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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes open as early favorites in key games

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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and the Buckeyes will be favored in nearly every game next season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes open as early favorites in key games

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Buckeyes open as early favorites in key games

College football has been put on a temporary hiatus as the sports world sits and waits during the coronavirus pandemic. But the sport will resume eventually, and the Buckeyes are expected to be on of the country’s best teams in 2020.

Quarterback Justin Fields will lead the offense that has potent wide receivers and one of the best offensive lines in America. The defense will reload. Ryan Day will have the Buckeyes ready for his second year in control.

With all that in mind, the folks at released betting lines for some of the season’s most interesting and intriguing matchups. Ohio State will play in many of those games. The Buckeyes should be favored in every game they play next season, and the early betting lines back that up.

Some notable lines:

  • Sept. 12 – Ohio State (-6) @ Oregon
  • Oct. 10 – Iowa @ Ohio State (-14.5)
  • Oct. 24 – Ohio State (-3) @ Penn State
  • Oct. 31 – Nebraska @ Ohio State (-13.5)
  • Nov. 28 – Michigan @ Ohio State (-7.5)

Ohio State was favored in every game last season except the Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson. It should be more of the same betting lines next year.

New Lettermen Live presented by Roosters

On the latest Lettermen Live presented by Roosters, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by former Ohio State linebacker Anthony Schlegel, Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham and Spencer Holbrook for a conversation to break down how Trey Sermon can be a huge pickup for the Buckeyes.

Schlegel talked about the culture within the Buckeyes program and how they can stay together while practicing social distancing. The guys break down which position groups needed the now-canceled spring practice since the coronavirus forced Ohio State to take a hiatus.

It might not be hosted in Roosters due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but the guys still were able to have a fun, casual conversation. Make sure to check out your local Roosters for carry-out options during the dining-room shutdown.

North Carolina defensive end joins Birminology

Jahvaree Ritzie planned to have a busy April on the recruiting trail.

The four-star defensive end from North Carolina was slated to get to Columbus to visit Larry Johnson and the Buckeyes. But that has been put on hold, as the NCAA mandated a recruiting dead period due to the ongoing global pandemic. That hasn’t stopped Ritzie and the Buckeyes from staying in contact. They speak every day. Ohio State continues to grow its relationship with the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Ritzie.

What impact has Larry Johnson had on Jahvaree Ritzie to this point? How often is he talking to Ryan Day? What kind of defensive role does he seem himself playing in the future? Find out those answers and more in the latest edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

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Ohio State and Clemson right now are two teams head and shoulders above everyone else in their conference. Unlike most teams that measure themselves up against the best from the conference, right now you have to measure what Ohio State has vs. teams like Clemson and Bama.

Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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