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Predicting the Final Score For the National Championship - Ohio State Vs Oregon

Predicting the Final Score For the National Championship – Ohio State Vs Oregon

The second ranked Oregon Ducks (13-1) and fourth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (13-1) will meet for the first time in their program’s histories on Monday, Jan. 12th in the first ever College Football Playoff Championship.

The Ducks beat Jamies Winson, Jimbo Fisher and the FSU Seminoles last week in the Rose Bowl by a whopping 39 points, 59-20.  Perhaps what was most impressive was the 639 yards on offense by Oregon.

Joining Oregon are Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes who upset Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in a 42-35 thriller.  Gaining 537 yards of offense against the best defense in the country was impressive for a team that many people counted out.

The Oregon Ducks comes into the 2015 National Championship game as a 6.5 point favorite, but Ohio State will relish in the role of the underdog.  

Predicting the Final Score For the National Championship – Ohio State Vs Oregon

College Football National Championship
Matchup: Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Oregon Ducks
Date: Jan. 12, 2015 
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET 
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Oregon Vs  Ohio State
Point Spread: Oregon -6.
Game Total: 75

Ohio State will win the national championship if

They can shorten the game, keeping the ball out of Mariota’s hands.

If the surprising Ohio State Buckeyes want to win the 2015 national championship, then they’re going to have to find a way to stop Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks’ seriously explosive offense.

Mariota led Oregon to several Rose Bowl records in the Ducks’ stunning 59-20 blowout win of previously unbeaten Florida State in their national semifinal matchup on New Year’s Day.

No team in Rose Bowl history scored more points or amassed as much yardage (639) as Oregon did against the Seminoles – and Mariota was the driving force behind it all as he tossed two touchdown pass and ran for another. Mariota completed 26 of 36 passes for 3338 yards while adding another 62 yards on the ground.

Ohio State will also need to find a way to slow down talented, but underrated running back Royce Freeman (1,343 yards, 18 touchdowns) who added two scores against Florid State and his backup0, sophomore back Thomas Tyner who rushed for 124 yards and two scores in the semifinal round on just 13 carries.

Freshman wide receiver Darren Carrington (37 catches, 704 yards) is the team’s best wideout at this point, but three players caught at least five passes against the Seminoles so clearly, all of the Ducks’ receivers need to be guarded closely.

Oregon will win the national championship if

They stick to their game plan and play like Ducks

Elliott rushed for a Sugar Bowl-record 230 yards o 20 carries against No. 1 Alabama in their semifinal matchup and busted an 85-yard scoring run that ended any hopes the Crimson Tide may have had. The sophomore’s 1,632 rushing yards ranks fourth in Buckeyes’ history behind Eddie George (1,927 in 1995), Keith Byars (1,764, 1984) and Archie Griffin (1,695, 1974).

If the Oregon Ducks want to win their first national championship, then thy need to shut down Elliott and force former third string quarterback Cardale Jones into his first bad performance since taking over for the Buckeye in their Big Ten title tilt against Wisconsin.

Jones, a sophomore that has played like a seasoned upper classman, has thrown for an even 500 yards with four touchdowns and just one interception in two starts against elite competition. However, the young signal-caller did complete just 51.4 percent of his passes against Alabama while tossing on TD pas and one pick.

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While I think Ohio State has been one fantastic story this season, especially since their Big Ten blowout win, the fact of the matter is that it took three interceptions from Alabama quarterback Blake Sims in order for the Buckeye to pull out a close, 42-35 win over the Crimson Tide.

No way does Marcus Mariota make that many mistakes in the national championship and there’ no way Ohio State can stop Oregon’s insanely fast and efficient offense.

Forget what the numbers say, Ohio State’s only edge in this contest is in coaching experience – and I’m not sure it’s that big of an advantage.

The Buckeyes are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games against Pac-12 teams and 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, but Oregon has gone4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games and an unblemished 5-0 ATS in their last five neutral site games.

Marcus Mariota and Oregon will not be denied people…nor will they fail to cover the national championship betting line as a touchdown favorite.

My Final Score Prediction: Oregon 42 Ohio State 31

7 Wagering Predictions for the 2015 National Championship

7 Wagering Predictions for the 2015 National Championship Game

Below, are 7 wagering predictions for the 2015 National Championship between the one touchdown favorite Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes. This is the first time where a college football champion will be crowned after a playoff.

Oregon pummeled Florida State 59 to 20 as a -9 point favorite in the Rose Bowl. A few hours later, Ohio State completed the upset over first ranked Alabama with a 42 to 35 victory. Now, the two best teams in the nation will battle it out in Arlington, Texas for the right to be called champions. 

College Football National Championship
Matchup: Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Oregon Ducks
Date: Jan. 12, 2015 
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET 
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Oregon Vs  Ohio State
Point Spread: Oregon -7
Game Total: 75

7 Wagering Predictions for the 2015 National Championship

  1. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota will pass for over 300 yards – Ohio State’s defense allows only 191.6 yards per game through the air, but that doesn’t really tell the story. Connor Cook at Michigan State threw for 358 yards against the Buckeyes. Blake Sims for Alabama threw for 237, but Alabama is a run first team. Mariota should easily get 300 in this matchup because he’s thrown for 300 or more in 8 out of Oregon’s 14 games this season including throwing for over 300 in four straight matchups.

  2. Mariota will also rush for over 50 yards in this matchup – Mariota has rushed for 731 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Oregon’s rushing attack is very difficult to defend against and Ohio State doesn’t have the linebackers to stop Mariota. He’ll get at least 50 on the ground if not more.
  3. Urban Meyer will call at least 3 trick plays in this game – Oregon is known for its creativity, but really, because Mariota is so effective, the Ducks don’t call many trick plays. That’s not true for Ohio State. Because Oregon is so good defensively in their zone defense, the Ducks have given up more than 20 points only once in 6 straight games, Buckeyes’ coach Urban Meyer is going to call at least 3 trick plays in this one.

  4. Two of those trick plays will have to do with Cardale Jones –  In space, Jones is a handful to take down. Meyer should use those 3 trick plays to get Jones in space. As good as Oregon is at tackling, Jones is a shifty runner as he proved in the semifinal versus Alabama. Meyer will want to take advantage of that shiftiness.

  5. The game will go over the total of 74.5 points – It’s difficult to see the 2015 National Championship not going over the total of 74.5. The best way for Ohio State to win this matchup is not to slow the game down. It’s got to play with Oregon. Every time Mariota and the Ducks score, the Buckeyes have to answer as quickly as possible. And, the Buckeyes have the weapons  to do so. Ezekiel Elliot and Devin Smith are both capable of beating the Oregon defense. A lot of the success of Ohio State on offense is going to have to do with center Jacoby Boren. Boren is undersized, but he plays with a tenacity that few players have. He also got banged up in the Alabama game. He’ll need to control things for Jones and the Buckeyes’ offense.
  6. The Ducks defense will force at least 2 turnovers – Ohio State will protect the ball better than Jameis Winston and Florida State did in the Rose Bowl. So, Oregon won’t force 5 turnovers, but Oregon will force at least 2 turnovers. Cardale Jones is still a third string quarterback. He’s going to either get stripped a couple of times or force a pass or two that the Ducks will intercept.

  7. Oregon will blow out Ohio State – The Buckeyes’ defense allowed Indiana to rush for 287 yards. The Hoosiers are one-dimensional. The Buckeyes allowed Minnesota to rush for 218 yards. Minnesota is one-dimensional. The problem that Alabama had is that it failed to rush the ball and instead tried to pass with Blake Sims. Oregon is as balanced as an offense can get, the Ducks rush for 241.9 yards per game and Mariota throws for 310.3 per matchup. It will be very difficult for Ohio State’s defense to contend with that type of offensive balance. Ohio State has to play a perfect game in order to keep this one close, much less win it, and it’s unlikely that the Buckeyes will be able to do that.   

 

Ohio State's Complete Betting Odds For the 2015 National Championship Game

Complete Betting Odds For the 2015 National Championship Game

The complete betting odds for the 2015 National Championship are already out and football handicappers should probably take early advantage of the odds before they change.

Oregon absolutely routed Florida State in the first College Football Playoff Semi-final by a 59 to 20 score. Oregon forced 5 turnovers and sent FSU back to Tallahassee a broken and beaten squad. In the next semifinal, Ohio State beat Alabama 35 to 28 in a spirited, tough, battle.

It’s Oregon versus Ohio State in the College Football Championship on January 12!

College Football National Championship
Matchup: Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Oregon Ducks
Date: Jan. 12, 2015 
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET 
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Oregon Vs  Ohio State
Point Spread: Oregon -7
Game Total: 75

Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Oregon Ducks Against the Spread Odds – Oregon -7

The Ducks are favored by 7 points to put a beat down on Ohio State. That makes sense since Oregon has covered the spread in 9 straight games. In their last 2 games versus Arizona in the Pac 12 Championship and Florida State in the semifinal, the Ducks put on a show. They beat the Wildcats and the Seminoles by a combined score of 101 to 33.

Ohio State was terrific versus Alabama, but football handicappers should know that the Tide’s best defensive player, Landon Collins, hurt his shoulder early in that game. Not only that, but Alabama was down to its true freshman, fourth string QB. This betting line is going to rise to at least Oregon -8. Jump on it now if you like the Ducks.

Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Oregon Ducks Moneyline Odds – OSU +180 vs Oregon -220

If you have any feelings regarding the Buckeyes’ ability to beat Oregon, make sure to load up on the moneyline. Ohio State figures to not try and slow the game down and instead score with the Ducks. That’s really the only shot they have of beating Oregon. They have go mano y mano with the Ducks.

Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Oregon Ducks Game Total – 73.5

Already the total has risen a full point in some sportsbooks to 74.5. There is a question as to whether or not that’s even high enough of a total. Oregon’s defense plays bend but don’t break, and it’s worked to perfection so far this season, but Ohio State will test the Ducks both in the long passing game and in the rushing game with Cardale Jones up the middle and Ezekiel Elliot both right at the Ducks’ D and on the edge. Not to mention Devin Smith in the passing game. Obviously, Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks’ offense is unstoppable.

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The Buckeyes should be good for at least 30 to 40 while Oregon should be good for 40 to 50 if not 50 to 60 in this game. Both teams play at a fast pace. It’s doubtful that Urban Meyer will try and slow things down. He will want to score with Oregon and then hope that the turnover battle goes his way. That’s Ohio State’s best chance at stopping the mighty Ducks, so, expect a lot of points in this matchup.