Ohio State Buckeyes at Navy Midshipmen NCAAF Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
Ohio State Buckeyes (12-2) at Navy Midshipmen (9-4)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm (M & T Bank Stadium)
The Line: Navy Midshipmen +12.5 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Ohio State Buckeyes and Navy Midshipmen square off Saturday afternoon to begin their college football season.
The Ohio State Buckeyes must overcome the recent loss of quarterback Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes are rolling with redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett in the absence of the Heisman hopeful. This is a huge loss considering Ohio State has four new offensive linemen, a new starting running back and questionable playmakers on the outside. It’s certainly going to be interesting how Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s staff manage Barrett in his first start on short notice. The Buckeyes defense is the side of the ball that should carry the load at least early on, as seven starters return from a year ago. Ohio State’s defensive line made up of Joey Bosa, Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence has the potential to be scary good. Doran Grant should also be the Buckeyes next elite cornerback, giving Ohio State one of the top defenses in the Big Ten.
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The Navy Midshipmen return 15 starters from a team that won nine games last season. And while football is always a team effort, Navy relies heavily on quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds, a remarkable dual-threat quarterback, scored 39 total touchdowns last year and racked up 1,346 rushing yards. With Reynolds running the offense, Navy is a threat to beat anybody on its schedule this year. The Midshipmen also return all five of their starting offensive linemen, which is only going to keep their rushing attack alive that was second in the country last season with 325 yards. Defensively, the Navy Midshipmen return seven starters from a defense that forced 22 turnovers and had 39 tackles for a loss. Chris Johnson and Parrish Gaines are going to lead Navy defensively.
The Buckeyes are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Midshipmen are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
I'm a huge fan of Keenan Reynolds, and he's more than capable of putting Navy on his back and leading the Midshipmen to an upset. It's not going to be easy for Ohio State to make the switch at quarterback in such short notice. So, while the ML is tempting, I'm taking Navy and the points. This game is sure to get hairy.