Ohio State Buckeyes (13-1) at Oregon Ducks (13-1)
|Date & Time||Monday January 12, 2015, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Oregon Ducks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 75
The Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes play Monday night at AT&T Stadium in the national championship.
The Oregon Ducks have won nine straight games and are looking for their first national title in program history. Marcus Mariota is completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 40 touchdowns and three interceptions. Mariota has 14 total touchdowns and one pick in his last three games, and Oregon has 50 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Byron Marshall and Darren Carrington have combined for more than 1,500 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Devon Allen has 10 receptions in his last three games. Oregon’s ground game is averaging 5.5 yards per carry, as Royce Freeman leads the way with 1,343 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, the Oregon Ducks are allowing 22.3 points, 421.9 yards, and they’ve forced 36 sacks and 30 turnovers. Erick Dargan leads Oregon with 90 tackles and DeForest Buckner has 13 tackles for loss.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 12 straight games and are looking for their eighth national title. Cardale Jones is completing 58 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and one interception. Jones is starting just his third game, and OSU has 38 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Devin Smith and Michael Thomas have combined for more than 1,600 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns while Jalin Marshall has seven receptions in his last two games. Ohio State’s ground game is averaging 5.8 yards per carry, as Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 1,632 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, the Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 22.1 points, 333.6 yards, and they’ve forced 43 sacks and 32 turnovers. Joshua Perry leads OSU with 118 tackles and Joey Bosa has 20 tackles for loss.
The Buckeyes are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. Pac-12. The Ducks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games overall.
The Oregon Ducks usually struggle with teams that are more physical than them and that's the case here. Sure, the Ducks just destroyed FSU but it was a team that could have easily have had three or four losses. No team has played better than Ohio State the past couple of weeks and its a team led by a head coach who already has a pair of national championships under his belt. I suggest you don't listen to the Oregon hype and back Ohio State here. In fact, I'm so confident that I'm turning down the points and taking the Buckeyes in an outright win.