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Rose Bowl Odds - 2010: Ohio State vs. Oregon

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Dec/29/2009
Rose Bowl Odds - 2010:  Ohio State vs. Oregon

2010 Rose Bowl odds for Ohio State vs. Oregon had the line open at -4 in favor of OregonAmazingly, this line has remained steady and will probably not move any right up until game time New Year's Day.  BetUS.com reports around 80 percent of the backing on Oregon however, which makes one wonder why the bookies aren't trying to get more action going Ohio State's way.  At least one book we found had moved the line up a half point in the past 24 hours.

Big Ten champions for the fifth straight season, the No. 8 Buckeyes will carry a five-game winning streak into Pasadena to face a seventh-ranked Ducks team that overcame early season adversity to claim its first Pac-10 title since 2001.

"When you're undefeated in November, good things are going to happen over the holidays," coach Jim Tressel said.

Oregon (10-2) probably couldn't have envisioned a happy holiday season after its opener, a 19-8 loss at then-No. 14 Boise State which ended in ugly fashion when senior running back LeGarrette Blount punched Broncos defensive end Byron Hout after the game. The Ducks suspended Blount for the season the next day.

They quickly put the incident behind them, though, as redshirt freshman LaMichael James took Blount's place in the lineup and the entire team stepped up. James ran for 1,476 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards per carry for a Ducks team that averaged 44.4 points while winning 10 of its final 11.

The Ducks claimed the Pac-10 crown Dec. 3 with a 37-33 victory over then-No. 13 Oregon State in the annual Civil War game.

"That team battled through a lot, but they never doubted themselves," first-year coach Chip Kelly said. "They are a great group to be around. They know how to fight and fight back and they are a great group to be around."

ESPN.com remarked that this is a classic matchup of the Ducks' sixth-rated rushing offense versus the Buckeyes' fifth-rated rushing defense, but so often it is the less obvious considerations -- such as Oregon's fast but undersized defense versus Ohio State's physical but inconsistent offense -- that decides things. And Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who almost went to Oregon, will get a close-up look at an offense that might have better fit his skill set.

Rose Bowl Odds - 2010:  Ohio State vs. Oregon trends to consider before betting on this game include:

The Buckeyes are 7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.

The Buckeyes are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Pac-10.

The Buckeyes are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win.

Ohio State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog of 3.5-10.0.

The Buckeyes are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win.

Ohio State is 22-5 ATS in their last 27 games on grass.

The Ducks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win.

The Ducks are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.

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Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com 

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