Ohio State’s playoff hopes and possible Big Ten plans took a hit with the loss of quarterback Braxton Miller, but the Buckeyes should still be a team with some potential to do good things this season. In the season opener in Baltimore this weekend, Ohio State is still a considerable favorite against Navy.
As reported by Cleveland.com, citing numbers from OddShark.com, Ohio State is a 14.5 point favorite in Saturday’s opener against the Midshipmen. Before Miller was lost for the season with a right shoulder injury the Buckeyes were a reported 19.5 point favorite against the service academy.
Ohio State was originally tabbed the media favorite in the Big Ten, but an updated polling of Big Ten media has now given Michigan State favorite status. In Las Vegas, one sports book moved Ohio State went from college football championship odds of 12-to-1 all the way up to 50-to-1 following the injury news. Odds have varied by sports book, but the Buckeyes have seen comparable jumps across the board.
Miller is scheduled for surgery this morning (Tuesday morning) with Dr. James Andrews. Ohio State and Navy are scheduled for a noon kick from Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. Ohio State won the last meeting between the two, holding on for a 31-27 victory in Columbus in 2009. Ohio State had three turnovers in the game and Navy outgained the home team, 363 to 342 in offensive yards.