost their starting quarterback to a broken collarbone, Ohio State took over to get the win. Cardale Jones went 9 of 18 for 186 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 99 yards on 13 carries. Ezekiel Elliot ran for 122 yards and a touchdown. Most of his yards came on his 80 yard touchdown run. Braxton Miller led all receivers with 78 yards and a touchdown. The Buckeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
My Pick: Ohio State -40.5
This is a lot of points and it may just be too many. I see no reason why this team should not win by 60 against Hawaii. We might see Elliot run for over 200 yards and three touchdowns in this game. This has blowout all over it, just not sure if they can win by six touchdowns. I will take the Buckeyes to get the cover.