Ohio State Buckeyes' College Football Season Win Total Picks

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:14 PM GMT

Urban Meyer became the first coach in major college football history to win 20-or-more consecutive games at three different locations. This expert handicapper shares his recommendation for the Ohio State Buckeyes under Meyer in 2014-15.

College football handicappers will find that Urban Meyer has produced a 20-2 straight-up record on the road against conference opponents in his last six years on the sidelines, with both losses coming against the No. 1 team in the country at the time.

 

Miller Time
Senior quarterback Braxton Miller has more Big Ten individual awards (7) than any player in league history, but he’s still in the recover phase of undergoing offseason surgery to his throwing shoulder.

Ohio State doesn’t have much experience behind him if the talented signal-caller gets injured in 2014, considering third-year sophomore Cardale Jones was on the field for all of 39 plays in three games a year ago.

 

Question Marks
The Buckeyes will likely be favored in 11 of their 12 games when looking over the NCAA football odds on a weekly basis, which is one of the main reasons for the high tariff on playing the 'over' in this proposition offering.

Ohio State certainly has some question marks, as it needs to replace running back Carlos Hyde and leading tackler Ryan Shazier, while four upperclassmen on its offensive line from a year ago are all in NFL training camps.

Since Meyer arrived in Columbus, the squad has averaged a remarkable 278 rushing yards.

 

Schedule
Starting off against Navy is actually an advantage for the team, as it’ll have plenty of time to get ready for the option running game, but Meyer is also prepping for a Week 2 battle against Virginia Tech.

The Buckeyes first major test in conference play will likely come on the road against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Oct. 25, but that opponent is hampered by NCAA sanctions and may be banged up heading into that affair.

It’s possible that the program will kick off as a road underdog when taking on the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing on Nov. 8, as it tries to gain revenge from a 34-24 setback in last year’s conference championship game.

 

Prediction
The Buckeyes are starting to look more like a Southeastern Conference squad due to Meyer’s recruiting prowess in recent years, as he anticipates having the most athletic roster in the Big Ten.

Ohio State won’t have to bang helmets with Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin this year, which will allow it to play an up-tempo style throughout the 2014 campaign.

I expect a big year in Columbus.

Recommendation: Over 10.5 regular season wins