Ohio State vs. Minnesota Odds: OSU's Title Hopes Start Week 1 With Gophers
Ohio State vs. Minnesota Odds: OSU's Title Hopes Start Week 1 vs. Golden Gophers
Last season, the Ohio State Buckeyes fell just one win shy of a College Football National Championship. After upsetting Clemson in the CFP semifinals, OSU fell to Alabama in the national title game. You might expect expectations to be sky-high this year, and they are, but the Buckeyes will be missing a key part to last year's title run, QB Justin Fields.
It's important to remember, Ohio State is a football factory, and a QB factory. They've had guys like JT Barrett, Dwayne Haskins, Cardale Jones and Fields lead their team the last few years. They'll find another top-tier quarterback, but how long will it take to adjust?
Well, if the latest Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds are any indication, the Buckeyes should be just fine.
CJ Stroud will get the start under center for OSU as a redshirt freshman. The OSU QB room is talented but young. As a matter of fact, every single person in the room is a freshman or redshirt freshman.
Stroud and backup Jack Miller are both redshirt freshmen while true freshmen Kyle McCord and Quinn Ewers are the fresh meat.
Ewers enrolled early and received some hype around potentially starting this season, but the job was won by Stroud. With all that talent in the room, how will their new starter respond? We're going to find out, but the rest of the team around him may just be the most talented in the country.
What will the Buckeyes look like this weekend? It remains to be seen. But Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds are painting the picture that they won't miss Fields all that much.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota
Date: Thursday, September 2
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: TCF Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, MN)
Ohio State Record: 0-0 (0-0 Big 10)
Minnesota Record: 0-0 (0-0 Big 10)
Ohio State vs. Minnesota Preview
What can we expect from the latest Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds and betting?
That depends. Just how good do you think the Ohio State Buckeyes are this year? The skill position players around Stroud are so good, there's a chance even an average QB could have a shot at winning the Big 10 with this team.
Take the wide receiver position for example. Julian Fleming was the No. 1 recruit in the country two seasons ago and he's still waiting to become a starter because there is so much talent on the outside. Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jaxon Smith-Njigba give them by far the best receiving corps in the country.
And, don't forget that Master Teague is back at running back and the offensive line is anchored by 5-star recruits galore.
How does Minnesota match up? Not well.
Minnesota lost just one player to the draft this past year, but it was their leading receiver, Rashod Bateman. Still, this is a good team that should play most tough. I'm just not sure if a Week 1 showdown with Ohio State is the best spot for them.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota Odds
Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds have it set up so that a bet on Minnesota against the spread may be the play though.
As of today, the latest Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds have Minnesota as a 14.5-point underdog. That hook could be important, as a two-TD loss still leaves them covering.
As far as the moneyline is concerned, Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds basically consider this one already decided.
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Ohio State vs. Minnesota Betting
It seems as though I'm not the only one with concerns when it comes to betting on Minnesota to beat Ohio State straight up this upcoming Thursday. According to the latest betting data on the Ohio State vs. Minnesota odds, the betting public is picking OSU.
82.32% of all moneyline bets on Ohio State vs. Minnesota have backed the Buckeyes to win, while 17.68% have taken the Minnesota Golden Gophers to pull off the upset.
Even though Minnesota is home, asking them to take on the Buckeyes in Week 1 is a tall task, even if we don't know what OSU has at QB yet.
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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.