The Ohio State Buckeyes didn’t roll over the Oklahoma Sooners the way the home fans were hoping they would. Quite the contrary, they were handled over four quarters en route to a 31-16 loss against OU.
Fans in Columbus might feel like the sky is falling, but the Westgate Superbook disagrees. Even after the loss, the Buckeyes are still among the favorites to take home the ultimate prize at the end of the season.
An article on ESPN cites that the humbling at the hands of the Sooners hasn’t led oddsmakers to jump ship on the Buckeyes chances moving forward.
“The year Ohio State won the national championship, they lost to Virginia Tech in their first home game (of 2014),” said Ed Salmons, assistant manager and head football oddsmaker at the Westgate. “If they still win their games in front of them, they’re going to be in the playoffs. So I’m not writing anyone off. The talent level is still there.”
Winning out the rest of the way isn’t going to a be a walk in the park, though. Games against Penn State, Nebraska, and Michigan pose particularly tough challenges for the Buckeyes moving forward. Nobody can argue that they don’t have some of the best athletes of any program in the country, but they’ll need to play a lot better than they did against Oklahoma to come away with the a victory against the upper-echelon.
All things considered, the Buckeyes only dropped from 3-1 odds, to 6-1 odds. They’re now even with the USC Trojans for second best odds to win the National Championship at seasons end.
The FBS world continues to chase the Alabama Crimson Tide which sits at 8-5 odds to win another title under coach Nick Saban.