Ohio State suspends Bosa
COLUMBUS, OH (TheSpread) – The Ohio State Buckeyes remain in the news this week, but this time it is because they will be short handed in the season opener against Virginia Tech.
Ohio State announced on Thursday that defensive end Joey Bosa, H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson as well as receiver Corey Smith will be suspended for the season opener due to either marijuana or academics, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.
“I kind of knew about this for a little bit,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “The university and the athletic department has policies that I fully support. Whether it's a sprained ankle or stuff [like a suspension], you try to create a culture and move forward. We lost Braxton Miller [last season] 10 days before our first game, we lost J.T. Barrett a week before the Big Ten championship game, and you just push forward. Get going, move forward.”
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Ohio State is the favorite to win the national title next season, as it has odds of +300 to win. When it comes to the season opener with Virginia Tech, Ohio State is currently listed as a 10-point road favorite vs. the Hokies. The over/under total has been set at 53 points. These two will meet on Monday, Sept. 7.
Bosa is the biggest loss as he comes into the season as one of the top defensive players and a future first-round NFL Draft pick. Bosa had 13.5 sacks in 2014, second-most of any returning player. Marshall was a contributor as well, as he had 145 rushing yards and 499 receiving yards with six touchdowns in 2014.