The Ohio State Buckeyes are national title contenders this season which means they will be overvalued in college football odds but when the Buckeyes get the lead they almost always win.
College football betting lines at Sbgglobal list Ohio State as the co-favorites along with defending national champion Alabama at 3.5 to 1. Both the Buckeyes and the Crimson Tide were very good last year against the spread. The Buckeyes were 10-3 vs. the numbers while the Crimson Tide were 9-5.
Holding Leads: The Buckeyes are thought of as a conservative team with head coach Jim Tressel but did you know they are 82-6 under Tressel when they lead at the half? If you think that the Buckeyes are going to blow a fourth quarter lead you might want to think again. They have allowed only four teams to come back in the fourth quarter against them in the last eight years. When Ohio State gets you down they step on your throat. That is a good feeling for gamblers who back the Buckeyes.
Big Favorites: The Buckeyes are going to be laying the wood at lot this season. They are 29-point favorites in college football odds in their opening game on Thursday, September 2nd against Marshall. That line opened up much smaller so gamblers are aware that Ohio State can cover big numbers. How did the Buckeyes do as big favorites last season you might ask? They laid 44 points to New Mexico State and won 45-0. They laid 22 points to Toledo and won 38-0. The Buckeyes failed to cover only three times last season and one of those losses was in their opener when they faced a tough Navy team.
When you look for a team to wager on this season it will be hard to ignore the Buckeyes. Ohio State will be heavily favored in home games vs. Marshall, Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Indiana in the first two months. They will also be heavily favored at Illinois. The only test for Ohio State until mid-October is at home against Miami of Florida on September 11th. Go against the Buckeyes at your own peril in 2010.