Ohio State Buckeyes 2022 Football Season Betting Guide

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Here’s all you need to know about Ohio State’s football team: It’s going to be the favorite in the Big Ten every year and reach the College Football Playoff more often than not. It’s arguably the second-best program in the nation behind Alabama. That the Buckeyes didn’t play in the Big Ten title game last year was an exception to the rules.

College Football Season Betting Guide Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Odds to win national title: +400
  • Odds to win Big Ten: -240 favorite
  • Over |Under win total: 10.5

How arrogant is Ohio State? Players and school officials saying The Ohio State University has become mantra. OSU actually applied to trademark and while it obviously can’t own the actual word the, it did win one for “THE” this week. The trademark, which was initially applied for in August, 2019, took three years to get approved and will apply to any application on clothing and apparel.

Most schools would kill for an 11-2 record and Rose Bowl title, which is what Ohio State had last year, but it was a disappointment because the Buckeyes were upset by rival Michigan 42-27 in the regular-season finale to miss out on a shot at the Big Ten Championship Game and the College Football Playoff. The Wolverines had lost eight straight in the series.

In the Rose Bowl, OSU gave a glimpse of what is to come this season with a 48-45 win over an excellent Utah team. Quarterback CJ Stroud passed for a school-record 573 yards and a record-tying six touchdowns for the Buckeyes, who won the Granddaddy of Them All for the second time in four years. Stroud’s yards passing and touchdowns were both Rose Bowl records, and he finished 3 yards shy of the record for yards passing in any bowl game. Receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba set the record for any FBS bowl game with 347 yards receiving while catching a school-record 15 passes and scoring three touchdowns.

Both Stroud and Smith-Njigba are back this year and will be the most dynamic duo in college football – Stroud is the +350 Heisman favorite. In 2021, he was the Big Ten Conference’s offensive player of the year, quarterback of the year and freshman of the year. He led the best offense in the nation with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (561.5 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.7 ppg) while also finishing No. 2 in passing efficiency and Ndigbo No. 3 in passing offense (380.9 ypg).

Stroud completed 317-of-441 passes for 4,435 yards with 44 TDs vs. just 6 INTs He finished in the top five nationally in passer efficiency rating (2nd, 186.6), touchdown passes (3rd, 44), completion percentage (3rd, 71.9), yards per game (3rd, 369.6), yard and yards/attempt (2nd, 10.1). Expect Stroud to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft unless he regresses or gets hurt this year.

Smith-Njigba had to share catches last year with both Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, but they are in the NFL now – both first-round picks. Smith-Njigba still had school-record totals of 95 receptions and 1,606 receiving yards (also a Big Ten record).

The Buckeyes also may have the most electric running back in the country in TreVeyon Henderson. He rushed for 1,248 yards and 15 scores in 2021. This offense is going to be absurd.

One issue last year was the defense but that was likely solved with the hiring of Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. He led a Cowboys defense that finished the 2021 regular season third in the nation in total defense (278.4 yards per game), fourth in yards per play (4.41), seventh in scoring defense (16.8 points per game) and second in third-down defense (25.81%). His defense has improved in terms of total defense and yards per play allowed in each of his four seasons in Stillwater.

The 2021 Buckeyes ranked in the top five of the Big Ten in sacks and interceptions but were ninth in points allowed per game (22.8) and struggled in other areas. Knowles is addressing the problem by stressing better pursuit angles, more aggression, deeper use of the roster and varying looks.

Schedule-wise, Ohio State isn’t going to be an underdog once in the regular season unless Stroud gets hurt. The Buckeyes open Sept. 3 as 15-point home favorites over an excellent Notre Dame team – which should tell you how good this team will be. The only realistic losses might be at Michigan State or at Penn State.

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Author: Lucy Green