DALLAS (Sporting Alert) — Oregon enter Monday night’s NCAA college football championship game as the strong favorite against Ohio State, this according to the major bookies.
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The No. 2 Ducks, on Monday morning, were listed as a 6.5 point favorite at most NV sports books, which dipped slightly from the opening line of 7. Last week the line was at 5.
THE BATTLE BEGINS
If you’re looking for an exciting game, look no further than this meeting of two of the nation’s powerhouses in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game Pres. by AT&T Monday night. A surprised Ohio State will battle with Oregon to decide who really is the nation’s No. 1 team in college football.
Both offenses on these two teams have just been spectacular this year. The Oregon Ducks are averaging around 47 points a game, and the Ohio State Buckeyes are averaging around 45.
What’s really amazing is that Oregon’s last nine-straight-consecutive wins were all by 40 points or more, and Ohio has done the same in the last 10 out of 12 consecutive games they won.
On top of that, both Oregon and Ohio State are good at holding the ball. The Oregon Ducks have one of the best overall turnover margins out there at +20, giving up the ball only 10 times the entire season.
It’s been a really interesting campaign for both ball clubs.
Interestingly enough, the No. 4 Buckeyes (13-1) have been through three quarterbacks this season — their initial starter Braxton Million went down with a season ending injury in the preseason, then backup J.T. Barrett suffered a knee problem just before the conference title game, so sophomore Cardale Jones had to step in.
Starting his two most important games of his college career thus far, Jones, who has thrown for 618 yards and six touchdown, delivered in a big way, after leading his team to a pair of big wins, which setup the title hunting fixture.
The Wild Card- Defensive Power
One area where there is considerable differential that could blow the game wide open is on defense.
The Oregon Ducks are rated 84th nationally in defense — making them the first team in NCAA BCS history to finish that low in that area and still get a chance to win the national title.
Ohio State, meanwhile, has scored all the points and sill won most of the battles up front, with their powerful defensive line stacked with talents. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for the Ducks.
On the other hand though, Oregon (13-1), who dismantled defending champions Florida State, 59-20, in their CFP semi-finals, have a certain quarterback by the name of Marcus Mariota, who will enter this contest in the best of form.
Mariota, the Heisman Trophy, who is regarded as one of the best college quarterbacks, has thrown for 4121 yards and 40 touchdowns this season and the junior Honolulu, HI, is aiming to become only the second Pac-12 player to ever lift the Heisman Trophy and the national title in the same season.
No matter how you look at this game, it’s going to be an exciting matchup between two confident teams.
While you never know how these will to turn out, fans can expect these two free scoring programs to light up the scoreboard.
This means, the game will more than likely be decided by the team which executes the best defensively, and at the moment, Ohio State, even though they are listed as a 6.5 point loser, has the best overall setup.