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Rose Bowl Betting Preview – Washington vs. Ohio State

Huskies vs. Buckeyes Picks

The granddaddy of them all has some extra meaning this year. The Rose Bowl will be Urban Meyer’s swan song as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Although there is a lot to not like about Meyer, he has been incredibly successful during his time as a head coach. He is 82-9 as head coach of the Buckeyes, and only Nick Saban has been close to as much of a success. Meyer will look to end his tenure with a win over the Washington Huskies in his sixth straight Big Six bowl appearance and first trip to the Rose Bowl.

Washington Huskies vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 5 p.m. ET

Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Opening Rose Bowl Odds at Ohio State -6.5, O/U 57

Washington Huskies vs. Ohio State Buckeyes TV Coverage: ESPN

It was a disappointing season for the Washington Huskies. Although they won the PAC 12 title for the second time in three seasons, they will be thinking about what could have been this offseason. Their hopes of winning a national title were put on life support after a loss to Auburn in Atlanta in the season opener, and they were completely snuffed out after an overtime loss to Oregon in mid-October. The Huskies suffered another loss to California a couple weeks later, but they rallied to knock off Stanford and defeated Washington State in the Apple Cup to claim the PAC 12 North title. Washington played one of the ugliest games you’ll ever see to win the conference and earn a trip to the Rose Bowl, beating an injury depleted Utah team 10-3.

Ohio State was rather disappointing for most of the season too. The Buckeyes defense was a sieve, allowing loads of yards and points to mediocre opponents, and they were hammered 49-20 by Purdue in the middle of October to effectively end their hopes of making the College Football Playoff. Ohio State nearly lost to Nebraska, Penn State, and Maryland, but the Buckeyes whooped Michigan in the Big Game to earn a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game. In Indianapolis, they beat an outmatched Northwestern team 45-24 to earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Injury Report

The Buckeyes haven’t had Nick Bosa since the third week of the year, as Bosa got injured and decided to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft instead. Ohio State may also be without WR Cameron Brown, G Demetrius Knox, and K Marcus Hooker too.

Washington took a couple hits at wide receiver when Chico McClatcher and Quinten Pounds were lost for the season due to injuries, and they have been without defenders Amandre Williams, Austin Joyner, and Jared Pulu for quite some time too. They seem to be relatively healthy coming into this game though, and the month off has helped get injured players ready.

Ohio State Buckeyes Player to Watch

A big performance against Washington in the Rose Bowl might force Dwayne Haskins’ hand. Haskins has yet to declare himself eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft, but with Justin Herbert’s announcement to return to Oregon for one more season, he has become the top prospect on most teams’ draft boards. There is no shortage of teams looking for a signal caller, and he could be the No. 1 pick with a great game and a solid performance at the combine. As such, this will be more than just another bowl game for him.

Washington Huskies Player to Watch

On the flip side of the coin is Jake Browning. Browning was seen as an early round pick coming into the season, but he has now regressed for two straight seasons and might not even be drafted at this point. The four-year starter has won a lot of games over the course of his career, yet he only shined as a sophomore. He knows he needs to flash on tape, and I think Chris Petersen will give him plenty of chances to shine against a bad Ohio State defense.

NCAA Football Betting Odds

Huskies at Buckeyes Prediction

The over is the best bet in this game. We have seen four straight Rose Bowl games have 60 points or more, and I think both teams will air it out here. I’m not too sure on a side as the number looks spot on given Ohio State’s problems on defense, but the over should hit.

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