Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State has far-reaching consequences in the College Football Playoff Hunt. Here’s a look at what it means and the impact it has on the football odds board.
Ohio State lose on last-gasp field goal
The Spartans upset the Buckeyes 17-14 at the weekend, stunning college betting fans the nation over. Michael Geiger struck a 41-yard field goal in the dying seconds of the game to clinch the win for the Spartans.
On the surface, Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State ends the Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak and sets them back in the Big East table. But it goes deeper than that. It effectively cedes control of the Big 10 East to the Spartans and, in all likelihood, ends Ohio State’s chance to repeat as national champions.
Ironically, this wasn’t the first time the Spartans played the role of spoilers. They beat Ohio State in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game, snapping a 24-game winning streak by the Buckeyes at the time and, in turn, thwarting their bid to reach the BSC title game.
Two years on, they do it again. Relishing the role of spoilers, the Spartans masterminded one of the biggest upsets this season all while trading as the significant 13-point underdogs or thereabouts depending on your preferred sports betting shop.
Next week the Spartans face Penn State at home, with a spot in the Big Ten Championship game on the line. Ohio State face Michigan next week with potentially a spot in the Rose Bowl riding on the outcome – that’s most likely the most they could hope for now.
College Football Futures Odds
Ohio State were riding roughshod over the field and the college future odds board for the better part of the season. They were unanimously billed as the No.1 team and the runaway favourites to win outright. Only a week ago, ahead of week 12 of the college football season, they were amongst the top faves, matched on +300 soccer odds or thereabouts depending on your sportsbook of choice.
On a cold, rainy and windy day in Columbus their hopes were dashed in one fell swoop of Geiger’s boot. And as they stood there on the side lines, watching the pigskin soar merrily between the posts, their College Football Odds plummeted to +3000 or higher as bookies around the nation were forced to revaluate the college betting landscape.
Alabama now emerge as the top College Football Pick at +160 football odds followed by Clemsen at +300. Here is a complete list of the college football odds currently trading.
College Football Futures Ahead of Week 13
Notre Dame +800
Michigan State +1000
Ohio State +3300
Oklahoma State +5000
North Carolina +5000