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Rose Bowl Game
Tuesday, January 1st Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
5:00 PM EST There are a lot of moving parts to this play but we will stick to the most prominent storyline surrounding this affair, which is the fact that the Rose Bowl will be Urban Meyer’s last game as Head Coach of the Buckeyes of THE Ohio State University. With this revelation comes a tremendous amount of sentimentalism not to mention the media circus that has surrounded it since the story broke. That feel-good story has the market influenced, as does OSU’s massacre over Michigan State, into believing or trusting that the Buckeyes will send off one of college football’s greatest coaches with a win in the “Granddaddy of Them All”. Combine that with Meyer and his troops thinking that they were snubbed by the College Football Playoff Committee, the “we’ll show them” angle is another philosophy that has the market justified into laying the points here with OSU. However, all of the above are subject matter that leads to more ripped up tickets than anything else. The bottom line is that one will pay a premium to get behind all those storylines and behind the name itself. We need not imply our opinion on that practice because it is something we go over often. Play value. That’s it.
The fact of the matter remains that this could very well be the best defense that the B1G Champions will face this year outside of Michigan but they do not have the benefit of playing this one at home on their own soil with the emotional intangibles of a one-sided rivalry working in their favor. This outfit is up against a Washington Huskies team that returns for the second year in a row as the Pac-12 Champion. This is also the same UW bunch that was touted by some to make a College Football Playoff contender in the pre-season and subsequently fell of the radar half-way through the campaign when the Purple and Gold racked up three early losses against Auburn, Oregon, and California. However, the team that commands you to bow to Washington has resurged with a vengeance and finished their season with four straight wins, including knocking off a top-10 ranked Washington State in the Apple Cup to earn their bid to defend their title. Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew was on the Heisman Watch List until the Huskies got through with him. You can be rest assured that Heisman Finalist, Buckeyes field general Dwayne Haskins, is next on UW’s hit list, as they look to close out their season with a statement win for their program while avenging a bitter loss last year in the Cotton Bowl against Ohio State’s rival Penn State. Upset potential is high in this one but the points are so inflated that we must grab them.
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Washington +6½ -110 (Risking 2.20 units - To Win: 2.00)