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Ohio State Buckeyes Odds - Rebuilding Buckeyes should still contend for Big 10

Posted by Blake Frazier on 4/19/2012 9:48:55 AM
NCAAF oddsThe Ohio State Buckeyes odds to win the Championship aren’t as strong as they were at the beginning of last season, as a lot has changed. Online betting handicappers know that the team lost running back Beanie Wells as well as talent off their defense. Still, Ohio State should be among the frontrunners to conquer the weak Big 10.

Ohio State Buckeyes odds: Buckeyes success contingent on Pryor

  • Pryor has been vigorously working on his passing this offseason
  • Only 12 starters return on offense and defense
  • No back-to-back road games on the schedule

The Ohio State Buckeyes odds to win the Big 10 again make them the favorites. While they return as a team that won’t be as strong, the reality is that the Big 10 just doesn’t have enough competition for them.

The sportsbook lines makers put a lot of faith in Ohio State because they arguably have the best quarterback in the conference. Terrelle Pryor started as a true freshmen and eventually usurped the job away from Todd Boeckman. But Pryor was more of a threat on the ground last year than in the air, which is why a lot of college football betting fans are happy to know that it was his passing he so diligently worked on this offseason. The Buckeyes odds are strong because of that - Pryor is a dual threat and possibly the best player in the conference now, which gives the team a chance to win every single week. Without Beanie Wells in the backfield now, the offense is now contingent mostly on the shoulder and legs of Pryor.

With only 12 starters back, the Buckeyes have some work to do. The biggest reason for the drop in Ohio State Buckeyes odds is because their defense has to rebuild the linebacking corps and secondary. But with no back-to-back road games this year, Ohio State should be in a really good bowl game. The Ohio State Buckeyes odds to go to the BCS will obviously improve if they can exact revenge on USC (at home on September 12th) and Penn State (at Happy Valley on November 7th).

For more analysis on sports betting and matchups, check out the Betting Edge regularly throughout the season.

Blake walked onto his college football team and had a brief stint as an assistant coach after he graduated. He brings a sharp mind to the world of sports handicapping. Blake understands the nuances of the game that only someone who has played would understand. Thoughts or questions?



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