Washington vs Ohio State -6.5 (o/u 57)
Pac 12 champ Washington (10-3) gets yet another Rose Bowl shot at the Big Ten’s champ Ohio State. The Huskies come into this game having won its last four games over very good competition. This wasn’t the best Washington offensive team we have seen in recent years. They truly struggled to put points on the scoreboard, only surpassing the 30-point total four times. The only real star on offense was RB Myles Gaskin, who rushed for 1,147 yards and 10 TDs on the ground. The poor offensive performance shines the light on the Pac 12’s best defensive team that ended up tied for 5th in the nation for scoring defense at 15.5 PPG and 12th in the nation for total defense at 301.8 YPG.
Throughout the season, #6 Ohio State (12-1) consistently blew through opponents, including a 62-39 whipping of rival #7 Michigan. However, there was always this uneasiness as the team struggled through a number of controversies that would have destroyed lesser teams. With coaching issues on the horizon, the Buckeyes will summon the country’s 6th best offense (548.8 YPG) one more time to see if they can finish the season in the top five. The undeniable leader on offense was Heisman Trophy candidate Dwayne Haskins, who finished the season with 4,580 yards passing and 47 TDs (tops in the nation) against only 8 interceptions. He even ran for 4 TDs. It’s notable that 12 different players caught at least 1 TD pass. The defense gave up almost 26 PPG, which isn’t typical for an Ohio State team.
Prediction: As Washington may find out early, Ohio State’s offense can score on anyone. That vaunted Washington defense is going to be tested. The question is: can Washington put up enough points to keep thigs close. The belief here is Ohio State is on a mission to show its support for Coach Myers. Play Ohio State -6.5