Ohio State Buckeyes Odds - Fiesta Bowl Betting

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Ohio State Buckeyes Betting

Ohio State is making its third trip to the College Football Playoff this year. The Buckeyes have been one of the two teams left out the last two seasons, but they were the No. 1 team for much of this year after running the table in the Big Ten. They were the first team to win the CFP by upsetting Alabama and Oregon on their way to a national championship in 2014, but their second appearance did not go well. The Buckeyes were smashed 31-0 by Clemson in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State failed to do much of anything on offense that day, and Clemson went on to beat Alabama for the national championship two weeks later. The Buckeyes will meet the Tigers again in the Fiesta Bowl this year, and they should at least score points this time around. However, Ohio State is a short underdog by the college football betting line despite being the No. 2 seed in the eyes of the Selection Committee.

Fiesta Bowl Odds

Clemson Tigers -2

Ohio State Buckeyes +2

Total 63.5

Ryan Day assured that there was no drop off in Columbus after Urban Meyer stepped away from the game. Ohio State was fantastic this season, winning every game by double digits as the Buckeyes cruised to another Big Ten Championship.

Justin Fields had an incredible year, completing 67.5 percent of his passes for almost 3,000 yards with 40 touchdowns compared to just one interception. He was a very good runner too, but he was sacked a surprising 27 times on the year.

The run game is phenomenal though. Ohio State has run for 3,539 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2019. J.K. Dobbins could surpass 2,000 yards on the ground, and he has 20 rushing touchdowns already this campaign. Master Teague III is averaging 6.1 YPC, and the offensive line might be the best in the nation.

Ohio State also has solid receivers, although they aren’t used often. Chris Olave and K.J. Hill both have double digit touchdown receptions, and Binjimen Victor is a valued deep threat in this offense.

Clemson has the best pass defense in the country. The Tigers are allowing an FBS best 5.1 YPA and 140.3 YPG through the air, and this secondary is not afraid to play man coverage against your receivers. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables may dare Fields to beat his corners over the top.

Trevor Lawrence is still one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and he will make life difficult for Ohio State. Lawrence has been on a tear after a turnover plagued September, reminding everyone of the quarterback that was considered a lock to be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He has completed 68.8 percent of his passes and is averaging 9.4 YPA with 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The sophomore hasn’t thrown an interception in his last six games though.

Tee Higgins has 1,082 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 20.8 YPC, while Travis Etienne has had a fabulous year as the No. 1 running back at Clemson. Etienne is averaging 8.2 YPC, running for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2019.

The Buckeyes’ defense is elite. They are conceding just 3.7 yards per play, and their secondary is allowing opponents to complete just 50.6 percent of their passes. Chase Young is the best defensive lineman in the country, and he can disrupt a lot of what Clemson wants to do on offense.

Regular Season Recap

Ohio State coasted for most of the season. The Buckeyes waxed Cincinnati in Week 2 to show they were a team to be reckoned with and they continued to pound opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State heading into the final few weeks of the season. That’s when they had their toughest tests, facing Penn State, Michigan, and Wisconsin in consecutive weeks.

Penn State showed that Ohio State isn’t unbeatable in a 28-17 defeat. Michigan hung around for a quarter before Ohio State pulled away, and Wisconsin was up 21-7 at halftime of the Big Ten Championship Game. The Buckeyes stormed back to win the game 34-21, but the result was enough to drop Ohio State to No. 2 in the CFP.

2019-20 College Bowls Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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