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Oregon at Ohio State (-14) Betting Preview

Published on 09/08/2021
By Zachary Cohen
Oregon running back CJ Verdell
Oregon's CJ Verdell is one of the most dangerous running backs in the country.
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Oregon Ducks at Ohio State Buckeyes (-14)
Saturday 9/11, 12:00 p.m. ET

Three things you need to know before betting on Oregon-Ohio State:

1. Oregon and Ohio State have only met twice in the history of these two prestigious programs, with the Buckeyes winning and covering in both of those contests. The most recent showdown between the two was the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2015, when Ezekiel Elliott and Ohio State (-5.5) earned a 42-20 victory over Oregon. Elliott ran wild in that game, as he rushed for 246 yards and four scores. Marcus Mariota, who won the Heisman Trophy that season, was the starting quarterback for the Ducks. He threw for 333 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and he also added 39 yards on the ground. Oregon would be ecstatic to have a guy with half the talent of Mariota under center this year, as quarterback is actually one of the team’s biggest question marks right now.

2. Ohio State was in a tough spot in a road game against Minnesota last week, but the team ultimately pulled it together and covered as a 13.5-point road favorite. Freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud looked the part of the next great Buckeyes signal caller, as he threw for 294 yards with four touchdowns in his first ever start. Meanwhile, Oregon had a lot of trouble against Fresno State in the opener, as the team earned a 31-24 win as an 18-point favorite. The Ducks needed a late 30-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Anthony Brown to avoid the upset, and they’ll need to level up in this one. For what it’s worth, Oregon is 2-0 both straight-up and against the spread against Big Ten opponents with Mario Cristobal in charge. However, the team is also just 4-8 against the spread in the 12 games Cristobal has coached with a total of at least 63 points. Ohio State also happens to be 10-0 straight-up and 8-2 against the spread when coming off a cover as a double-digit favorite under head coach Ryan Day.

3. In the previously mentioned 12 games that Cristobal has coached with a total of at least 63 points, the Under has come in nine times. Also, the Under has hit in six of the 10 games the Ducks have played as underdogs under Cristobal, and it has also hit in eight of the 12 games the team has played under their head coach in the first half of the season. Meanwhile, since Day took over as the man in charge for Ohio State, the Under has hit in seven of the 10 games in which the Buckeyes were favored by 10.5 to 21 points. These teams both have reputations as having high-powered offenses, but their defenses are not to be slept on.

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