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Ohio State has opened as 14½-point favorites over UCF. Who do you like?

The Buckeyes to cover
82% (1008 votes)
The Buckeyes to win, but not cover
15% (184 votes)
The Knights to cover
1% (15 votes)
The Knights to win outright
2% (20 votes)
Total Votes: 1227

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Conroy's picture

Don't think we need four choices here.
 
Don't sleep on the Knights guys.  They have a good defense and just beat Akron the same way a real school does.

Bucks43201's picture

UCF did look impressive. It will be interesting to see if UCF --- once they get behind by double digits, (which they will at some point) --- can come from behind. Normally, their Offense isn't designed to come from behind. And, if it was last year & Jeffrey Godfrey was at QB -- I'd say they wouldn't stand a chance & they'd lose by 4 touchdowns. But, this Blake Bortles kid is more of a passer, so he gives them a chance. It will be interesting to see, but I think the Buckeyes still overwhelm up front on D & win by about 3 or 4 touchdowns.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Squirrel Master's picture

yeah, the buckeyes winning and not covering is the same as picking the golden knights and covering! 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

onetwentyeight's picture

Love the 9 #Troll votes 

schooey's picture

I would like to hear from the people who think that the knights are going to win. Just how exactly do they think that is going to happen? 

Bucks43201's picture

I think they're of the mindset that Bauserman has a year of eligibility left, and they're planning on Braxton getting cramps again.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

buckeyechad's picture

I didn't vote for it but I'd say the chance UCF wins is easily higher than the current 1% of votes. 

buck-I.8's picture

To be fair, a poll doesnt represent probabilities. If P=60/40, the vote will likely still be higher than 60/40 on the side of the favorite.

buckeyechad's picture

True. It just kind of annoys me when people can't even imagine an outcome different from what they expect. College football is so unpredictable, especially in the first few weeks, and  the Knights are a very good football team. That being said I do think we will win by 20+.

jestertcf's picture

i always think that the people who pick the obvious ridiculous choice, and don't offer a post of explanation, are to me the same people who feel they must dislike a youtube video "just to be different."
-run on sentence much?

~Because we couldn't go for three~

cplunk's picture

The Knights are very good. We're in our second game in a new offense. There are questions as to if our D-lines inability to generate consistent pressure was due to Miami's scheme or poor play. The fact that Meyer did not grade any defensive linemen or linebackers as champions tells you what he thinks.
There are definitely scenarios where UCF outright wins this game, and there are many more of those scenarios than most OSU fans seem to realize.
i put the chances off Knights win at about 20 pct. if the Knights win it will be close. If we win, it will be a big win (20 pts or more).
People need to stop sleeping on UCF just because they haven't heard of them and they aren't a big name. This UCF team is better than everyone on our schedule but Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Nebraska. TSUN has more talent, but the Denard factor means they could lose to or beat just about anyone. 

Squirrel Master's picture

The secondary, despite whether the dline got pressure or not, gave up 312 passing yards and yet the dline gave up -1 yard rushing. And you think Urban said the secondary were champions and the front 7 were not? Dude, read that again and tell me how ridiculous that sounds.
Not to mention the pressure was lessened by the fact they had to play in a nickle package most of the game with Miami throwing the ball on 3 step drops, each down! I personally think with everything involved, the front 7 did just fine! If you want to point to the first quarter, the whole defense was awful! Offense as well. Can't say the front 7 were not champion material but the secondary was! The stats prove differently! Eye test too!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

cplunk's picture

Um, Urban did say the secondary were champions and not the D line. Read his quotes in the quote section. He lists many players that graded out as champions in positions all over the field- but not one single D lineman or LB.
I don't "think" Urban said it, I know Urban said it.
the D-line failed to get push or pressure almost all day. Urban expects better. So should you.

capn's picture

Didn't Culpepper Go to UCF?

Capn, Make It So...

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I like them to cover that spread, but not by too much.  TD at most over the spread.

Class of 2010.

schooey's picture

I've heard of UCF. I've watched UCF. And I've been researching UCF and I do not think they are "very good". (North Texas would whip Akron.) Last year UCF lost every single away game and a home game to Tulsa. Nobody is "sleeping on UCF"; they are not that good. 

cplunk's picture

Hopefully you are right. They had a lot of close games in those losses next year and have brought back pretty much every important starter. That's what mainly worries me- we're in the midst of learning a new offense and slightly changed defense and they're a solid team with lots of experience (and that southern certainty that "Ohio state is overrated.').
i think our talent level is infinitely superior to theirs. They don't hold a candle to our talent. It's the timing and intangibles that concern me.
nothing would mAke me happier than another blowout, so hopefully you're right and I'm wrong.

Nick's picture

Meyer has a killer instinct that was lacking in Columbus the last decade. The close OOC games with lesser teams and Purdue Harbors won't happen anymore. 

tampa buckeye's picture

Agreed if they go down they go down swinging.

tampa buckeye's picture

Ohio state should cover.  However I'm shocked it isn't a higher point spread then 14.5.  What do the guys in vegas know that I don't?  Did they just watch the 1st quarter of Miami?  If that team shows up we have problems even winning the game.  
What we have going for us is Urban will play ball till the final min. of the game.  14.5 seems like a lay-up and last week I went heavy with a 5 unit bet on the good guys and I see no reason to back off this week.  Buckeyes big in this one by 28.

nickma71's picture

However I'm shocked it isn't a higher point spread then 14.5.  What do the guys in vegas know that I don't?

 
The spread is not a prediction. It is an arbritrary number designed to get equal money on the favorite and underdog. It is a number a Buckeye fan can confidently say OSU will win, and a hater say they can't.

tampa buckeye's picture

btw the line has jumped 3 points already and I'd imagine if you wait til friday or sat it will be closer to 20

nickma71's picture

As already noted, that is because it isn't a prediction. It is moving to equalize the money.