- Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end, Chase Young, is a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy and is projected to go number one overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
- The Buckeyes are a 44-point favorite against the Maryland Terrapins.
- Ohio State has the second-ranked total defense in the country, allowing only 224.3 yards per game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State Buckeyes star defensive end, Chase Young is being held out indefinitely due to possible NCAA violations from 2018. The Buckeyes are a 44-point favorite against the Maryland Terrapins this Saturday, however, Ohio State’s title hopes could be affected by this issue.
Chase Young is not only the top prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft but also a possible Heisman Trophy contender. Young has been able to rack up 13.5 sacks on the season, which is the most in the country. He’s also been able to tally 15.5 tackles for loss, which is second-most by a single player in the FBS.
Young sent out a tweet on Friday morning, explaining why he is being held off the field.
“Having a player like Chase play the way he has clearly changes the game and makes everybody on that defense better because you have to account for him on every play,” said Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day after the team’s win against Wisconsin.
Those who were betting on the Buckeyes may start to be worried with one of the nation’s best players sitting out. There are a few factors that they should consider in the immediate future and moving forward.
Young’s Absence May Not Be A Problem…For Now
When it comes to the Buckeyes odds against the Terrapins, not much has shifted. Most leading bookmakers still have Ohio State at -44 against Maryland. While this may seem like an outrageous spread, it is fair given how bad Maryland has gotten beat this year.
The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated Maryland 59-0, the Michigan Wolverines beat them 38-7, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated them 52-10.
When looking at recent betting trends, the Buckeyes are 7-0 ATS in their last seven Big 10 games. They are also 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing at home.
Where bettors outside Ohio may have some doubts is when looking at Ohio State’s odds to win the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship. Oddsmakers still have the Buckeyes with the shortest odds, with Ohio State at +225 odds to win the 2020 CFP Championship.
But, Ohio State still has some important games left on their schedule. The Buckeyes will have to play Penn State on November 23 and Michigan on November 30. Penn State is currently ranked fourth overall by the playoff committee and the game against Michigan will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
For now, Ohio State’s future odds may not change, but if Young’s suspension carries over to the final two games of the season, you may see the Buckeyes’ odds shift.
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