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Why is this news?: Ohio State's odds to make the College Football Playoff, LaQuinton Ross sets up 12 NBA workouts

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Former Buckeye LaQuinton Ross has scheduled 12 NBA workouts, via his agent.
Former Buckeye LaQuinton Ross has scheduled 12 NBA workouts, via his agent.

"Will Ohio State make the four-team playoff? YES - (EVEN, 1/1) NO - (-140, 5/7)"

- Chip Patterson, CBS Sports, via Bovada Sportsbook

Bovada Sportsbook released their odds on teams chances of making the inaugural College Football Playoff and Ohio State checked in at the fourth spot overall at even (1/1) odds to make it, while the odds of them not making it were -140 (5/7). In order of the top nine teams listed: Florida State (2/7), Alabama (5/4), Oregon (1/1), Ohio State (1/1), Oklahoma (7/4), Auburn (7/4), LSU (9/4), UCLA (12/5), and Michigan State (9/4).

I can't say I'm very surprised by these odds, as it pretty much goes along with other outlets and most media members projections of where these teams will be ranked or who has the best shot of making the playoff.

"Former Ohio State F LaQuinton Ross has about 12 NBA workouts scheduled."

- Adam Zagoria, Sportsnet New York

It's been an interesting road to the NBA Draft for former Ohio State forward LaQuinton Ross. After the report of the highest body fat percentage was released,  Ross took the top spot with 16.3% body fat. While it isn't the end of the world for Ross, it's certainly not going to help his cause in trying to impress teams with these workouts. Still, Ross will try his best to show his stuff in hopes of surprising on of the 12 teams.

As a junior at Ohio State, Ross averaged 15.2 points per game, along with 5.9 rebounds. The 6'10 forward struggled to get going at times during the season and only turned it up a notch later on in the year. Hopefully he'll find a team that he can work with and improve his game.

"There are few better in the game than Larry Johnson, and now that he's at Ohio State it is going to be even more exciting to see what he's able to do with the Buckeye name behind him."

- Jeremy Crabtree, ESPN, via Ari Wasserman, Northeast Ohio Media Group

There were some recruiting concerns when Mike Vrabel jumped from Ohio State into the NFL as the Houston Texans linebackers coach. Vrabel was a very strong recruiter for head coach Urban Meyer in Columbus, but the Buckeyes picked up Larry Johnson from Penn State to replace him. Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN feels like Ohio State hit a homerun with the hiring, calling him the best recruiter in the Big Ten.

The high praise from Crabtree is probably well deserved, considering the long list of recruits that Johnson helped bring to Penn State. While he's only just begun in Columbus, I suspect he'll continue that success with Ohio State and help bring in some of the top recruits across the country.

"Aside from Waco, Texas, there might not be a more perfect marriage of system and skill set than Meyer's spread offense and Miller's dual-threat talents."

- Braden Gall, Athlon Sports

Athlon Sports took a look at the best head coach-quarterback combinations in the country and Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Braxton Miller took second place behind Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Jameis Winston. The team of Miller and Meyer has produced over 6,000 yards of total offense and a perfect 24-0 record in the regular season over the last two years since coach Meyer got to Columbus. Now the duo are eyeing bigger prizes, such as a College Football Playoff berth and perhaps a Heisman trophy.

Other duos in the Big Ten on the list included Penn State's James Franklin and Christian Hackenberg as the fourth best combo and Michigan State's Mike Dantonio and Connor Cook checking in at sixth.