Ohio State’s Must-see NCAA Football Odds Games for 2015
The 2014 National Championships, the Ohio State Buckeyes, are hoping to reclaim the title in 2015 and become the second program to defend the title since Alabama achieved the feat in 2012. However, it doesn’t look all rosy for the Buckeyes, who open the season at Virginia Tech, the lone team to defeat Ohio State last year. Moreover, the Buckeyes are returning just 14 starters from last year’s team and they enter the 2015 season with a lot of pressure to prove themselves as the No.1 program in college football. As we wait for the new season to unfold and tell us whether or not the Buckeyes are the team to beat in the College Football betting odds, here are some of Ohio State’s must-see games, most of which will crucially determine the aptitude of the team’s success in the 2015 college football season.
Let’s Count Down Ohio State’s Must-see NCAA Football Odds Games for 2015
Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech, September 7
Pick: Ohio State
When these two programs met in 2014, Virginia Tech beat Ohio State 35-21, giving the Buckeyes their first (and eventually only) loss of the season. Even though Ohio State ended up winning the title, the loss was one that could have cost them a shot in the playoffs, had the college football committee not voted in their favor. During the loss, QB Braxton Miller had an injury and QB JT Barrett failed to inspire much in the game. This time round, the Buckeyes will be all good and Barrett, who has turned himself into a Heisman candidate alongside Miller and Cardale Jones, will have a variety of options to avoid last season’s upset. For this reason, the Buckeyes look likely to avenge the last season’s loss in solid fashion to send a clear message that they are out for another national championship title, possibly with an unbeaten record.
Ohio State vs. Penn State, October 17
Pick: Ohio State
When Ohio State played Penn State last season, they blew out a 17-point half time lead, but managed to escape with a 34-17 win. Obviously, Penn State is likely to draw some inspiration from that game, playing better and hoping to improve on how it starts the game. Conversely, the Buckeyes, who are favorites to win this game, will want to avoid giving Penn State a chance to come back into the game, like they did last year. This will particularly important as Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg (who stole the show in last year’s game with 224 yards and one TD) will be available in the starting lineup and will probably be looking to impress the for his team the NFL recruits who will be watching him.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota, November 7
Pick: Ohio State
These programs have met 50 times in their history and the Buckeyes own a very large lead of 43-7, including a winning streak of 9-0 in the past nine meetings between them. In what was the first meeting between the two programs since 2010, the Buckeyes won 31-24 last year against the Golden Gophers, who were ranked No. 25 at the time. This year, the Golden Gophers will be hitting the road against the Buckeyes on the heels of playing Michigan and Nebraska in a span of three weeks. On the flipside, the Buckeyes will be coming off an open week and will be in a position to control the game, presenting even a bigger task for the Golden Gophers than in 2014. So although this will be a must-see game, one in which many Big Ten teams will be hoping to see an upset for Ohio State, there can only be one winner here, and it won’t be Minnesota.
Ohio State vs. Michigan State, November 21
Pick: Michigan State
The Bucks and Spartans have had the best of clashes in the Big Ten over the recent years, particularly when they met in the Big Ten Championship game two years ago, where Michigan State emerged victorious. So whereas the Buckeyes had a superb season last year, the Spartans (who were not so bad in 2014) should be able to provide a top-tier matchup, considering both teams enter the season with formidable talent on both sides of the ball. Being a November game, this clash could determine several key things, including who wins the Big Ten East title, which team goes to the Big Ten Championship game and boost stocks for various players from both teams in the Heisman Trophy contention. Besides the title implications of this game, the clash is bound to provide some fireworks for the long-standing rivalry between the two teams and their respective fans, making it one of the biggest games to watch in 2015. I know the Bucks will be favored, but going by the revamped Spartan roster, I expect Michigan State to shock the college football odds with a win in this clash.
Ohio State vs. Michigan, November 28
Pick: Ohio State
The Rivalry between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines is among the greatest in Big Ten conference and the college football fraternity, at large. This year’s clash offers great value for both teams, as it will be played in the final week of the season and it could have a direct impact on the race for Big Ten Conference championship. Most recently, the Buckeyes have dominated the rivalry, winning 12 of their past 14 meetings, including last season where Barrett was replaced by Jones early in the final quarter after suffering a season-ending injury. Although the Buckeyes are likely to win this game, Michigan will definitely be going all guns out, so don’t be surprised if new head coach Jim Harbaugh ruin Ohio State’s national ambitions with an upset win for the Wolverines.