January 11, 2015 - 6:33 pm
College Football Playoff opinion poll
Oregon is a 6-point favorite over Ohio State and the total is 75 in today’s national championship game. A survey of 40 opinions from Las Vegas Review-Journal staff members, other media, oddsmakers and professional handicappers:
Mark Anderson, Review-Journal: Ohio State, 38-34
Oregon’s offense will be difficult to stop, but Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will find a way to slow the game just enough to cause the Ducks problems.
John Avello, Wynn Las Vegas sports book: Oregon, 35-31
The only reason I have Oregon so low is because of Meyer, who is the big difference in keeping this game close.
Jim Barnes, Review-Journal: Oregon, 47-37
The Ducks are too dynamic, and did the Buckeyes leave their best game in New Orleans?
Brian Blessing, The Linemakers on SportingNews.com: Oregon, 42-38
I’ll be playing Ohio State in the first half, but Oregon’s speed — just like in the Michigan State game — will make the difference in the second half.
Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill sports books: Ohio State, 45-42
Meyer as a ’dog.
Steve Cofield, ESPN Radio 1100: Oregon, 42-30
The Ducks’ pace on offense will exhaust Ohio State’s defense by the start of the fourth quarter, and Mariota cements his legacy with a national title.
Dave Cokin, ESPN Radio 1100: Oregon, 38-35
Looking for a classic in college football’s first true championship game.
Todd Dewey, Review-Journal: Oregon, 38-34
Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota scores the winning touchdown in the final seconds as the Ducks outlast the Buckeyes for their first national title.
Brian Edwards, VegasInsider.com: Oregon, 43-31
Although the suspension of wide receiver Darren Carrington is worrisome, I still think Oregon is the play because of Mariota and his 40-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Chuck Esposito, Sunset Station sports book: Oregon, 44-40
Meyer’s phenomenal track record in the role of an underdog, and with more than a week to prepare, keeps this one close.
Doug Fitz, SystemPlays.com: Ohio State, 35-28
Defense usually wins big games, and the Buckeyes have the better defense.
Mark Franco, FrancoSports.com: Oregon, 34-31
Although the line has dropped, I still see value in the underdog because I give the coaching edge to Meyer over the Ducks’ Mark Helfrich.
Bernie Fratto, ESPN Radio 1100: Ohio State, 33-30
Meyer joins Nick Saban by winning a national championship at two schools. #UrbanLegend
Ed Graney, Review-Journal: Oregon, 38-28
A new kind of Duck Dynasty is celebrated.
Ron Kantowski, Review-Journal: Ohio State, 35-34
Meyer wins a stress-filled national playoff title game, tries to relax, doesn’t fret much about TCU’s feelings.
Jay Kornegay, Westgate sports book director: Oregon, 42-30
Ohio State is coming off an emotional and physical win.
Dana Lane, DanaLaneSports.com: Oregon, 38-34
Despite the Carrington suspension, the Ducks have too much offense.
Allen Leiker, Review-Journal: Oregon, 38-34
The Ducks offense gets all the headlines, and rightfully so, but the defense has been impressive in the past six games and will make enough big plays to give the team its first national title.
Vinny Magliulo, The Linemakers on SportingNews.com: Oregon, 41-31
The Ducks win with more speed and versatility on both sides of the line.
Art Manteris, Station Casinos sports books: Oregon, 45-24
Mariota and the Ducks got the jitters out in the first quarter last week, and speed kills the rest of the way.
Bruce Marshall, Goldsheet.com: Oregon, 45-43
The Ducks can survive a high-scoring shootout, but Meyer’s big-play Buckeyes will trade points in Arlington.
Jason McCormick, Red Rock sports book: Ohio State, 44-41
Meyer finds a way … again.
Tony Miller, Golden Nugget sports book: Oregon, 34-30
I think both teams try to establish the run game early, and I see Oregon winning at the end.
Mitch Moss, ESPN Radio 1100: Ohio State, 41-38
Meyer is one of the best coaches I’ve seen, and the Buckeyes are better almost everywhere other than quarterback.
Bert Osborne, South Point sports book: Oregon, 42-23
Speed kills, and the nine straight teams the Ducks have buried before this game can vouch for it.
Eric Parkila, ParkilaSports.com: Oregon, 42-38
Ohio State has had a great season, but Oregon’s speed and leadership from Heisman winner Mariota will be the difference.
Micah Roberts, The Linemakers on SportingNews.com: Ohio State, 45-41
Florida State piled up 528 yards against the Ducks defense, and I don’t see any reason the Buckeyes can’t dice through it as well.
Jay Rood, MGM Resorts sports books: Oregon, 44-24
Speed, speed and more speed.
Ed Salmons, Westgate sports book: Oregon, 50-33
The future of football is the no-huddle offense.
Charlie Scott, CharlieScottSports.com: Oregon, 41-31
The top college teams are now as good as their offense and quarterback, and this is a Heisman winner versus Cardale Jones with two career starts.
Jeff Sherman, Westgate sports book: Oregon, 38-35
The Buckeyes fall just short as the Ducks’ game of basketball on a football field finally pays off.
Alex B. Smith, AxSmithSports.com: Ohio State, 38-31
The Ducks are missing too many weapons on offense now, and that will help the Buckeyes defense.
Paul Stone, Sportsmemo.com: Ohio State, 37-35
Ohio State didn’t even deserve a spot in college football’s equivalent of the Final Four, but the Buckeyes seem destined to win it all behind a third-team quarterback playing in only his third game.
Jeff Stoneback, MGM Resorts sports books: Ohio State, 31-30
Meyer works his magic, and Oregon again can’t get that elusive title.
Lee Sterling, ParamountSports.com: Ohio State, 42-38
The Buckeyes have the better line play and better coaching staff.
Ken Thomson, SportsXradio.com: Oregon, 37-31
The loss of two key wideouts would crush most teams, but Mariota is the most accurate passer in the country, although the Buckeyes are peaking and Meyer is as sharp as a tack.
Dave Tuley, ESPN.com: Oregon, 37-33
I liked Ohio State better at higher numbers, so will likely pass, and the under might be the best play, although it’s scary with these two teams.
Mal Van Valkenburg, Review-Journal: Oregon, 48-35
Oregon’s speed and tempo on offense will wear down the Buckeyes and be the difference in the game.
Kenny White, The Linemakers on SportingNews.com: Oregon, 45-38
Oregon’s fast-paced offense will be too much for Ohio State, and the Ducks’ defense is underrated.
Matt Youmans, Review-Journal: Ohio State, 37-33
The Buckeyes ran all over Alabama, will do the same to Oregon, and Meyer is money as a ’dog.
Straight-up picks: Oregon 27, Ohio State 13
ATS picks: Ohio State 27, Oregon 12, 1 push
Total: Under 27, Over 13
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