A clear difference for the 2019 season is certain at Ohio State. Future hall of fame coach Urban Meyer has “retired.” At least for now. Of course, Meyer won a national championship at OSU. He also won five Big Ten East division titles. And three Big Ten championships. Most important of all to Buckeye fans, he beat Michigan in all seven tries. Now Ryan Day takes the reins. He faces some of the biggest NCAA Football betting expectations and demands in the country. Due to being Meyer’s offensive coordinator. Day knew what he was getting into.
2019 College Football Futures Ohio State Buckeyes
Date and Time: Season Opens August 31, 2019
NCAA Football Betting Odds at SBG: Ohio State Buckeyes 14/1 to win the National Championship
2018 Season of Turmoil
While Meyer went out with a 13-1 record and Rose Bowl win it was a 2018 season of tumult. Meyer began the season serving a suspension due to spousal abuse by a former assistant. During that time Day took over and was flawless. When Meyer returned Day had the team in strong NCAA Football betting form. On the whole Meyer was bitter about Ohio State suspending him. He felt that a suspension was not warranted. As the season progressed the Buckeyes defense was exposed as lacking. Certainly Purdue’s 49-20 ambush of OSU exploited that fact.
Consequently, the pressure and close calls of the season took a toll on Meyer. In a near loss at Maryland he was bent over in obvious pain. Of course, there have been jokes for years about fake heart attacks with Meyer when he was at Florida. And he is already being touted as the future coach of Southern Cal. In sum he leaves as the greatest recruiter in Ohio State history. And as a man that transformed the country club Big Ten into a national contender.
Certainly, Day’s biggest challenge is finding the replacement to quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins went in the first round of the NFL Draft last spring. Furthermore, he was able to cover for that leaky defense. Georgia transfer Justin Fields is the expected starter. Fields has a rocket of an arm and can run. Cause by Haskins 4800 yards passing with 50 touchdowns does he fill large shoes. On the whole Day impressed all with a couple of assistant hires. Greg Mattison and Al Washington were heisted from hated Michigan.
Running back JK Dobbins led Ohio State with 1053 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Decidedly he was a key Offshore betting asset. Additionally, KJ Hill figures to be a top target for Fields. Ohio State is loaded at tight end with veterans Rashod Berry, Luke Farrell and Jake Hausman. Of major concern is a defense that cost OSU a championship last year. Still, a strong secondary and powerful front offer potential.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation Ohio State and Day will be feeling plenty of pressure. Of course, the November 30 NCAA Football Betting matchup at Michigan should be for all the marbles. Extending that is the fact that a loss will make Day’s seat immediately on fire.
Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA Football Betting Futures
Summing up this is a highly talented program but one in transition.
Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA Football Betting Futures Pick: Ohio State to finish 10-2
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