Washington Huskies (10-3) at Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1)
College Football: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm (Rose Bowl)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -4 -- Over/Under: 56 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Huskies and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Tuesday in the college football Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl.
The Washington Huskies have won 10 of their last 12 games and look to win their second bowl game since the 2014 season. The Washington Huskies have won four of their last six non-home games. Jake Browning is completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,879 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Browning has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. Aaron Fuller and Andre Baccellia have combined for 1,269 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Ty Jones has 28 receptions. The Washington Huskies ground game is averaging 179.9 yards per contest, and Myles Gaskin leads the way with 1,147 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Washington is allowing 15.5 points and 301.8 yards per game. Ben Burr-Kirven leads the Washington Huskies with 165 tackles, Taylor Rapp has five sacks and Byron Murphy has two interceptions.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are riding a five-game winning streak and have a chance to win at least 13 games for the third time in school history. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won five of their last six non-home games. Dwayne Haskins is completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 4,580 yards, 47 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Haskins has three or more touchdown passes in nine of his 13 games this season. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill have combined for 1,803 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Terry McLaurin has 34 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 175.7 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 1,029 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 25.7 points and 400.3 yards per game. Malik Harrison leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 74 tackles, Dre'Mont Jones has 8.5 sacks and Shaun Wade has three interceptions.
The Huskies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Buckeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in January and 38-18 ATS in their last 56 games on grass. The under is 7-3 in Buckeyes last 10 bowl games. The under is 10-3 in Huskies last 13 games overall.
The Washington Huskies are coming off back-to-back wins over ranked teams and are allowing 16 points per game during their four-game winning streak. The Ohio State Buckeyes have scored 30 or more points in six of their last eight games, but you have to question the motivation for this contest considering they were one of the teams that was hoping for a college football playoff berth. The Washington Huskies have split their last eight games ATS when an underdog of at least three points. The Ohio State Buckeyes have failed to cover six of their last eight games when a favorite of at least three points. Washington could have the edge here in terms of crowd advantage and is probably more excited to be here. However, betting against Urban Meyer with extra time to prepare isn't wise. There's a reason why Meyer is 11-3 SU in bowl games for his career. Also, Ohio State is hitting its stride offensively, while Washington is getting nothing out of Browning and is fresh off a win in which the offense didn't score. If the Ohio State Buckeyes keep putting points up by the boatload, they'll run away with this game probably easily.
Update: I'm probably even more confident in this pick now that Urban Meyer is retiring after this contest. You can bet those kids will do anything and everything they can to make sure he goes out on top.