What Are Ohio State's National Championship Odds Going Into Week 13?

After missing out on the College Football Playoff in 2021, the Ohio State Buckeyes will look to make their mark on the most prestigious trophy in the sport.

2022 Results

Date Opponent Score
Sept. 3 vs. Notre Dame 21-10
Sept. 10 vs. Arkansas State 45-12
Sept. 17 vs. Toledo 77-21
Sept. 24 vs. Wisconsin 52-21
Oct. 1 vs. Rutgers 49-10
Oct. 8 at Michigan State 49-20
Oct. 22 vs. Iowa 54-10
Oct. 29 at Penn State 44-31
Nov. 5 at Northwestern 21-7
Nov. 12 vs. Indiana 56-14
Nov. 19 at Maryland 43-30

2022 Record: 11-0

It was hardly a perfect start to the season for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Still, they’ve proven to be a formidable opponent with arguably the most explosive offense in the country. With what we’ve seen from Notre Dame this season, the eleven-point victory over the Fighting Irish in the team’s opener no longer looks as impressive. That’s not to say it didn’t give us an idea of what this Buckeyes team is capable of, but it didn’t lead to much positive conversation surrounding Ryan Day’s group. 

After the team’s tight victory over Notre Dame, the Buckeyes’ offense started to take shape and hasn’t scored less than 44 points in any of their next seven games. Their biggest win came when the team rolled into Beaver Stadium and defeated Penn State 44-31. James Franklin’s Nittany Lions have done an excellent job playing the Buckeyes tough, and that was no different in this matchup. 

Besides two close affairs against Notre Dame and Penn State, the Buckeyes have done a solid job balling out on offense while showing a defense that has improved from one year ago. There’s a reason that Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud is in the mix for the Heisman, and if he finishes the regular season at his current pace, it could be his to take home. 

Despite the team coming out on top against Northwestern, it was hardly a banner day for Stroud and the offense. This was the first “scare” the Buckeyes have had this season against a poor team, but don’t expect that to be a common occurrence.

It was a solid bounce-back performance from Stroud and the Buckeyes on Saturday against Indiana. The team compiled 56 points in their blowout victory and demonstrated why they remain one of the top offensive teams in the country. 

The Buckeyes didn’t have a memorable performance against the Maryland Terrapins, which saw them play a tight game where they came out on top 43-30. When you’re favored by nearly four touchdowns, that’s just not good enough. 

In the Polls/CFP Rankings

Poll This Week Last Week
CFP Rankings 2 2
AP Top 25 2 2
Coaches Poll 2 2

The fourth College Football Playoff Rankings had the Buckeyes listed as the number two team in the country. Ultimately, the ranking of the Buckeyes will be determined when the team takes on Michigan this upcoming weekend. 

College Football National Championship Winner Odds (+250)

At +250 on the FanDuel Sportsbook, the Ohio State Buckeyes own the second-best odds to win the National Championship. The Buckeyes have a solid case to be made for why they sit in the position they do, but this weekend’s matchup with Michigan could change everything. Ohio State and Georgia have separated themselves from the rest of the field, with the next closest team being Michigan at +1200. 

The Remaining Schedule

Nov. 26 vs. Michigan

Entering the regular season, some opponents had the potential to give the Buckeyes trouble. None more significant than their November 26 clash against the Michigan Wolverines. Both teams have circled this date for a long time, and the Buckeyes will be looking to get some revenge after the Wolverines picked up the victory in last year’s showdown. The question remains, will the loser of this matchup still have a fighting chance to make the College Football Playoff? That likely depends on the results and how they lose the game. 

This Week: vs. Michigan (-7.5)

One of the best rivalries in college football will go down this weekend from the Shoe, with the Buckeyes favored by 7.5 points over the Michigan Wolverines. Ohio State will look to avenge the results from last season when these two teams collided, which eliminated the Buckeyes from playoff contention.