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Buckeyes among post-spring betting favorites to win national title
After making it to the national title game before losing last season, Ohio State expects to be in the thick of the national title hunt again next year.
The folks in Las Vegas also believe the Buckeyes will be in that conversation. The post-spring betting odds are out, and the Buckeyes are among the favorites to win the national championship, according to the Draft Kings sports book. Alabama has the best odds. The Crimson Tide (+250) are followed by Clemson (+300), Ohio State (+400), Georgia (+600), Oklahoma (+800), LSU (+2500) and Texas A&M (+2500).
Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State will all three be breaking in new quarterbacks and replacing plenty of talent. But that doesn’t matter. They are the three best teams in the country nearly every year, and they have the best odds to win the title.
Ohio State came up short last year, but the Buckeyes have a good chance to avenge that loss and win the crown this fall.
Lettermen Live hosted by Roosters
Ohio State wrapped up another successful NFL draft over the weekend.
Lettermen Live is back at Roosters to break down every Buckeyes angle.Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward is joined by Lettermen Row Director of Recruiting Jeremy Birmingham, Nicole Cox from Roosters, former Buckeyes quarterback Justin Zwick and former Ohio State linebacker Bobby Carpenter for an in-depth recap at the NFL draft.
The crew breaks down which Buckeyes went to the best situation and more.
The panel also made sure to break down the Buckeyes recruiting scene, including the addition of a new commitment in the class of 2022 and their continued pursuit of a linebacker in the transfer portal.
As always, Lettermen Live is hosted by Roosters on Olentangy River Road in Columbus.
Buckeyes priority running back target joins Birminology
Omarion Hampton finally had his chance to follow up on a tremendous sophomore season, one where he ran for almost 2,500 yards, in mid-March. The pandemic forced North Carolina to postpone football until the spring. He had begun putting together a spectacular junior campaign as well,Â but suffered a broken ankle after five games.
Now, his Cleveland (Clayton, N.C.) High School teammates are one win away from a state title and Hampton is able to pay a bit more attention to recruiting than he thought.
And that means more time to connect with coaches like Tony Alford. Ohio State has real interest in the countryâ€™s No. 10-ranked tailback and he has real interest in the Buckeyes. Heâ€™s one of just two backs that will be hosted for an official visit this June, along with Memphis (Tenn.) 4-star Dallan Hayden. A lot of schools are starting to pay attention to the 6-foot-tall, 215-pound Omarion Hampton and a laser-timed 40-yard dash in under 4.40 seconds is a big reason why.
Whatâ€™s the most important thing heâ€™s looking for in a college? When will be visit Ohio State? How does he connect with running backs coach Tony Alford? Get to know more about the rising prospect and his interest the Buckeyes on the latest episode ofÂ Birminology from Lettermen Row with resident recruiting expert Birm.
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