Ohio State Season Odds
(TheSpread) – Ohio State went undefeated when nothing was on the line in 2012. Can the Buckeyes do it when it counts this season?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Ohio State has been given 6/1 odds to win the 2014 BCS National Championship. The Buckeyes have also been given odds of -105 to win the Big Ten Championship and a money line of -465 to win the Big Ten Leaders Division. The over/under for wins for Ohio State has been set at 11.
Urban Meyer made a great first impression at Ohio State, going 12-0 with the team unable to compete in postseason play due to NCAA sanctions. The unbeaten season was impressive, but it was played against a relatively easy schedule. This year, if the Buckeyes want to go unbeaten, they will have to face tougher tests at the end of the season.
Ohio State returns nine players on offense this year, led by dual-threat quarterback Braxton Miller, who made big strides in his sophomore season under Meyer. Last year, Miller threw for 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns. Miller is the current favorite to win the Heisman Trophy with Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M facing a possible suspension. Miller has been given 9/2 odds to win the award. Miller has four starters back on the offensive line and his top two receivers back from 2012. Also back, though currently dealing with a suspension, is running back Carlos Hyde, who rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
On defense, Ohio State returns just four starters from a group that averaged 22.8 points and 360 yards allowed per game. Despite having just four starters back, the Buckeyes bring back their leading four tacklers from 2012, led by Ryan Shazier, a linebacker that had 115 tackles and 12 tackles for loss last season. Also back is a strong secondary led by Christian Bryant and Bradley Roby, who combined for 29 pass deflections and three interceptions.
The Ohio State schedule is not overly difficult again this year. The toughest non-conference games are a road trip to Cal and a home game with San Diego State. In Big Ten play, Ohio State will host the likes of Wisconsin, Penn State and Iowa and have road games with Northwestern, Purdue, and rival Michigan. Winning the Leaders Division shouldn’t be too difficult, but Ohio State will have to end its season by beating Michigan and then winning the Big Ten Championship to go unbeaten and play for the national title. That may be a difficult task.
For a look at the odds for the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 2013 College Football Season, see below.
2013 College Football Season Odds – Ohio State Buckeyes
BCS National Champion Odds: 6/1
Big Ten Championship Odds: -105
Big Ten Leaders Championship Odds: -465
Win Total: Over/Under 11
Heisman Trophy Odds: QB Braxton Miller 9/2