How are your nerves? You doing ok? Do you think it’s going to get better or worse as game time approaches? Well, if you need a little something to pass the time before the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes take on the No. 3 Ann Arbor Astros at 12 noon ET on Fox, perhaps you would be interested in what unusual prop bets our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook have to offer.
Not only can prop bets provide you with a distraction from your ever-escalating levels of anxiety before the game starts, but they can also give you something to focus on during the game, so you don’t live and die with every up and down of the emotional rollercoaster that will undoubtedly be today’s game.
So, take a look at some of the game props below, and check out what DraftKings Sportsbook has to offer in terms of player props as well.
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How Much Will the Largest Lead of the Game Be?
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the line for the game has dropped from the four-point advantage that That Team Up North opened with to a 3.5-point advantage as of publishing time. So it seems a bit unusual to me that a game that is pegged to be within the home-field advantage margin would have a prop bet putting the largest lead of the game at over two touchdowns. I’m a homer and am picking Ohio State to win by double digits, but even I think a 16-point lead for either team in this one might be tough.
Which Team Will Have the Longest Touchdown of the Game?
Considering that Ohio State has only allowed one 40+ yard play all season and it was on a faux-fumblerooski to Rutgers, I feel pretty good about the Buckeyes’ chances, especially since they are tied for 13th this season nationally with nine plays of 50+ yards this season. Conversely, the Skunk Bears have only three plays of that length.
Admittedly, neither team gives up a lot of long plays. In fact, they are No. 1 and No. 2 in FBS in plays of over 10 yards allowed (TTUN has given up just 95, while OSU has allowed 97). They are second and third respectively in 20+ yard plays allowed, and fourth and second in 30+ yard plays.
Ohio State is obviously No. 1 in both 40+ and 50+ ard plays allowed, while their rivals are fifth and 22nd respectively.
How Many Touchdowns Will Be Scored?
Knowing that the over/under is set at 46.5 points, this one tells you a lot about how Vegas sees it playing out; a game that will see a decent number of touchdowns, with a few field goals thrown in.
Another reason why I always love this prop is because of how mixed up the touchdown totals are; it’s fun to see where things start bouncing around. It goes 5 to 4 to 6 to 7 to 3 to 8 to 2 all the way up to 9, then to 10 or more, one, and no TDs scored being the longest shot. The distribution of odds is fascinating.
The total touchdowns line is set at five, and that’s not really all that interesting to me either because, in my predicted 31-16 win for the Buckeyes, that’s exactly what I am foreseeing. However, I will be trying to decode the pattern in the odds breakdown until kickoff.
Who Will Score X Number of Points First?
The answer to all of these is Ohio State. Just take Ohio State in all of them.
Will the Final Score Be an Even or Odd Number?
This is for absolute degenerates only, but I need someone who is not completely worthless when it comes to math to walk me through why odd is a favorite here.