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OSU’s CFP odds tumble on reports of Braxton’s season-ending injury

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At some point this afternoon or this evening — maybe — Ohio State is expected to announce that starting quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season with a shoulder injury.

In late July, Ohio State was the prohibitive favorite from the Big Ten to claim the College Football Playoff at 10/1; Michigan State was 25/1 while Wisconsin was 33/1.  Those odds for OSU were at 10/1 in January, prior to Miller’s “minor” surgery in February.

They were also, at 10/11, heavy favorites to win the Big Ten over the former (15/4) and the latter (9/2).

Now?  In the wake of Miller’s injury, reportedly one of the dreaded non-contact variety, the Buckeyes have tumbled in the eyes of Las Vegas.

“Ohio State was a major contender at 10-1 to win the National Championship and considering Braxton Miller was a frontrunner for the Heisman at 15-2, this injury has impacted their odds drastically going from 10-1 to 18-1 amidst the rumors of the injury and now are confirmed at 40-1,” Kevin Bradley, Bovada‘s sports book manager, said. “Michigan State and Wisconsin will now surpass them as favorites for the Big Ten and only time will tell if we are over-adjusting on the Buckeyes, even though they still have a fairly easy schedule.”

It’s far from surprising that the odds have plummeted as they have seeing as Miller is one of the most irreplaceable and indispensable players in college football.  It’s nonetheless startling to witness such a precipitous drop, less than two weeks before the start of the season, for one of the preseason favorites to claim one of the four spots in the newly-minted College Football Playoff.

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9 Responses to “OSU’s CFP odds tumble on reports of Braxton’s season-ending injury”
  1. techvet says: Aug 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    Does the BCS still exist?

  2. chc4 says: Aug 19, 2014 4:43 PM

    I’d say this injury means there’s a good chance the B10 isn’t represented in the final 4 playoff this season.

  3. fissels says: Aug 19, 2014 5:17 PM

    Too bad. The kid can really play

  4. barkleyblows says: Aug 19, 2014 5:22 PM

    The big tens only chance for a national championship went out the window. Ohio State is talented but unproven with a freshman QB.

    That defense is gonna have to be lights out.

  5. jimmy53 says: Aug 19, 2014 5:25 PM

    I feel a fake “serious illness” coming on. Ten bucks on Urbs mentally packing it in by the middle of the season.

  6. sportsfan18 says: Aug 19, 2014 9:54 PM

    This was not a part of Urb’s plan…

    He’s gotta be hopping mad…

    I can just hear him talking to himself… it went something like this…

    I mean, I mean I’m gonna lose more games and it’ll affect my career record, won loss percentage and it’s NOT my fault… I said it’s NOT MY FAULT!

    Darn, I still don’t feel any better.

    This isn’t fair. Old Sabes doesn’t have to put up with this crap.

    Hey, that bum they replaced me with in Florida… Uh what’s his name again? Will Suckchamp or Loserchamp… yeah, that’s it Loserchamp… they’d run him out of town on rails just at the thought of me coming back.

    OK Urb, you’re onna roll, keep it going buddy.

    OK, Tim God Tebow is free right now which means it’s meant to be. I’ll die his hair, make him grow a mustache and make him throw right handed (hey, that’ll actually improve his accuracy)… NO ONE will ever know I have Tebow back as my QB…

    Lordy Lordy I can at least fall asleep now…

  7. longborer69 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:06 AM

    Big Ten’s chances to be in the playoff probably hinge heavily on two games — MSU at Oregon and Wisconsin at LSU.

    If either wins, they become a favorite to make the playoffs. If both win, they give the Big Ten a lot of credibility and a one-loss champion would have a really good shot at getting in.

    They are road games, so close losses might not kill the Big Ten, but they won’t help. If both get blown out, the Big Ten is probably toast this year.

  8. dmvtransplant says: Aug 20, 2014 9:25 AM

    It’s actually better for a conference to have more than one good team.

    The PAC-12 is a weaker conference when the only decent school is Oregon, same with the SEC and Bama or the Big Ten and Ohio State. Honestly if Michigan State won a National Championship it would be the best thing for the Big Ten. Not saying it would happen just saying it would be best for them.

    Having multiple teams win the NC is what made the SEC such a great conference. Would anyone think South Eastern Football was great if LSU or Bama won all the championships. When Pete Carroll ran USC they won constantly, but the PAC-10 was a really weak conference at the time.

  9. lbijake says: Aug 21, 2014 6:21 PM

    Since their chances to win a NC, does their moniker go from “the Ohio State University” to the plebian, “Ohio State University”?

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