The brunt of the national championship load for the Ohio State Buckeyes fell directly on the shoulders of quarterback Braxton Miller not only performing at his usual level, but staying healthy as well. As we have found out within the last 24 hours, the latter part did not even get to see the regular season, as Miller has been ruled out for 2014 after suffering an injury at practice on Monday.
So of course, the national championship odds in Las Vegas took a hit. A huge hit.
According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the odds for the Buckeyes to walk away with the title after the inaugural College Football Playoff have dipped from 12/1 all the way to 50/1.
Ohio State odds to win national title drop from 12/1 to 50/1 according to Las Vegas Hilton Sportsbook
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 19, 2014
This was expected, though. Offensively, the Buckeyes now have a redshirt freshman in J.T. Barrett leading the charge under center, with sophomore Ezekiel Elliott behind him taking over for Carlos Hyde. Not to mention, Elliott has injury issues of his own, recently suffering a minor arm fracture.
But, don’t let this get you down. We have seen crazier things happen. Just look at what the Auburn Tigers did last season, just one year removed from a 3-9 campaign.