Another year, another season where Ohio State leads Big Ten odds tables and competes nationally. This year might be Ryan Day‘s biggest, as he returns a haul not normally seen in Columbus. Projections from Phil Steele suggest Ohio State could be a 50-point-per-game offense with a revamped defense. Besides Alabama, there may not be a more talented and capable team in the country.
This page will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2022 season. Where do they stand on college football odds tables and in search of their second College Football Playoff National Championship?
Week 2 Odds: Ohio State vs. Arkansas State
On the back of a terrific defensive performance, Ohio State remains home to face Arkansas State. The Buckeyes are steep favorites in a game that should be more target practice than competition. Expect Ohio State’s offense to look for a rhythm in this game against a Red Wolves defense that’s projected to be a bottom-10 unit nationally. In 2021, 66.7% of favorites in games with a total over 65 points covered their spread.
Ohio State odds, 2022 team preview
As cited by ESPN’s Bill Connelly, Ohio State returning top-25 production in the nation is unheard of for a team of their caliber. Year-in and year-out, departures to the NFL rarely inhibit the Buckeyes for the following season, but that’s never more true than for 2022.
Back is Heisman Trophy favorite QB CJ Stroud, the nation’s top receiver in Smith-Njigba, one of the most dangerous running backs in TreVeyon Henderson, and a top-three OL unit according to Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. And that’s all just on the offensive side. Stroud has by far the most talented receiving corps to work with, including Marvin Harrison Jr. (who had three TDs of his own in the Rose Bowl), versatile speedster Emeka Egbuka, former five-star Julian Fleming, and a handful of other top recruits.
Despite being lauded in the preseason, the OL may not be as sure as advertised. Likely first-round pick Paris Johnson moved back to tackle after playing two years at guard and some of these returning starters were part of a at-times problematic group a year ago. You wouldn’t realize it by Stroud’s low sack rate and Henderson’s yards per carry average, but this could be the unit to hold things back.
Defensively, there’s a huge change coming. The Buckeyes handed Knowels the bag to fix their defense. He’s a blitz-happy, ultra-aggressive, yet creative play caller. Last season, defensive play calling was a certified disaster and directly led to their Oregon and Michigan losses.
Talented players like Zach Harrison and Denzel Burke could shine in this new defense; they also added safety Tanner McCalister via the transfer portal and return leading-tackler Ronnie Hickman.
Ohio State is favored by double digits in every game, including their rivalry game against Michigan.
Players to watch
Everyone knows who CJ Stroud and Jaxson Smith-Njigba are, so we’ll focus on three other players worth note.
- RB TreVeyon Henderson: 6.8 yards per carry on 183 carries and 15 touchdowns as a true freshman is just ridiculous. Henderson is in contention for the best running back in the country and is certainly one of the most dangerous out of the backfield. What makes Henderson so tough to stop is a short-distance burst that puts defenders on ice and forces terrible pursuit angles from the defense.
- WR Marvin Harrison Jr.: The receiving room at Ohio State is an embarrassment of riches. JSN is the clear No. 1, but his performance seriously overshadowed a three-touchdown outing in the Rose Bowl from Harrison. Son of the NFL Hall-of-Famer, he will be an explosive No. 2 for the Buckeyes that will feast off advantageous matchups while the opposition looks to handle JSN.
- CB Denzel Burke: Ohio State’s defense wasn’t great last year, but freshman Denzel Burke wasn’t the problem. He’s the next in a long line of shutdown corners in Columbus, often handling opposing top receivers with ease. Burke recorded 12 pass breakups in 2021, one of the top marks in the nation. He’s also a hard-nosed tackler, providing security on the edge.
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Ohio State schedule and betting odds
|9/3/22||vs. Notre Dame||W 21-10|
|9/10/22||vs. Arkansas State||12:00 p.m.||-44.5|
|9/17/22||vs. Toledo||7:00 p.m.||OTB|
|10/1/22||vs. Rutgers||3:30 p.m.||OTB|
|10/8/22||at Michigan State||TBA||-11.5|
|10/29/22||at Penn State||12:00 p.m.||-12|
|11/26/22||vs. Michigan||12:00 p.m.||-13.5|
|12/3/22||Big Ten Championship||8:00 p.m.|
Ohio State Nittany Lions futures odds
College football futures odds will continue to shift as the season progresses. Because of the length of college football schedules, futures odds may shift dramatically week-to-week.
Ohio State win total
Ohio State is forecast for the maximum amount of wins in 2022, over . Regardless of the schedule, betting under the Buckeyes’ win total is a dicey proposition each year.
Odds to win 2023 National Championship
The Buckeyes are one of the favorites to win the title with odds. Only Alabama has shorter odds and they’re competing with Georgia for second.
Odds to win Big Ten Championship
Ohio State is a strong odds-on favorite to win their sixth Big Ten Championship in nine seasons.
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