The Ohio State Buckeyes will have a new look and feel to them when they take to the gridiron for the upcoming 2019 regular season, You see, longtime head coach Urban Meyer is out and former assistant Ryan Day is set to take over as the full-time coach after leading the Buckeyes to an unblemished 3-0 record a year ago in Meyer’s absence.
Not only that, but the Buckeyes will also have a new starting quarterback after gifted signal-caller Dwayne Haskins took his immense talents to the NFL. If you want to know what lies ahead for the Big ten national championship hopefuls, then let’s get to my expert betting guide on the Buckeyes 2019 season right now.
Ohio State Buckeyes 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 13-1 (W-L) / 7-7-0 (ATS) / 6-3-0 (Home) / 1-4-0 (Away) / 2-2-0 (Grass) / 5-5-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 7-7-0 (W-L) / 4-5-0 (Home) / 3-2-0 (Away) / 1-3-0 (Grass) / 6-4-0 (Turf) / 67.9 (Total)
Ohio State finished the 2018 season with a fantastic 13-1 record with their only loss coming against Purdue (40-29) in Week 8. The Buckeyes went a deadeven 7-7 ATS while covering the chalk six times at home, but just once on the road. Ohio State also compiled an identical 7-7 ATS mark last season while playing Under the total five times at home and twice on the road.
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Parris Campbell (12)
- Rushing: J.K. Dobbins (1053)
- Passing: Dwayne Haskins (4831)
- Receiving: Parris Campbell (1063)
- Interceptions: Shaun Wade (3)
Wide receiver Parris Campbell recorded a team-high 12 touchdowns while Now, junior running back J.K. Dobbins rushed for a team-high 1,053 yards. The strong-armed Haskins passed for a stupendous 4,831 yards with a mind-boggling 50 TD tosses and a modest eight interceptions. Junior cornerback Shaun Wade recorded a team-high three interceptions a year ago, but the Buckeyes will be without Campbell and Haskins in 2019.
- Total Yards: 535.7 / Rank 2
- Passing Yards: 364.3 / Rank 2
- Rushing Yards: 171.4 /Rank 63
- Points Scored: 42.4 / Rank 8
- Field Goal %: 72.2 / Rank 74
Ohio State finished the 2018 season ranked a stupendous second in total offense and an identical second in passing while also finishing an uninspiring 63rd in rushing, but a stellar eighth in scoring (42.4 ppg).
- Total Yards: 404 / Rank 72
- Passing Yards: 245.2 / Rank 86
- Rushing Yards: 158.8 /Rank 57
- Points Allowed: 25.5 / Rank 52
- Field Goal %: 63.6 / Rank 30
Defensively, Ohio State finished 72nd overall, 86th against the pass, 57th against the run and a modest 52nd in points allowed (25.5 ppg).
Ryan Day clearly knows how to coach offense, but the Buckeyes lost some elite talent, starting with all-world defensive end Nick Bosa and Dwayne Haskins. Day and his staff will be almost certainly going with Georgia transfer Justin Fields as the replacement for Haskins, but right now, no one knows just how that’s going to turn out despite Fields’ high regard as a former five-star recruit. The good news is that Ohio State has an elite running back in J.K. Dobbins who should see a lot more carries in 2019 than he did a year ago.
If Fields plays to the level of his ability, then the Buckeyes will have a good chance to challenge for a berth in the four-team College Football Playoff. If he struggles, the Buckeyes will struggle to put points on the board. Struggles could and maybe should be expected seeing as how the Buckeyes lost three starters on the offensive line.
On the other side of the ball, I’m hesitant to believe that Ohio State will see some big improvements seeing s how they lost a real star in Nick Bosa and the versatile Dre’Mont Jones. The Buckeyes have yet to overcome the loss of former star linebacker Raekown McMillan a few years ago and the defense as a whole just doesn’t look overly daunting.
The Buckeyes have what look like challenging home contests against Michigan State, Wisconsin and Penn State. Ohio State also has a pair of tough road dates against two improving programs iat Nebraska and Northwestern, not to mention a super tough regular season finale on the road at Michigan. I’m thinking two, or even three losses sounds about right for the changing Buckeyes in 2019, although I like the continuity they have with Day already being on staff and familiar with all of his team’s current players.