Monday night, the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game, will kick off from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Oregon Ducks led by Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota will face the Ohio State Buckeye led by quarterback Cardale Jones.
In its semifinal game, Oregon defeated the Florida State Seminoles 59-20, easily covering the spread. At the same time, Ohio State defeated Alabama 43-35, winning outright as an underdog.
The last time the two teams met was in the Rose Bowl in 2010 with Ohio State winning 27-16 and covering a 4.5-point spread by winning outright as the underdog.
This is the first time in eight seasons that no SEC team will by for the national championship.
Oregon on the season is 13-1 straight up and 10-4 against the spread. Ohio State is 13-1 SU and 9-5 ATS.
The over-under for Oregon this season is 7-7 and for Ohio State 12-2.
Oregon is 9-0 SU and ATS, since is only loss earlier in the regular season to Arizona. In each of the 9 games, the Ducks covered a spread of seven points or more on eight occasions.
According to Bovada and betonline, Oregon is 5-1 SU against schools from the Big 10 since 2007.
Ohio State ended the season with a run of 8-3 ATS and since 2007 is 13-2 against the number while an underdog and covering six straight when receiving 7 points or more.
According to topbet and sportsbook.com, the line opened at Oregon -6.5 and has fluctuated between there and -7.5 the past 10 days.
The point total opened at 72.5 on most sites, but has gone as high as 75.
Offensively, Oregon has the nation’s No. 2 offense scoring 47.2 points per game against the No. 27 ranked defense of Ohio State that is allowing 22.1 points per game.
The Ducks passing game averages 311 yards a game, while the Buckeyes allowed 191.5 yards per game through the air.
- Ohio State has covered the spread in 8 of its past 12 games overall.
- Ohio State has won 5 consecutive games straight up.
- Oregon has won straight up and covered the spread in each of its past 9 games overall
- Oregon is 4-0 against the number in its past four bowl games.
- The OVER has cashed in 12 of the past 13 games played by Ohio State.
Both teams will score and often. The OVER even though it seems high, looks to be a good play.
Between the teams, they average 92 points per game, which should make for fireworks on the offensive side.
The Ducks do not matchup as well with Ohio State as they did with Florida State. The spread seems high. I like the OVER and Ohio State covering.