College Football Odds    Third Guys a Charm for Ohio State

College Football Odds — Third Guy’s a Charm for Ohio State

By Charles Jay

Recently the Arizona Cardinals had to go with their third-string quarterback in a playoff game against the Carolina Panthers, and the results were disastrous. Not only was Arizona beaten, but they managed only 78 total yards in the game, which set a new NFL playoff record for futility. You figure that because these guys are professionals, they might have better people to turn to when they have to dip into the depth chart. Vietbet patrons saw that was not the case.

It has been a whole different story at Ohio State, where the Buckeyes thought they might have a chance to win a national championship because they had the two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year coming back for another season. Well, they have a chance for the national championship alright, but not taking the route they originally planned.

In fact, far from it.

College Football Odds    Third Guys a Charm for Ohio State

Ohio State got the crushing news that Braxton Miller, whose considerable abilities had been harnessed by coach Urban Meyer in the spread offense, was going to be out for the season with a shoulder injury, which required surgery before the season began. Scrambling around for help, Meyer turned to freshman JT Barrett, who got off to a slow start as OSU lost to Virginia Tech in the home opener, causing many to write off the Buckeyes for the season. But then he went on an absolute tear, producing 34 TD’s through the air and eleven more on the ground on the way to getting All-America mention. But he broke his leg in the season finale against hated rival Michigan. That was more crushing news. Oh, well.

But wait! There’s more.

Meyer handed the ball to soph Cardale Jones, who had been best known for tweeting a message about how the lack of importance of attending classes. Now he was in the spotlight, and in time for the Big Ten championship game. Could he move the club? You tell US – Ohio State beat Wisconsin 59-0 as Jones threw for 257 yards on just 17 attempts. Then, just to show that was no fluke, he turned around and threw for 243 more against Alabama as the Buckeyes came back from a 21-6 deficit to deal the Crimson Tide a 42-35 defeat and land in the national championship game, where they will play the Oregon Ducks (8:30 PM ET).

In the college football odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at Vietbet, Ohio State is catching points:

Oregon Ducks -6
Ohio State Buckeyes +6

Over 74 points -110
Under 74 points -110

With 500 yards passing in the last two games, Jones is a threat with his arm. He is not necessarily a guy who is going to do a lot with programmed runs, although that hasn’t always been a requirement for being successful in Meyer’s offense (just ask Chris Leak). What he will have to do is take care of the ball in his own end, because Oregon can convert a turnover into a touchdown in a hurry.

A key guy, as Vietbet customers are keenly aware, is Ezekiel Elliott, a speedster who carved up Alabama in the Sugar Bowl with 230 yards, which included a spectacular 85-yard TD run with a few minutes left that put OSU up by 14 points. If Elliott can do that to the Tide, which came into the game with one of the nation’s best defenses, he can do the same against Oregon, which can be vulnerable to quality rushing attacks. But he could wind up giving Jones all the support he’ll need.

Just imagine what kind of a situation you could have in Columbus next spring if Miller, Barrett and Jones ALL show up for duty.

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College Football Odds    Third Guys a Charm for Ohio State
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College Football Odds -- Third Guy's a Charm for Ohio State
Betting Preview of NCAAFB championship game between Ohio State starting 3rd string QB Cardale Jones, and Oregon, led by Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota