Oregon Ducks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Matchup Preview

Saturday, January 3, 2015 8:45 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 8:45 PM UTC

By all accounts, the inaugural College Football playoffs have been a resounding success but after reviewing the betting odds, which of the two remaining teams has the best chance to cash?

NCAAF Props Offered by:  5Dimes | BetOnline | Bovada | SportsInteraction | Bet365 Heritage

Oregon scores first -145 (best line bet365)
OhioSt scores first +145 (best line BOL)
Team to score first wins game -180 (best line Bovada)
Team to score first loses game +160 (best line SIA)
Longest TD scored o 62½ +105 (best line Heritage)
Longest TD scored u 62½ -115 (best line 5Dimes)
Game total odd -125 (best line bet365)
Game total even  +110 (best line 5Dimes)


Unless you live under a rock or don't give a damn about college football (then why are you reading this?) you are no doubt aware of the stunning upset of top ranked Alabama at the hands of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the thorough dismantling of the Florida State Seminoles courtesy of the high flying juggernaut known as the Oregon Ducks.

Though Oregon sports the ugliest uniforms in college football (no, you don't think they're pretty cool, you are simply trying desperately to be a contrarian - now stop it!) and a nickname more suited for a fictitious football team you might read about in a Dr. Seuss book they are undeniably the most explosive team in the nation. Since their spectacular failure on October 2nd against Arizona when they lost outright despite being installed as 21 ½-point home favorites in College Football odds the Ducks have played like a team incensed - or is that possessed? Both adjectives are equally suitable as Oregon not only defeated their subsequent nine opponents but covered the number in each and every single one!

Ohio State finds themselves in the national championship game after being on the outside looking in before the final week of the regular season. I recall watching fourth ranked Baylor defeat Big 12 rival and then ninth ranked Kansas State 38-27 in the final game of the regular season as one announcer opined that it would be nearly impossible for Baylor to be ousted from their berth in the inaugural college football playoffs while his colleague believed it to be highly possible. I sided with the former but was unaware the Buckeyes were in the midst of decimating 13th ranked Wisconsin to the tune of 59-0. It was because of that towering victory that Ohio State was able to squeak by Baylor for the fourth and final seed and into the college football playoffs.

After the Buckeyes brilliant victory over the Crimson Tide in the opening round of the playoffs the people responsible for making that pivotal decision look positively omnipotent. And you wondered why former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on the selection committee? Because she's "wicked smaht" as my Boston friends would say.


Why the Ducks Will Win
Oregon is that irresistibly sexy, chick-stopping, panty-dropping Lamborghini whose guttural groan upon takeoff turns into a screaming warp-speed banshee once the race is on. Heisman winner Marcus Mariota is the driver of this mean machine averaging a whopping 47.2 points per game trailing only Baylor as the top scoring team in the nation.  But unlike Baylor, who by the way lost their Cotton Bowl game to Michigan State and failed to cover as three-point favorites in NCAAF odds, the Ducks are far more multifaceted. Oregon boasts the 18th ranked rushing attack to complement their 11th ranked passing offense. They are, as previously stated, second in the nation in scoring while ranked 27th in points allowed averaging 22.2.


Why the Buckeyes will win
Oregon is grabbing all the headlines and cashing their backers' College Football picks like a veritable ATM. They are beating all comers and since their only loss of the season in early October this team has been unconscious. But before we get all ducky about Oregon let's not forget that these Buckeyes boast similar stats to their opponents on January 12th and score only two points per game less than the vaunted offensive attack of Oregon.

In addition, the Ducks could very well be without top wideout Devon Allen who injured his knee against the Seminoles. Allen has the most receiving TD's (7) and second most receiving yards (684) on the team. That will be one less weapon for the talented Marcus Mariota to target. The absence of Devon Allen could be the difference between Oregon winning and losing.

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