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Ohio State’s 2023 Win Total – Over/Under Prediction

Nick Holz

by Nick Holz in College Football

Updated Jun 22, 2023 · 7:01 PM PDT

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day gives a play to quarterback Kyle McCord
Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day gives a play to quarterback Kyle McCord (6) during the fourth quarter of the NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. Michigan State Spartans At Ohio State Buckeyes Football
  • Win totals have been released for the 2023 CFB season
  • The Ohio State 2023 Win Total has been set at 10.5 by sportsbooks
  • Explore our Ohio State 2023 Win Total analysis and best bets below

After a heartbreaking loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in last year’s Peach Bowl, the Ohio State Buckeyes are back with a vengeance. Much will be expected of the Buckeyes entering 2023, in a season that could make or break the career of head coach Ryan Day. However, after the loss of quarterback CJ Stroud and eight other starters to the NFL, will Ohio State surpass its 2023 Win Total?

Oddsmakers have released the college football win totals odds and many fail to see Ohio State winning more than ten games this season. With 20 new players on the roster, and only 13 returning starters, Ohio State’s win total sits at just 10.5.

Ohio State 2023 Win Total

Projected Regular Season Wins Over Odds Under Odds
10.5 -105 -115

With 12 games on the docket, Ohio State has been given -105 odds to surpass 10.5 regular season wins, while the under is set at -115 odds. Clearly, sportsbooks are torn on this Buckeyes squad’s potential.

 

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Can Ryan Day Get This Team Over the Hump?

The script has been set in stone for Ohio State under the tutelage of Ryan Day. Ohio State generally looks like world beaters in the regular season. Although they’ve failed to get over the post-season hump.

While the Buckeyes have lost two straight games to arch-rivals Michigan, few other teams in the Big 10 can stop Ohio State from winning yet another Big Ten Championship this season. That being said, a demanding schedule looms large for this young squad.

An intriguing slate of contests are on the docket for the Buckeyes. Looking at Ohio State’s schedule, a September 23rd visit to Notre Dame will provide a sturdy challenge. Despite that, early college football betting lines have the Buckeyes as 10-point favorites in South Bend. While contests with Penn State, and a trip to Wisconsin could be difficult for this young Buckeyes team to overcome.

However, most Buckeyes’ seasons are decided by whether or not they can defeat the Michigan Wolverines. Ultimately, the Ohio State 2023 win total could come down to the final Saturday in November as the Buckeyes make the trip to Ann Arbor. The pressure will be on Ryan Day and the whole team to avoid a third straight loss to Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

Fresh Face at Quarterback Will Decide Ohio State’s Fate

Quarterbacks Kyle McCord and Devin Brown will compete to take over for All-American CJ Stroud.

Whoever Ryan Day chooses to succeed the 2nd overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft will be the person with the greatest impact in determining Ohio State’s chances of surpassing their win total this season.

The number 4 quarterback recruit in the 2021 cycle, Kyle McCord enters 2023 as the most experienced quarterback on the roster. Excitingly, he’s also a former high school teammate of all-world wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. McCord has appeared in 12 games over the past two seasons. The former five-star recruit even started a game in 2021 versus Akron. McCord impressed in his lone start, completing 13 of 18 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Devin Brown was a 5-star recruit in the 2022 class. He played sparingly last season before redshirting the year. Unfortunately, Brown has missed much of spring training after injuring his finger.

Evidently, McCord is the leader in the clubhouse to take over at the pivot, but much can change between now and August. Be sure to keep your eye on this battle.

Ohio State Win Total Betting Prediction

Buoyed by an outstanding receiving core, whoever takes over at quarterback will have a ton of help. Marvin Harrison Jr, Emeka Egbuka, Julian Fleming and Jayden Ballard will make life easy for their new signal-caller. While running backs Treveyon Henderson and Miyan Williams return to dominate the backfield.

In contrast to the offense, the Buckeyes’ defense will return only six starters. Even so, this unit has a ton of potential in 2023. Look for the Ohio State defense to build on last year’s showing in the second year of defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ system.

That being said, an exodus of experienced talent in the trenches could be the Buckeyes’ downfall this season. Fresh faces on the offensive and defensive lines are top recruits, however, they lack the big-game experience necessary to take this team to new heights.

Ohio State very well could catch fire and make the College Football Playoff. However, this young team is much more likely to go through some growing pains in 2023. Take the under for OSU in the CFB win totals.

Pick: Ohio State Under 10.5 Wins (-115)

 

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