Ohio vs Miami (OH) Odds, Picks, Predictions (11/8/22)

Ohio visits Miami (Ohio) this week in more MACtion after winning last week against Buffalo. The Redhawks are coming off a bye, but won before their bye against Akron. This is another interesting game that will help to determine the pecking order in the MAC. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!

Ohio Vs. Miami (Ohio) Odds

Ohio is a 1.5-point road favorite against Miami (Ohio) and are at -125 on the money line. The over/under is also at 50.5. Ohio is the better team here, but situationally it could be difficult, so this low of a point spread actually makes sense. The over/under makes sense too because while the Bobcats can score, the Redhawks can’t score nearly as much, but again situationally oddsmakers like it and it makes sense. This spread could move a bit in favor of Ohio more too.

Ohio vs. Miami (Ohio) Prediction & Pick

The Pick: Ohio -1.5

Ohio has been a very good team up to this point, especially on offense. The defense is definitely worrisome, but with how much the offense is doing they are still playing well. The offense is scoring 33 points and is averaging 432 total yards a game. They key for them has been Kurtis Rourke in the passing game who’s almost carried the entirety of the offense on his own. On the other side, Miami (Ohio) does not score a lot and also has struggled a lot on the offensive side of the ball. They average 19 points and 299 total yards on offense. The majority of the games that the Redhawks have won were thanks to their defense. They can’t run or pass that much on the offensive side of the ball, and are just inept in that aspect. The defense gives up 21 points and 348 total yards a game this year. There will legitimately be a good matchup between the Bobcats offense and the Redhawks defense. The added thing as to why this game could get weird is the fact that it’s a home game for Miami (Ohio). Take the Bobcats here because as bad as this defense has been, the best unit in this game will be the Ohio offense across the board, so take them in a very close game.

Ohio vs. Miami (Ohio) Key Matchups

Can Miami (Ohio) slow down Kurtis Rourke? Will Ohio be able to slow down Keyon Mozee?

Kurtis Rourke vs Miami (Ohio) Secondary

Kurtis Rourke has been almost entirely responsible for how good the Ohio offense has been. He has 2,725 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, four interceptions, and he has a 69% completion percentage on the year too. His best game against an FBS opponent was when he threw for 427 passing yards, three touchdowns, and had a 88.9% completion percentage in the game. Miami (Ohio) allows 240 passing yards a game, which is decent and will be a challenge for Rourke. Rourke is the key for Ohio, and if he gets going against the Redhawks then it’ll be a long day for Miami (Ohio).

Keyon Mozee vs Ohio Front Seven

The strong suit of the Miami (Ohio) offense is the rushing offense, and that starts with Keyon Mozee at running back. He has 100 carries, 428 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns on the year. His best game was against Northwestern when he had 171 rushing yards in the game on 21 carries. Ohio allows 158 rushing yards a game on the year, so Mozee has a big opportunity here to take advantage of a defense that has struggled a bit. Ohio has a weakness on defense so Mozee and the rest of the rushing offense could do well here. If Mozee can take advantage, then the Redhawks have a huge chance here in this game.

Jake Faigus, a Phoenix native, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sports management. He also has written for the student newspaper, The Daily Wildcat, as well as the Arizona Fansided blog, Zona Zealots. He currently writes for Aaron Torres Media and runs social media for Solid Verbal as well.

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