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Two of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country will meet on the field on Saturday night when the Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in a top-25 Big Ten matchup. That is a phrase that hasn’t been uttered very much this season, with the unimpressive games put up by the Big Ten conference. So this could be a very important game for the Big Ten, as the game will be in prime time in front of a big national audience.
For Ohio State (5-0), quarterback Braxton Miller has been the reason that the Buckeyes have had the early success in this season. Miller leads the team in both rushing and passing, coming for 15 total touchdowns in five games.
Martinez plays a similar role for the Cornhuskers (4-1), and has been a dominant rushing threat in his third year starting in Lincoln. But Martinez has been trying to transform into more of a passer, and actually has thrown 11 touchdowns this season to just one interception. When it comes to rushing, Martinez has 300 yards on the ground and three touchdowns, which is second on the team.
But there is no doubt that both of these teams live and die with the performances of their quarterback, and the one who performs better in this one will have a real advantage at getting a big win
The Buckeyes get this game at home, and as such are getting the edge on the betting line. Ohio State vs Nebraska Betting Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the Buckeyes as 3.5-point favorites over the Cornhuskers. Had this game been in Lincoln, we probably would have see Nebraska as the favorites. But in the Horseshoe, Ohio State will need to win by at least four points to cover the betting line. A loss by a field goal or less for the Cornhuskers, and Nebraska would cover the line.
Last year in Lincoln, the Cornhuskers had a fantastic comeback to win 34-27 in one of the best games in the Big Ten in 2011.
Nebraska sports a 3-2 record against the spread this season, while the Buckeyes are just under .500 at 2-3.
This one kicks off at 8pm ET, with coverage picked up by ABC.