LOS ANGELES — While the point spread for Saturday’s Rose Bowl dwindled this week, Ohio State football remains in a somewhat unfamiliar postseason position.
According to the Vegas Insider consensus on Friday afternoon, the Buckeyes are currently 4 points ahead. This would be the team’s lowest spread at kickoff. This would be the first time Ohio State has been favored in a postseason match since the 2018 Rose Bowl game against Washington.
It didn’t cover that day, winning instead with 28-23 wins against a spread of 5.5%. According to the Odds shark database,OSU has not been covered as a favorite in the postseason since the 2017 Cotton Bowl when it beat USC 24-7. OSU was a 9.5-point favorite.
Since the end 2014 regular season, Ohio State is 5-4 against spread in the postseason. Three of those victories came as an underdog.
The Buckeye Talk gang — after a miserable season attempting to predict outcomes (see the carnage below) — made their score predictions. Podcast also provides a full breakdown of this game.
Favorite: Ohio State -8.5
Prediction: Ohio State 36, Utah 31
Last week: Ohio State 42, Michigan 22 (L), under (L)
Record: 3-8-1 against the spread, 3-8-1 over/under
Prediction: Ohio State 37, Utah 27
Last week: Ohio State 55, Michigan 24 (L), over (W)
Record: 4-7-1 ATS, 4-7-1 O/U
Prediction: Ohio State 33, Utah 31
Last week: Ohio State 41, Michigan 28 (L), under (L)
Record: 3-8-1 ATS, 4-7-1 O/U
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