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Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Washington Huskies – Odds, Predictions, and Pick for Betting the 2019 Rose Bowl

| December 29, 2018 12:00 am PDT
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Washington Huskies Predictions

Urban Meyer says that the 2019 Rose Bowl will be his swan song, and perhaps that’ll be the case. The fact that Meyer will be teaching a course based upon character and leadership at Ohio State next year seems inappropriate and unfitting to say the least, but that tells you exactly how much morals and basic principles mean to the university.

Quite frankly, something tells me that we’ll see Urban at another program down the road. Rick Pitino also got caught up in some undesirable allegations and told the world he was finished coaching back in September. Three months later, he’s already beginning his next chapter leading Panathinaikos in Greece.

Regardless of if we see Urban at another program or not, the clash against Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day will be the last time Meyer is coaching football at Ohio State. That, you can bet your bottom dollar on.

He’ll bring into Pasadena a loaded group that is oozing with NFL talent on both sides of the field, but things won’t come easy. The Washington defense is littered with speed and ball hawkers and is yet to surrender more than 30 points in a single game this season.

That streak will most definitely be on the line in this one because I can assure you that the Huskies haven’t faced an offense as potent as the Buckeyes.

Let’s start diving in.

The 2019 Rose Bowl

  • Records: Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1), Washington Huskies (10-3)
  • Where: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California
  • When: Tuesday, January 1st – 5:00 pm EST – ESPN

If it weren’t for a lopsided loss at Purdue in the middle of the season, the Buckeyes would have been a lock for the College Football Playoff. The good news is that since their indescribable performance in West Lafayette, the Buckeyes have really turned it on.

Ending the regular season by stomping on Michigan and blowing out Northwestern (in the Big Ten Championship) tells me this team is playing their best football of the season, which doesn’t bode well for the Huskies.

Chris Petersen is a terrific football coach and has arguably the best defense he’s had in his five years coaching in Seattle. The Huskies D is fifth in the nation in points allowed (15.5 PPG) and is relentless at getting after the quarterback.

After going on the road and holding an explosive unit like Washington State to just 13 points, one can make a case that “U-Dub” perhaps can slow down Ohio State. But I’m not ready to put Gardner Minshew in the same breath as Dwayne Haskins, so let’s keep things in perspective.

Haskins not only led all of college football in passing yards (4,580) and passing touchdowns (47), but he efficiently completed over 70% of his passes. Parris Campbell heads a group of big-time wideouts who can spread out and win one-on-one matchups.

Campbell has been virtually “un-guardable” the way he has been motioned around at the line of scrimmage, but the Huskies will have a few tricks of their own up their sleeve.

Being that the strength of Washington’s defense is their secondary, there should be some really intriguing battles on the outside. Byron Murphy and Taylor Rapp are two of the truly elite defensive backs in all of FBS (I-A) and have the potential to give Haskins and the Buckeyes offense fits.

But I’m not ready to go that far just yet.

I mean, did you see what Haskins did to Michigan and Northwestern – a couple of really good defenses in their own right? Dwayne absolutely shredded the Wolverines and Wildcats to the tune of 895 yards passing and 11 touchdowns! And no, that wasn’t in a video game.

This is real life.

Head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day has this air attack clicking on all cylinders, and I’m afraid that the Huskies players and fans will be in for a rude awakening.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Washington Huskies – Lines and Pick

Ohio State (-6.5)-115
Washington (+6.5)-105
Over 57.5-110
Under 57.5-110

The spread is a full touchdown in favor of the Buckeyes nearly everywhere you look, but that’s exactly why I strongly endorse readers to always be shopping their lines. For example, I was able to latch onto the Buckeyes at -6.5 on SportsBetting.ag, which happens to be one of the top college football betting sites out there.

And before you start firing away on this one, remember this. These two teams aren’t that comparable, no matter how hard you try and make it seem like they are.

When you take into account that Chris Petersen’s squad had accumulated three losses before we even hit Halloween, it’s quite the accomplishment that the Huskies even won the Pac-12 and wound up playing in the Rose Bowl.

I give them credit for clawing back, but I also say this.

Matching up against athletes in the PAC-12 doesn’t liken or do justice to what Ohio State brings to the table.

Washington’s formula for winning games involves running the football with Myles Gaskin and playing sound and persistent defense. The problem is the following.

If Ohio State gets up early, Jake Browning and the Washington offense isn’t built to score lots of points and come storming back into ball games. Creating some early turnovers and keeping Haskins off the field would be their best recipe for success, but that’s an extremely tall order.

The task at hand for the Huskies on Tuesday at the Rose Bowl will be fierce, it will be ferocious, and in the end, I just think it’ll be too much too handle.

PICKOhio State (-6.5)-115

Final Thoughts

Are you ready for some Big Ten vs. Pac 12 action in college football or what?

The Redbox Bowl featuring Michigan State and Oregon on New Year’s Eve is just a prelude for what’s to come. Because on New Year’s Day, we get the “Granddaddy of Them All.”

I’m talking about the one and only Rose Bowl, and boy, do we have a fascinating matchup on tap. Some college football experts are in the camp who believe that Washington’s defense will be able to cause chaos and manipulate the Buckeyes offense.

I’m in the belief that nowadays in college football, a great offense can beat a great defense.

Tune into ESPN at 5:00 pm EST on the first day of 2019, and you’ll get see to which unit reigns supreme.

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Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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