Ohio Sports Betting: Ohio State Buckeyes College Football Futures
The Ohio State Buckeyes return in 2023 with a new quarterback but the same lofty expectations. They were a missed field goal away from likely capturing another National Championship but are also on a two-game losing skid to arch rival Michigan. Ohio State remains among the favorites in college football futures odds, leading the Big Ten market as well as holding the third-shortest odds to win the National Championship. As the Buckeye State gears up for its first full season betting college football legally, let’s dive into Ohio State’s forecast for this year.
THE Ohio State begins its 2023 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Indiana Hoosiers. Ohio State is a massive favorite in the season opener and the over/under sits at points. Check out TheLines YouTube channel for college football Week 1 game breakdowns.
Ohio State futures odds
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College Football National Championship
Thanks to another loaded roster – particularly at the skill positions – Ohio State remains among the short favorites to win the National Championship. The Buckeyes roll into 2023 with odds to claim their ninth title, first since 2014. Two-time defending champion Georgia and Alabama are the lone teams with shorter odds this year.
Both Kyle McCord and Devin Brown will play early in the season, with a clear starter not yet determined. Either new face at QB gets the nation’s top receiving room at their disposal, led by Heisman candidate Marvin Harrison Jr. The offensive line needs some retooling after losing two All American tackles and their starting center. Defensively, the Buckeyes relied on transfers to shore up the unit, headlined by defensive backs Ja’Had Carter (Syracuse) and Davison Igbinosun (Ole Miss).
Ohio State clinched a fifth College Football Playoff berth in 2022 despite not winning the Big Ten. While certainly a possibility again, it’s more likely that Ryan Day’s crew would have to win the conference to get CFP considerations.
According to KFord Ratings’ preseason projections, Ohio State has a 53% chance to make the CFP and a 58% chance to represent the Big Ten East in Indianapolis. TheLines’ lead college football writer Brett Gibbons power ranks the Buckeyes first in the Big Ten.
Odds To Win The Big Ten
Despite Michigan owning a two-year win streak of both The Game and the Big Ten, Ohio State is the frontrunner to reclaim the conference (). The Wolverines are a razor-thin second – even tied for first at some shops – followed by the Big Ten East’s third horse, Penn State.
A rebuilt Wisconsin leads the charge from the West, but the East has claimed every conference title since 2012.
Notably, the Big Ten champion, if not selected for the CFP, would not play in this year’s Rose Bowl. The Granddaddy of Them All is a semifinal game and next year will be permanently folded into the Playoff field.
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Each year, multiple Buckeyes grace the preseason short list for the Heisman Trophy. Despite not being named the surefire starter, McCord has favorable odds to win the award, trailed by Brown (). Whoever is eventually named the starter will likely see their odds plummet to 20-1 or shorter.
Although 11 QBs have won the last 13 awards, the Buckeyes offer multiple candidates at skill positions. As mentioned, Harrison Jr. has taken on plenty of money at BetMGM Sportsbook this offseason. Running mate Emeka Egbuka () and dual threat running back TreVeyon Henderson () have longer, but still viable, Heisman odds.
Ohio State Futures Odds: Win Total Assessment
Nobody in the Big Ten projects for more wins than Ohio State. Their best win total currently sits at , tied for the highest projected total. FanDuel Sportsbook also offers +310 odds for the Buckeyes to go undefeated, although a rolling parlay would offer more in terms of value (projected around +450 per preseason projections).
Ohio State plays the 30th-most difficult schedule in the country and seventh-most difficult in the Big Ten. A Week 4 trip to Notre Dame highlights the early season test (Ohio State with about a 74% chance to win). A back-to-back versus Penn State (77.5%) and at Wisconsin (80.7%) bolster the middle, while the traditional rivalry at Michigan (52.6%) caps the season. Seven times do the Buckeyes project to be -21 or greater favorites.
TheLines preseason numbers project Ohio State for 10.8 regular season wins. TheLines.com contributor Kelley Ford has the Buckeyes favored by 10+ points in every game but one (at Michigan).
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