The Ohio State Buckeyes will take the first step toward another college football playoff spot when they greet Oregon State on Saturday at noon ET. The horse chestnuts are 40-point favorites, from an opening mark of 38 in most markets. The over-score for the total score is 63, against the opener of 60.5.
Ohio State boasts one of the most talented rosters in the country and will try to lay the groundwork for perhaps its third postseason berth in the past five years, but can it cover a nearly six touchdown spread? Before you make any Ohio State vs. Oregon State Picks, listen to SportsLine Data Scientist Stephen Oh. Oh, a renowned data scientist and co-founder of AccuScore specializes in sports simulations, forecasts, and advanced statistical analysis. He is a consistent winner for SportsLine in every sport and now he has turned his attention to college football.
More importantly, Oh had a keen eye for the tendencies of the Horse Chestnuts and went an amazing 5-0 choosing their games against the proliferation in the last season. Now he has analyzed the season opener on Saturday and released a safe, punctual selection that he shares only with SportsLine. He knows that the Buckeyes can finally focus on the field after weeks of turmoil. Coach Urban Meyer will face the first of three suspension blocks from his former coaching coach. Ryan Day will serve as interim coach during Meyer’s absence.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins has big quarterback quarterbacks, but he played in limited action behind JT Barrett last year. He will have the luxury of supporting perhaps the top background of the country in JK Dobbins and Mike Weber. Recipient Parris Campbell and KJ Hill offer explosive and experienced dangers in the field. By contrast, Oregon State has no such aspirations to win a national title. The Beavers only hope to be competitive at FBS level. Oregon State Alum and former Beaver quarterback Jonathan Smith takes over as head coach of Chris Petersen in Washington. He has hired the familiar face, Mike Riley, to help with the transition. Jake Luton returns as quarterback after a bad Junior season, but the bigger worry is a defense, which allowed 43 points per contest last year.
Just because these two programs seem to go in opposite directions does not mean that Ohio State can cover a massive spread. The Beavers score a lot of points against an Ohio State club that could be on autopilot, and there is little doubt that Oregon State’s players do not want to be ashamed of Smith’s debut.
We can tell you that Oh tends to Over, but his analysis has produced a critical x-factor that will determine the spread score in this game, and he shares it only with SportsLine. So, who covers Oregon State-Ohio State? And which critical x-factor determines the distribution? Visit SportsLine now to see which page you received on Saturday from a data scientist,