Ohio State Buckeyes CFB Betting Outlook For 2022: Best Preseason Bets

Ohio State Buckeyes CFB Betting Outlook For 2022: Best Preseason Bets

Barry Devoe
10 months ago
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Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud stretches during a spring football practice

The Ohio State Buckeyes will be back with a vengeance after missing out in the College Football Playoff in 2021. Even though the Buckeyes finished 8-1 in the Big Ten and 11-2 overall, any season that doesn’t end with a College Football Playoff berth is a disappointment to Ohio State and their fans.

Ohio State could’ve salvaged their season and possibly made the playoff if it wasn’t for their loss to rival Michigan Wolverines in the last week of the season in a game that finished 42-27. Not only was this a loss to their rival, but it removed any chance they had of making the playoff and catapulted Michigan into the top four.

Ohio State eventually overcame their loss with a 48-45 victory against Utah in the Rose Bowl. Let’s look ahead at the upcoming season for the Ohio State Buckeyes and what bets you should place on them this season.

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Ohio State -14.5 vs. Notre Dame (-110)

Early odds for Ohio State’s first game of the season against Notre Dame could be an easy early win. Even though 14.5 is quite the spread, this game will be played in Columbus in a packed stadium with College Gameday at the game. The lights will be bright and I trust the Buckeyes because of their experience and talent compared to the Fighting Irish.

Ohio State To Win the College Football Playoff (+250)

This is a bit of a stretch since anything can happen during the college football season. Ohio State sits right behind Alabama and Georgia with the highest chances to win the championship next year. The return of CJ Stroud for his sophomore season will be huge for the Buckeyes offense and the passing game.

Ohio State will play nine opponents who played in a bowl game, which may sound like a bad thing at first. Although these will be tough matchups, the Buckeyes will host six of those opponents at home, including rival Michigan. A new defensive coaching staff should provide a needed upgrade to the defensive woes of last season.

CJ Stroud To Win the Heisman Trophy (+175)

Ohio State fans are expecting big things from their second year quarterback this season. Stroud threw for 4,435 yards with 44 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 72 percent. He finished fourth in Heisman voting last season but has much more to prove this season with his added experience. 

He ranked fifth in total yards, third in touchdowns and first in QBR. CJ Stroud leads the preseason odds to win the Heisman, and it is warranted. One of his favorite targets, Jaxson Smith-Njigba, will return as one of his main receivers along with talented Marvin Harrison Jr. and Julian Fleming who were able to showcase their skills in last season’s Rose Bowl.

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