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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes open as heavy favorites to win Big Ten

Spencer Holbrook05/10/22
Jaxon Smith-Njigba by Birm -- Lettermen Row
Jaxon Smith-Njigba will help lead the Buckeyes next season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes open as heavy favorites to win Big Ten

Ohio State expects to be back on top of the Big Ten after a year without a title.

The folks in the desert expect the Buckeyes to get back to winning the league, as well.

BetOnline.ag released its Big Ten odds on Monday, and Ohio State is the betting favorite to win the conference after a year away from the crown. The Buckeyes previously won four straight Big Ten titles before stumbling this season.

Wisconsin has the second-best odds. The Badgers are followed by Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska. Rutgers has the longest odds to win the league, sitting at 200/1.

2022 Big Ten odds (Per BetOnline.ag)

Ohio State 1/2

Wisconsin 10/1

Michigan 11/1

Penn State 12/1

Nebraska 14/1

Iowa 20/1

Michigan State 25/1

Purdue 25/1

Minnesota 28/1

Indiana 33/1

Illinois 100/1

Maryland 100/1

Northwestern 150/1

Rutgers 200/1

Dylan Raiola, No. 1 prospect in 2024, commits to Buckeyes

Five-star quarterback prospect Dylan Raiola has made his college decision.

He’s committed to Ohio State.

Raiola, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander who plays at Chandler (Ariz.) High School, picked the Buckeyes on Monday — his birthday — and committed to Ryan Day and Corey Dennis ahead of USCGeorgiaOregonTexas and more than 20 other college programs.

Ohio State first welcomed in Dylan Raiola for a visit in October of 2021. The country’s top-ranked overall prospect in the Class of 2024 checked out the Buckeyes home game against Penn State the day before Halloween. After a pair of spring visits in April of 2022, the relationship he’d built with the Buckeyes had grown to a point he was comfortable making his pick. He committed the day before the spring game and has now made it official.

Ryan Day’s quarterback development and the chance to win a national championship was what first opened the eyes of Dylan Raiola. That’s what he saw on his first visit and that is what set the tone for the Nebraska legacy’s recruitment after that early trip.

Buckeyes replace outgoing football program liaison

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sport Administration Jocelyn Gates left Ohio State after less than a year in the position, and the Buckeyes moved quickly to fill the athletic department liaison job.

Carey Hoyt, who has worked as a senior associate athletic director, is taking over in the role Gates is leaving. Hoyt has been in the athletic administration role for six years now, and she will now be tasked with leading football scheduling in out-of-conference games as well as planning for bowl games the Buckeyes go to.

The news was announced in an Ohio State press release on Monday afternoon.

Hoyt was the women’s gymnastics coach at Ohio State for 13 years before joining the administrative side in 2017. She most recently was named the head of the Ohio State athletic department Name, Image and Likeness efforts. Hoyt was the leader of the Edge Team to work with area businesses and companies, helping connect them to Buckeyes athletes.

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