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2020 Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Predictions

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The 2020 Big Ten Conference will begin in Week 8, in a schedule of eight intraconference games.

2020 Ohio State Win Total Odds

Ohio State 2020 wins: Over 11 (-134) or Under 11 (+110)

Expectations for Ohio State are so high again this year, that bettors looking to cash an 'over' ticket on their regular season win total odds will need them to run the table once again. QB Justin Fields enters the year as a Heisman front-runner, and there is no denying that the Buckeyes are one of the most talented teams in the land.

2020 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule

  • Week 8 - Oct. 24 vs. Nebraska
  • Week 9 - Oct. 17 at Penn State
  • Week 10 - Oct. 31 vs. Rutgers
  • Week 11 - Nov. 7 at Maryland
  • Week 12 - Nov. 14 vs. Indiana
  • Week 13 - Nov. 21 at Illinois
  • Week 14 - Nov. 28 at Michigan State
  • Week 15 - Dec. 5 vs. Michigan

However, a road trip to Oregon in Week 2 is never an easy trip for any visiting program, and while they do get to host the hated Michigan Wolverines this year, they've got back-to-back weeks in October where they've got to go to Michigan State and Penn State. Ohio State will still be laying points in all of those games, but needing to run the table on an 'over' play leaves next to nothing in terms of wiggle room for them this year.

Heisman Trophy candidate Justin Fields and Ohio State is the favorite once again to capture the Big 10 title. (AP)

2020 Ohio State Game of the Year Odds

  • Week 9 - Ohio State (-6.5) at Penn State
  • Week 15 - Michigan at Ohio State (-11.5)

Three games for the Buckeyes are already classified in this category and they are the three that you would expect to be here.

Their trip to Happy Valley to face Penn State has a posted line of -6.5. And then there is the annual showdown with Michigan, a rivalry game that the Buckeyes have won eight years in a row. Current odds have Ohio State laying -11.5 points at home for that contest this year, and if they cover double digit spreads in 2020 at the rate they did in 2019, this number will do nothing but go up.

Ohio State Odds to win Big 10 Championship

Yes (-230)

The Buckeyes are a clear cut favorite to claim another Big 10 title in 2020 and rightfully so. With them already listed as favorites -6.5 or more in their perceived three toughest games of the year, the lofty spreads they'll have to cover in the rest of their games are going to be large, meaning that outright wins shouldn't be an issue for this team.

Barring significant injury, Ohio State should end up winning the Big Ten conference again in 2020, as long as they are able to do what they've done for the past eight years and beat Michigan. At home, they likely will, so it's more of a question if bettors want to lay the -230 price on them or not. It may arguably be a better wager then going 'over' their win total of 11.

Ohio State Odds to Make 2020-21 College Football Playoff

Yes (-230) or No (+180)

Same question comes up here in terms of wanting to lay the price or not, as a Big 10 title all but assures the winner of a playoff spot, as long as they've got one or fewer losses to their name. It's one of the deepest conferences from top to bottom in the country, and that has worked against the conference as a whole in both 2017-18 and 2018-19 when the Big 10 was on the outside of the College Football Playoffs, and three of the past four years have seen Big 10 teams ranked 5th or 6th to miss out.

But the 2020 version of Ohio State isn't likely to be involved in those types of questionable selection committee scenarios, as they'll likely either win the conference with ease (one loss or less), or stumble a couple of times and get beat by one of their rivals for the conference crown.

Ohio State Odds to Win 2020-21 College Football Playoff

Yes (+300)

The futures odds on Ohio State winning the National Championship all might be the better betting play to make from a value standpoint, as they'll no doubt be 'live' to go the distance if they do indeed find themselves in the playoff. This way, you don't have to lay a -230 price if you would prefer not to, and should they be one of the final four teams left standing, future hedging opportunities are more readily available to bettors who choose to go this route.

Ohio State Odds for Players to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy

The Buckeyes currently have two players listed in the Heisman Trophy Odds betting market.

(Position, Big 10 Player, School, Odds)
  • QB Justin Fields, Ohio State 7/2
  • RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State 33/1

Ohio State Buckeyes – Postseason Forecast

2020 should be another year where the Ohio State Buckeyes find themselves in another prominent Bowl game regardless of whether or not it's part of the playoff format or not. As a team with a chalk price to simply make the playoffs, that's something that's hard to ignore, although a potential early season slip up – say, in Oregon – could have their year spiral out of control. But bettors should expect this team to be in the playoff conversation all year long.

Ohio State Buckeyes Season Prediction

Buckeyes QB Justin Fields is the Heisman favorite currently (+350), and while the preseason favorites tend to not get there in the end, bettors can't deny his talent at all. He stepped right into the fire in his first year with Ohio State in 2019, and with how the year ended, he and his teammates have to feel like they've got some unfinished business to attend to in 2020.

Road trips to Oregon and Penn State are some big potential land minds to avoid for them though, and while things vs Michigan have been rather easy for the better part of the past decade, chances are it's not going to be like that forever. Finishing 2020 with an 11-1 straight-up (SU) record and Big 10 title is where the Buckeyes season likely lands, which makes that -230 price on the conference crown something that should be worth laying.

Buckeyes 2019 Betting Recap

2019 was a year that saw the Ohio State Buckeyes run the table in the regular season, going 12-0 SU and then winning the Big 10 title and earning a CFB Playoff berth as the #2 team in the country because of it. They won all 13 of those games by double digits, were a point spread darling in the betting markets at 9-4 ATS through the Big 10 title game. A run of eight straight ATS wins where they were -14.5 point favorites or greater in every game from Game 2 through Game 9 will be a run many bettors remember for awhile.

2019 Ohio State Betting Results
Date Opponent Closing Line Total Result ATS
Aug 31 Florida Atlantic Owls -28 66 Won 45 - 21 Loss  / Push
Sep 7 Cincinnati Bearcats -15 52.5 Won 42 - 0 Win  / Under
Sep 14 @ Indiana Hoosiers -18 60.5 Won 51 - 10 Win  / Over
Sep 21 Miami-Ohio Redhawks -39 57 Won 76 - 5 Win  / Over
Sep 28 @ Nebraska Cornhuskers -17 66 Won 48 - 7 Win  / Under
Oct 5 Michigan State Spartans -20 51 Won 34 - 10 Win  / Under
Oct 18 @ Northwestern Wildcats -27 50 Won 52 - 3 Win  / Over
Oct 26 Wisconsin Badgers -14.5 48 Won 38 - 7 Win  / Under
Nov 9 Maryland Terrapins -42.5 66 Won 73 - 14 Win  / Over
Nov 16 @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights -52.5 63 Won 56 - 21 Loss  / Over
Nov 23 Penn State Nittany Lions -20.5 58 Won 28 - 17 Loss  / Under
Nov 30 @ Michigan Wolverines -9 53 Won 56 - 27 Win  / Over
Dec 7 Wisconsin Badgers -17 57.5 Won 34 - 21 Loss  / Under
Dec 28 Clemson Tigers 2.5 62.5 Lost 23 - 29 Loss  / Under

Yet, what Ohio State football players will remember is them coughing up a 16-0 lead in the CFB Semi-final game vs Clemson, not punching enough scoring drives into the end zone early, and paying for it later when Clemson scored with under two minutes left in the game to win. That loss sets the Buckeyes up for a year of redemption in 2020, as they are once again loaded with talent across the board and expected to have a shot to play for the national championship once again.

Betting on the 2020 Ohio State Buckeyes

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