The No. 12 Oregon Ducks hit the road to face the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon. Ohio State’s young quarterback C.J. Stroud is ready for his second game as a starter. The weather’s right at an expected 78 degrees and it’s time for two college football titans to square off. When logging onto your sportsbook, be sure to get all the latest information first.
|Game: Oregon Ducks (1-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)
Location: Ohio Stadium
Time: Noon ET
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Head to Head
The last time these two faced off was six years ago in 2015 for the national title. Ezekiel Elliott, a name you’re likely familiar with now, rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns. The game ended in sorrow for the Ducks, who were blown out 42-20. Oregon surprisingly came in as the favorite in that game, but the Buckeyes had other plans.
Next game: Home vs. Stony Brook Seawolves
The Oregon Ducks beat the Fresno State Bulldogs 31-24 in Week 1. This was a hard-fought game for the Ducks as Fresno State had the lead in the fourth quarter. After some key drives from Oregon, the Ducks were able to get the lead with a 30-yard run by Anthony Brown. Although the game was probably too close to comfort for the Ducks, they pulled off the victory.
The Ducks were 19½-point favorites over the Bulldogs and, needless to say, they didn’t cover. This is troubling to see because you have to wonder how bad their defense will hold against the Buckeyes. Considering they had a tough time covering Fresno State, the coaching staff needs to make some adjustments.
Arguably the best defensive end in the country, Kayvon Thibodeaux will likely be sidelined on Saturday. He left the game against Fresno State with a leg injury and is “questionable” for the game against the Buckeyes. That will limit the possibility of Oregon putting pressure on Stroud.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Next game: Home vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Ohio State had a similar outing as Oregon in Week 1. The Buckeyes faced off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers and escaped with a 45-31 win. Had it not been for a third-quarter push, the game could’ve ended up very differently. The biggest story was Stroud starting in his first-ever college game. He handled himself well after the early-game jitters and finished with 294 yards passing and four touchdowns.
This game ended in a rare push, meaning Ohio State didn’t score enough to cover. To be fair, we have to consider how Stroud performed early in the game. Now that he’s had some prime-time reps against a good defense, he should play much better.
Sevyn Banks and Cameron Brown, the starting cornerbacks are likely going to be out on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, the secondary has taken a big hit, allowing teams to exploit holes in the zone. Perhaps coach Ryan Day will find a way to remedy this issue by Saturday.
Betting on the Game
When taking a look at NCAA football odds, the most glaring problems is that neither team covered in Week 1. That lack of consistency can be a real issue when making a pick. Ohio State’s defense got put through the wringer by Minnesota, allowing 405 total yards. We could imagine that it would’ve been worse had Minnesota’s starting running back did not get hurt. The defensive issues are going to hurt Ohio State against Oregon.
Frankly, Oregon is in the same boat as Ohio State, with a distinct lack of defense. This time they won’t be going against a subpar offense, though. They’ll have to find a way to deal with some of the best receivers in the country. Also, Stroud looked great in the second half against Minnesota. The question is, are 14½ points enough room for the mistakes Oregon is likely to make?
If we believed that Oregon had a chance to win this game, the +475 moneyline would be great. However, after watching them struggle to beat Fresno State, we just can’t justify a moneyline bet. The spread is where Oregon will have the best chance, so leave the moneyline alone. Also, there’s no reason when betting online to take Ohio State on the moneyline either as there’s no money in it.
The total here is 63½ points, quite a lot for standard teams but not for these two. Both teams have suspect defenses that’ll allow for a lot of points. The total has gone over in six of Ohio State’s last seven games, something to keep in mind. Ohio State also went well over the total against Minnesota. One of our college football picks for Week 2 is the Buckeyes!
Final Score: Ohio State Buckeyes 49, Oregon Ducks 30