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Ohio State opens as massive favorite over Penn State, remains most likely to win national title

I suppose those two things go hand-in-hand.

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Was Saturday’s game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights especially pleasing to the eye? Nope. But, when you can get a five-touchdown victory without anyone getting hurt the week before your season starts to really kick into gear, that’s a good thing, and that’s exactly what the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes did when they won 56-21 in Piscataway, N.J. this weekend.

Now, it is time for OSU to turn their attention to the gauntlet that stands between them and their third national championship this century. With their rival, a Big Ten Championship game, and the playoffs still to come, on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12 noon ET the Buckeyes will play host to the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions.

This week’s challenger is the latest in an increasingly embarrassed line of “potential threats” that Ryan Day’s squad has faced thus far this season. So, the anticipation for the match-up is on the rise, despite the Nits’ loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers earlier this month.

Nonetheless, individual tickets are ranging anywhere from $147.25 to $2,151.64 for what will be the Bucks’ final home game of the 2019 season, as well as the return to the lineup for the best player in college football Chase Young. If you want to witness what might be the best team in Ohio State history play at the Horseshoe one last time (not to mention the likely final home game for Young and J.K. Dobbins), you can get tickets here.

The Buckeyes are coming into the game as major favorites at -19.5 points; a pretty incredible total for a top-10 match-up.

Checkout some spreads of note below:

Week 13 Opening Odds | Nov. 17

Visitor Home Odds
Visitor Home Odds
Penn State OHIO STATE OHIO STATE -19.5
Ohio Bowling Green Ohio -19.5
Akron Miami (OH) Miami (OH) -30.5
Oregon Arizona State Oregon -15.5
Utah Arizona Utah -22.5
Minnesota Northwestern Minnesota -11
TCU Oklahoma Oklahoma -18.5
Texas Baylor Baylor -5
Purdue Wisconsin Wisconsin -23
Temple Cincinnati Cincinnati -11
Illinois Iowa Iowa -13.5
Michigan State Rutgers Michigan State -22
Boston College Notre Dame Notre Dame -20.5
Texas A&M Georgia Georgia -15
Michigan Indiana Michigan -7.5
Nebraska Maryland Nebraska -6.5
Arkansas LSU LSU -44.5

While the 19.5-point spread is a bit eye-opening, when the team is also the odds-on favorite the win the national championship, I suppose those types of things go hand in hand. OSU again leads the pack at 2/1, with Clemson gaining a bit from last week. Behind them is a trio of SEC teams, because the group of one-loss teams that need a bit of help to make it to the final four.

Check out the Complete National Championship Odds:

National Title Odds | Nov. 18

Team 11/11 Odds 11/18 Odds
Team 11/11 Odds 11/18 Odds
Ohio State 2/1 2/1
Clemson 3/1 5/2
LSU 5/2 5/2
Georgia 9/1 7/1
Alabama 10/1 14/1
Oklahoma 16/1 16/1
Oregon 25/1 16/1
Utah 40/1 40/1
Penn State 100/1 50/1
Minnesota 50/1 150/1
Baylor 66/1 250/1
Cincinnati 500/1 500/1
Florida 150/1 Off the Board

Poll

With respect to the 19.5-point spread, what will the result of Saturday’s game be?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Ohio State covers
    (122 votes)
  • 41%
    Ohio State doesn’t cover
    (88 votes)
210 votes total Vote Now