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Ohio State Buckeyes National Championship Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes have essentially punched their ticket to the College Football Playoff. Ohio State finished the regular season undefeated at 12-0, and the Buckeyes won all their games by double digits. They are the top team in the nation in the eyes of the Selection Committee, and it’s very unlikely they fall out of the top four even with a loss to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game. Two one-loss teams would have to surpass Ohio State, and that probably isn’t happening considering how this team has looked throughout the regular season.
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Big Ten Championship Odds
Wisconsin Badgers +16
Ohio State Buckeyes -16
Big Ten Championship Game Preview
As with some of the other conference championship games, the Big Ten Championship Game is a rematch of an earlier regular season affair. Wisconsin went into Columbus in late October and hung with Ohio State for the first half before falling apart in the second half. Jonathan Taylor could only muster 52 rushing yards on 20 carries, and Jack Coan managed to throw for just 108 yards in a 38-7 loss.
That game was a coming out party for Chase Young. Young proved that he was the best defensive player in the country against Wisconsin, creating havoc throughout against one of the top offensive lines in the nation. He ended the afternoon with four sacks and five tackles for loss, emerging as a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate in the win.
Ohio State’s ground game got going in the second half. The Buckeyes eventually wore down the Badgers’ front seven, carrying the ball 50 times for 264 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. J.K. Dobbins had 20 carries for 163 yards and two touchdowns, as Wisconsin’s front was worn down by this power run game.
Ryan Day and the Buckeyes aren’t likely to deviate from the original game plan. No opponent has been able to stop this run game yet, and Ohio State has run for 3,367 yards and 37 touchdowns as a team this campaign. Don’t be surprised to see Fields run more though. Day has been holding Fields back for late in the season when games really matter, and there are likely to be more quarterback read options for him.
Dobbins and Master Teague III are both averaging more than 6.0 YPC. Wisconsin’s run defense was seen as one of the best in the nation prior to their first meeting, but the Badgers are now averaging 3.4 YPC. That’s still respectable, yet defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard knows that his defense must adjust, or Wisconsin will get gashed up front once more.
On offense, Coan must have some success through the air to open up the ground game. Wisconsin wants to run to set up the pass and hit big plays on play action, but that strategy didn’t work against Ohio State the first time, and it’s very unlikely to work this time around too.
Quintez Cephus is the only real threat in the receiving game, and he helped lead Wisconsin to wins over Iowa and Minnesota. Cephus must play well for the Badgers to pull off the upset.
Week 14 Recap
Ohio State continues to dominate Michigan in The Game. The Buckeyes went into the Big House and smashed the Wolverines last weekend, scoring two touchdowns in every quarter in a 56-27 rout.
Fields had one of his best performances through the air in the victory. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns, punishing this defense whenever it brought players into the box to stop the run game.
Dobbins carried the ball 31 times for 211 yards and four touchdowns as Ohio State finished the afternoon with 577 total yards of offense, but the defense gave up some big plays. The Buckeyes surrendered almost 400 total yards of offense, and Shea Patterson completed 14 of 19 passes for 250 yards in the first half. Ohio State adjusted at halftime though, holding Patterson to just 55 yards in the second half, as he completed just 4 of 24 passes.
2019 Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Schedule
||Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic
||Saturday, August 31
||Ohio State vs. Cincinnati
||Monday, September 7
||Ohio State at Indiana
||Saturday, September 14
||Ohio State vs. Miami (Ohio)
||Saturday, September 21
||Ohio State at Nebraska
||Saturday, September 28
||Ohio State vs. Michigan State
||Saturday, October 5
||Ohio State at Northwestern
||Friday, October 18
||Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
||Saturday, October 26
||Ohio State vs. Maryland
||Saturday, November 9
||Ohio State at Rutgers
||Saturday, November 16
||Ohio State vs. Penn State
||Saturday, November 23
||Ohio State at Michigan
||Saturday, November 30
The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the most perennially successful programs in the nation. They have 39 career Big Ten titles, 37 of which have come since they joined the Big Ten. Ohio State also boasts eight national championships, the most recent of which came in 2014 when quarterback Cardale Jones and his talented supporting cast hoisted the hardware.
Ohio State has one of the best rivalries in all of college sports with the Michigan Wolverines. These two teams are almost always battling for supremacy in the Big Ten, and the one that comes out on top is generally in the national championship conversation. The Buckeyes have not had many lulls of late as coaching changes have not stopped the program from remaining among the cream of the crop.
Ohio State may not be quite on the same tier as the Alabama Crimson Tide or Clemson Tigers at this point, but there is an argument to be made that they are the third-best program in the country. The Buckeyes have a lot to prove in 2019 with the new faces in the program but there is so much talent that this team can’t be counted out in any matchup.
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