Betting Preview: Washington Huskies vs Ohio State Buckeyes Odds and Prediction

By Rick Rockwell in NCAAF on December 31, 2018

On Tuesday, January 1st, the #9 Washington Huskies will take on the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes in the prestigious Rose Bowl. Also known as “the granddaddy of them all,” the Rose Bowl pits the Pac-12 conference winner against the Big 10 conference winner.

In addition to the glory of winning this bowl game, there’s an added level of emotion at play as this will be the last game for Urban Meyer. Ohio State’s head coach is retiring after the Rose Bowl.

Can the Buckeyes win this game and send Meyer out in style or will the Huskies spoil those hopes? Kickoff inside the Rose Bowl Stadium is at 5 PM ET.

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Washington vs Ohio State Live Odds and Betting History

The following odds are courtesy of live odds feed:

Betting Data Washington Huskies Ohio State Buckeyes
Current S/U record 10-3 12-1
2018 Home 7-0 8-0
2018 Away 3-3 4-1
2018 ATS 4-9 6-7
2018 ATS Home 2-5 5-3
2018 ATS Away 2-4 1-4
2018 O/U 3-10 7-6
2018 O/U Home 2-5 4-4
2018 O/U Away 1-5 3-2

Washington vs Ohio State Rose Bowl Preview

Tuesday’s Rose Bowl matchup will be the 12th time these two schools have played against each other. Currently, the Buckeyes hold an 8-3 record against the Huskies. Ohio State has won 3 straight games, but these two teams have not played against each other since 2007. These two prestigious programs have not played against each other in the Rose Bowl before.

Washington (10-3) has won 4 straight games including the Pac-12 championship game where they defeated Utah 10-3. The Huskies bring in an elite defense that will be put to the test by the Ohio State offense. Washington has leadership at the QB and RB positions, which bodes well for the Huskies in this huge bowl game. Can UW pull off the upset?

Ohio State (12-1) would have been in the CFP if it weren’t for their embarrassing loss at Purdue halfway through the season. Since then, the Buckeyes have won 5 straight games including the demolishing of Michigan and the destruction of Northwestern in the Big 10 title game.

Ohio State will be playing with a lot of emotion with Meyer retiring and QB Haskins probably heading to the NFL. Will OSU send them both out with a Rose Bowl victory?

The spread for this Rose Bowl game has seen a lot of movement at most online betting sites. It opened at 5.5 points in favor of the Buckeyes before falling to 4.5 points. The spread then jumped all the way up to -7 points for the Buckeyes before settling at 6.5 points in favor of Ohio State at most college football sportsbooks.

The Over/Under has seen less movement as it opened at 58 points with most internet sportsbooks. Currently, the O/U is listed 57 total points with the majority of football betting sites.

Free Rose Bowl Sports Bet and Game Prediction: Ohio State -250

This game comes down to Washington’s defense versus the Ohio State offense. The Huskies are led by Ben Burr-Kirven who led the country with 165 tackles. The defense has been Washington’s calling card all season long and finished 4th in the nation allowing just 9 passing TDs all year long. Additionally, they’re 5th in the nation in allowing just 15.5 points per game. But, that could all change once the calendars switch to 2019.

Ohio State has one of the top offenses in the FBS. The Buckeyes are #2 in total offense at 548.8 ypg, #2 in passing with 373 ypg, and #8 in scoring at 43.5 ppg. QB Dwayne Haskins led the nation with 4,580 passing yards and 47 TD passes on his way to breaking over 20 Big Ten and OSU records.

Washington might have the veteran running back in Myles Gaskin who has over 5,200 rushing yards and 55 TDs in his career, but OSU has an equally tough rushing attack. The Huskies average 179.9 ypg and the Buckeyes average 175.8 ypg. Looking at the rush defenses, and Gaskins appears to have the advantage as OSU gives up 160.5 rushing ypg and the Huskies only give up 116.4 rushing ypg.

OSU also gives up 239.8 passing ypg, which is 7 yards more per game than the Washington offense averages (232.5). So, there will be some openings for Washington QB Jake Browning to find success.

I’m not a fan of this spread as neither team has fared well-covering points this season. On the year, Washington went 4-9 ATS and OSU went 6-7 ATS. The Buckeyes finished the season 3-6 ATS and the Huskies went 2-6 ATS during that span.

I also have very little confidence in these two teams in the scoring department. For UW, the Under was 10-3 this year, while the Over was 7-6 for OSU. Washington could either completely shut down the Ohio State offense or lose in a track meet.

The safe bet in this game is the Ohio State moneyline of -250. I’m not excited about the betting value with this moneyline, but it’s the smart play for this game. Ohio State is 6-1 SU as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points, 34-5 SU over the last few years as a favorite, 2-0 SU against the Pac-12, 9-2 SU in non-conference games, and 18-3 SU against teams with winning records.

Washington is 0-2 SU in their last 2 bowl games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games, 1-4 ATS on more than 2 weeks of rest, 2-3 SU in neutral field games, 4-7 ATS in non-conference games, and 1-3 SU as an underdog.

I believe an emotionally charged Ohio State team will be too much for this Washington defense to handle all game long. Eventually, the Buckeyes will be able to pull away before the Huskies make a late-game score to cover the spread. I’m taking Ohio State to win 30 to 24.

Washington vs Ohio State Betting Recap:

  • Oddsmaker: BetOnline
  • Moneylines: Washington (+210) and Ohio State (-250)
  • Spread: Ohio State -6.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: Over 57 total points (-110)
  • Prediction: Ohio State 30 – Washington 24
Pick: Ohio State
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Rick Rockwell

As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site.

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