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Without Braxton, Ohio State still a two-TD favorite over Navy

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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, citing numbers from, 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.

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12 Responses to “Without Braxton, Ohio State still a two-TD favorite over Navy”
  1. wethog66 says: Aug 26, 2014 10:18 AM

    Ohio State should be a 2 TD favorite, but they shouldn’t snooze on the Mids. Navy went into the Horseshoe and held their own back in 2009 and Navy has a lot of returning starters on offense.

    As a Navy fan I expect a loss, but I also expect the Mids to give OSU a good game, just like last time.

  2. manik56 says: Aug 26, 2014 10:22 AM

    Should be a great time in Baltimore. Go Bucks!

  3. thraiderskin says: Aug 26, 2014 10:59 AM

    Watch us get rolled…

  4. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 26, 2014 11:08 AM

    wethog66 is right. The Buckeyes are bigger and faster, but Navy is the type team that will keep pounding away at you. They have given many Power 5 teams fits over the years (including tOSU).
    For this game ONLY we may be better off without Braxton. The rest of the team knows they will have to step up and play their “A” game because Braxton won’t be able to bail us out.
    This will be an interesting game to watch.

  5. jrs45 says: Aug 26, 2014 11:21 AM

    Countdown till the OSU haters hop on here.

    OSU 23 Navy 17

    We have to be physical on Defense. I can also see our Offense easily moving down field but having redzone problems.

  6. adambruce88 says: Aug 26, 2014 11:26 AM

    how do they spell schedule in Ohio, C_U_P_C_A_K_E, now, how do they spell pride in Ohio, sorry no such word. could not locate, does not apply.

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 26, 2014 11:58 AM

    jrs45 says “Countdown till the OSU haters hop on here……………….”

    jrs45 called this one. Five minutes after he posted his comment the 1st Troll spewed an ignorant remark.

  8. noworries2359 says: Aug 26, 2014 1:49 PM


    Ohio State SOS is in the 30s on every site I have seen…example 1.

    …where is your team?

  9. jrs45 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:03 PM


    Don’t even bother wasting your time with trolls.

  10. ds147802 says: Aug 26, 2014 2:21 PM

    noworries2359-I’ve learned to not bother anymore myself. Any chance an SEC faithful has to crap on the Buckeyes they are going to. Honestly I think they have been scared for a long time since we pose a real threat even more now that we have Meyer. SEC will be exposed this year! Tenn, Vandy, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Miss St, and Arkansas would be middle of the road to bottom of all the other big 4 conferences. They seem to forget these teams when they are pounding their chests.


  11. basebuck says: Aug 26, 2014 5:09 PM

    Really don’t see how critics say OSU has easy schedule! Navy was 8-4 last year. We play virginia tech, always a good team. We play Cinncinnati and they are favored to win their league. Then the big 10 schedule…

  12. jrs45 says: Aug 27, 2014 9:10 AM

    Guys don’t bother with these trolls. They feed off these Buckeyes.

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