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The Ohio State Buckeyes are now halfway through their regular season schedule, and they have yet to be seriously tested. Ohio State has won each of its six games by at least 24 points, and the Buckeyes have not had trouble with Cincinnati, Nebraska, or Michigan State. This team is looking like the best team in the Big Ten once more, and now they get a break from the schedule makers with two bye weeks in the next four weeks. Ohio State will take on Northwestern and Wisconsin after the bye.
2019 Ohio State Buckeyes at a Glance
Buckeyes National Championship Odds: +625 (Oct.1)
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Justin Fields has now recorded a rushing and passing touchdown in each of his six games with Ohio State. He is four games away from tying the record that Houston’s D’Eriq King set earlier in the season, and he has established himself as a legitimate candidate to win college’s top individual honor per the Heisman Trophy betting odds.
His play has helped establish Ohio State as a title contender once more, and the Buckeyes are one of the top three or four favorites per the CFP betting odds. Fields has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 1,298 yards with 18 touchdowns and one interception on the season. He has yet to throw for more than 235 yards in a game with the Buckeyes, as Ryan Day has not needed to release him in the passing game just yet. Fields has not thrown more than 25 passes in a game this season.
The ground game has been elite. Ohio State is averaging 6.2 YPC on the year, and that’s with Fields being sacked 12 times in five games. J.K. Dobbins has led the way by running the ball 116 times for 826 yards and six touchdowns, and Marcus Teague III hasn’t been far behind with 416 yards and three touchdowns. This offense has somehow been even more explosive than it was under Urban Meyer, and that’s saying something. Ohio State is ranked 5th in offensive SP+.
Ohio State’s defense is light years better than it was last year too. The departure of Alex Grinch, Greg Schiano, Nick Bosa, and others led many to question this side of the ball headed into 2019, but the Buckeyes have done an excellent job here. They have the 3rd ranked defense per SP+, and they have yet to allow any offense to have success against them on the ground or through the air. They have allowed just 32 points in their last five games.
The Buckeyes will be a double-digit favorite per the college football betting odds against Northwestern next Friday, and they are going to be a favorite against Wisconsin in Columbus the week after that. Ohio State won’t be tested against Maryland or Rutgers, but the Buckeyes must close out their season at home against Penn State and on the road against Michigan.
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Ohio State did almost all its damage against Michigan State in the second quarter. The Buckeyes scored 24 of their 34 points in the second quarter to earn a 34-10 win over the Spartans last weekend. They held on to cover per the NCAAF betting odds despite being a prodigious favorite in the game.
The Buckeyes nearly doubled up the Spartans in terms of total yardage, and they wore down the front seven over the course of the game. Despite not having much luck running the ball in the first quarter, Ohio State kept pounding the ball up the middle and eventually started to crack one of the best run defenses in the nation. The Buckeyes finished the day with 323 rushing yards, averaging 6.6 YPC.
Dobbins had a big day with 24 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown, and Fields was impressive too. Fields threw his first interception of the year, but he also completed 68 percent of his passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns and averaged 6.6 YPA. He added 61 yards and a touchdown on the ground too.
Michigan State didn’t have much success on offense. Brian Lewerke wasn’t bad throwing the ball, but the run game didn’t get much going against this defense. The Spartans had a chance to cover late, but they missed a field goal and Lewerke threw an interception in Ohio State territory.
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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