College Football National Championship Betting

College Football National Championship Betting

The first ever college football playoff national championship will be played on Monday night when the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks face the Big Ten title-winning Ohio State Buckeyes. Gone are the days of sportswriters/coaches voting and computer aided rankings playing a part in picking which team is the alleged “best” in the country. As it should’ve been all along and finally is, the one true champion of the college football season will be decided between the hashes of a 100-yard field. If the old system existed, both the Ducks and Buckeyes would be sitting home. Regardless of which school captures the National Championship Trophy, they will have earned it without debate. Here’s a preview and prediction of tonight’s historic title tilt.

OHIO STATE VERSUS OREGON -7

When backup quarterback J.T. Barrett broke his ankle on November 29th against rival Michigan, Ohio State’s Big Ten title chances and playoff hopes appeared irreparably damaged. Already without two-time Conference Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller, there was no way unheralded sophomore third-string signal-caller Cardale Jones could lead the Buckeyes to the spot they find themselves in. All Jones did in the last two games was lead the 59-0 annihilation of Wisconsin and the stunning upset of mighty Alabama. Jones’ unshakable confidence and infectious tenacity defines this Ohio State team. They win with a physical run game and attacking defense. They wear down opponents by pounding the ball and finish them off by breaking their backs over the top. They scored 50-plus points six times during the season and might need to do it once more to defeat Oregon. The defense has notched 43 sacks and forced 32 turnovers. Getting Marcus Mariota to make mistakes isn’t easy, but doing so will be vital to coming out ahead.

Oregon has been held under 40 points just twice. One of those games resulted in their only defeat at the hands of Arizona on a Thursday night in early October. On that night, would-be Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota was held to one yard rushing and lost a critical fumble late in the game to seal the Ducks’ fate. Without wide receivers Devon Allen and Darren Carrington and tight end Pharaoh Brown, the pressure on Mariota to carry the offense is even greater. The loss of Carrington to a suspension for marijuana use hurts the most; the redshirt freshman combined to catch 14 balls for 291 yards and three scores in Oregon’s last two victories. The lack of downfield firepower will allow the Buckeyes to focus on stopping Mariota and the running back duo of Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner. Nobody beats the Ducks if they are allowed to run wild. Their overshadowed defense has yielded less than 21 points in five of six games. Limiting big plays to Ezekiel Elliott and Devin Smith will be a priority for Mark Helfrich and his staff.

Ohio State is 9-2-1 ATS in its last dozen versus the Pac-12 and 13-2 ATS as underdogs since 2007. Oregon has covered five straight and is 25-10 ATS in its last 35 games overall. Ohio State’s never-say-die attitude and the Ducks’ thinned receiving corps keeps this one tight. Ultimately, Mariota ends his college career with a W.

Bet Ohio State +7

Bet Oregon SU