Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes title odds improve amid chaotic CFP picture

Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes title odds improve amid chaotic CFP picture

Ohio State helmet by Birm -- Lettermen Row
Ohio State is among the national-title favorites despite having a loss. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes title odds improve amid chaotic CFP picture

Ohio State has buried the Week Two loss to Oregon deep into its memory.

Of course, the Buckeyes shouldn’t forget how far they’ve come since the home loss to the Ducks. But in the last four weeks, they have certainly put that game behind them and found ways to get better.

The folks in the desert know the Buckeyes are one of the best teams in the country, despite the early-season fall. Oddsmakers now have Ohio State with the third-best odds to win the national championship (+1000). The Buckeyes are behind only Georgia (+130) and Alabama (+200), despite the Crimson Tide’s loss over the weekend.

Ohio State may have tripped up early in the season, but it is still among the top three favorites to lift the title trophy in Indianapolis in January.

Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters

How has Ohio State been able to turn things around so quickly and convincingly? That’s what the Lettermen Row crew broke down on Monday in the latest episode of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters.

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by former Buckeyes linebacker Bobby Carpenter, former Ohio State quarterback Justin Zwick, Nicole Cox of Roosters and Lettermen Row beat writer Spencer Holbrook to analyze the Buckeyes performance against Maryland and what it means going forward.

If the Buckeyes keep firing on all cylinders like they have over the past three weeks, winning another Big Ten championship and another College Football Playoff appearance is within reach.

You won’t want to those discussions and much more in the latest episode of Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters. Don’t forget to grab the $2 appetizers every Tuesday at all Roosters locations. Fried mushrooms is this week’s appetizer while supplies last.

As always, Lettermen Live is hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.

C.J. Stroud keeps Buckeyes B1G freshman honors streak in tact

C.J. Stroud is on an absolute tear.

The Buckeyes quarterback was up and down across his first three career starts as indecisiveness combined with an ailing shoulder led to inconsistency from the Ohio State starter. That is apparently all a thing of the past now.

Stroud threw five touchdown passes for the second consecutive game on Saturday in the Buckeyes’ 66-17 rout of Maryland. He now has a combined 736 yards passing, 10 touchdowns and a 73-percent completion rate in victories over Rutgers and the Terrapins.

For his efforts, Stroud has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season.

This is the sixth time that an Ohio State freshman has earned the conference’s Freshman of the Week honor. TreVeyon Henderson won the award after his record-setting performance against Tulsa, and Kyle McCord captured it following his start against Akron.

That streak will, however, come to an end this week as Ohio State hits its bye week to prepare for its road matchup with Indiana on Oct. 23.

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