Oregon vs. Ohio State Championship Odds & Expert Picks 2015
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The first ever college football playoff has given us an interesting finale. Neither the Ohio State Buckeyes nor the Oregon Ducks would have played in the BCS Championship Game had we still been under the old system, but they both earned their way here by beating the two teams who would have played in the game.
Oregon is favored by a touchdown in the first ever title game, while the ‘total’ is set at 73.
OREGON – OHIO STATE CFB CHAMPIONSHIP LINE 2015:
1. Why OHIO STATE will cover the spread: Is there anything the Buckeyes can’t do? Head Coach Urban Meyer took a second-string quarterback and made it to the college football playoff with him, and now he took a third-string quarterback and turned him into the man who won the Big Ten Championship Game and the first college football semifinal. It’s not that we trust QB Cardale Jones all that much, but we do trust the Ohio State system.
RB Ezekiel Elliott just ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns against the Alabama defense, and if he can do that against what was perceived to be the best defense in America, we can only imagine what he can do against an Oregon defense which wasn’t fantastic against Florida State on New Year’s Day.
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2. Why OREGON will cover the spread: The Ducks weren’t legitimately 39 points better than Florida State in the Rose Bowl, as they were helped along the way by FSU turnovers, but there is no doubt that they were the better of the two teams by a country mile. The biggest question when it comes to the Quack Attack is whether anyone can slow down QB Marcus Mariota and this offense.
It took a little while to get going, but once the Ducks got their offense in sync, there was no way that Florida State was going to stop them. If this unit can mimic that same success against the OSU defense, this could end up being another runaway victory to close out Mariota’s collegiate career.
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3. Total Talk: Four straight Ohio State games have gone past the ‘total’. The team has scored at least 42 points in four games in a row and six out of seven. You wouldn’t think so, but the Buckeyes have scored at least 31 points in all but one game this year. Oregon actually has played three of its last four games ‘under’ the ‘total’ thanks to a defense which has allowed 20 points or fewer in four straight games. The Ducks aren’t just about their offense.
4. Betting Trends OSU/OREGON: Back in the beginning of October, Oregon lost to the Arizona Wildcats. Since that point, the Ducks are 10-0 SU and ATS, and they have beaten their last nine foes by at least 24 points apiece. Ohio State hasn’t lost since getting dropped by the Virginia Tech Hokies in the second game of the season, and it has now won two straight games SU in spite of the fact that it has been a dog in each of those games.
Oregon 45 – Ohio State 27