Ohio State Buckeyes College Football Betting
It turns out the third time was the charm. After two previous losses to Clemson, Ohio State pounded Clemson on New Year’s Day. The Buckeyes beat the Tigers 49-28, jumping on Trevor Lawrence and company early despite being sizable underdogs in the Sugar Bowl. Ohio State will now look to upend the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The Buckeyes beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl on their way to a national title in the first year of the CFP, so Ryan Day is looking for a similar result to start the decade.
The College Football Playoff National Championship will take place on January 11, 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. This game will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks with coverage starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Ohio State Buckeyes Weekly Odds
Ohio State Buckeyes +8
Alabama Crimson Tide -8
Ohio State Buckeyes Weekly Matchup
Alabama has been the No. 1 team in the country the entire year. The Crimson Tide have only really been tested once (by Florida in the SEC Championship Game), but their offense has not been stopped. They scored at least 38 points in every game during the regular season, and although they only beat Notre Dame 31-14 in the Rose Bowl, they appeared to take their foot off the gas pedal a little bit.
DeVonta Smith or Mac Jones will almost certainly win the Heisman Trophy. Smith was a moderate favorite prior to the CFP Semifinals, and Jones was the only other person with odds of less than 7-1 to win the award. Smith is looking to become just the second true wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy.
Jones has had no trouble replacing Tua Tagovailoa, completing 77 percent of his passes for over 4,000 yards (11.3 YPA) with 36 touchdowns and four interceptions. He isn’t the same mobile threat, but his accuracy makes this the deadliest offense in the country. Smith has been the primary recipient with 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns, and John Metchie III has played well since entering the starting lineup after Jaylen Waddle’s injury.
Najee Harris is putting up big numbers too. Harris has run for 1,387 yards (6.1 YPC) and 24 touchdowns, so Ohio State’s defense is going to have its hands full. That’s why this game has the highest total for any national championship game ever.
Ohio State has its own set of standout athletes. Justin Fields looked off against Indiana and Northwestern, but he was otherwise brilliant in 2020. Fields ended up surpassing his 2019 season averages with the Buckeyes’ blowout of Clemson, and he is completing 73.4 percent of his passes for 9.9 YPA ahead of this game.
Master Teague III might not play in this game after exiting the Big Ten Championship Game early and not playing in the Sugar Bowl. Trey Sermon has done an outstanding job over Ohio State’s last two games though, breaking off big yardage against two elite defenses. Sermon has 60 carries for 524 yards and three touchdowns in those two games.
The receivers are led by Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. The two players have nearly identical stat lines, and they have been the top two targets for Ohio State throughout the season.
Alabama isn’t as strong on defense as it has been in previous seasons. The Crimson Tide have been a little susceptible to quality passing games, as we saw against Ole Miss and Florida.
Nick Saban is the best defensive backs coach in the country though, and he will have nine days to work on a scheme for this game.
Ohio State Buckeyes Weekly Recap
Trevor Lawrence might be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but Justin Fields was the better quarterback on New Year’s Day. Fields had struggled against Ohio State’s best opponents in the regular season prior to facing Clemson. He had by far his best game of the season against the Tigers, completing 22 of 28 passes for 385 yards with six touchdowns and an interception.
After only targeting Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson for the entire season, Fields spread the ball out in the biggest game to date. Olave led the team with six receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns, but four other players had multiple receptions and at least 50 receiving yards.
Master Teague III was unavailable to play in the Sugar Bowl, allowing Trey Sermon to be the feature back. Sermon had his second straight monster game with 35 touches for 254 yards and a score.
Ohio State’s front seven controlled the line of scrimmage in the loss. Lawrence threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, but the ground game averaged just 2.0 YPC.
2020 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule
||@ Penn State
||@ Michigan State
||vs. Northwestern (Big Ten Championship)
||vs. Clemson (CFP Semifinal)
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