It’s never too early to dream about college football, especially in Ohio, where the Ohio State Buckeyes are always a top team. Caesars Sportsbook has college football week 1 odds for select games for the 2022 regular season, including the season opener for Ohio State against Notre Dame.
As of Aug. 11, Caesars lists the Buckeyes as 14.5-point favorites against Notre Dame for the Sept. 3 game at the Horseshoe in Columbus. This line has moved up four full points from where it opened in early April.
You’ll have to bet outside Ohio for now, of course, until Ohio sports betting launches on Jan. 1, 2023. Ohio sports betting is legal, but the industry has not yet launched. If the Buckeyes get selected for a major bowl game, sports bettors in Ohio will be able to wager on the game.
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How Good Will Ohio State Be In 2022?
The Buckeyes are expected to be a good team again this fall. Caesars lists Ohio State at +300 to win the College Football Playoff Championship as of June 12. That puts the Buckeyes behind only Alabama and Georgia as favorites for the title. BetRivers lists Ohio State as a heavy favorite to win the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes have quarterback C.J. Stroud coming back after he put up an amazing season as a redshirt freshman. Last year he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and became the first OSU QB to throw four TDs in a single game five times. He should once again be a Heisman Trophy finalist. In fact, he’s one of the favorites to win the award this season.
As usual, the Buckeyes have a slew of blue-chip recruits and returning players with Big Ten experience. They will aim to recapture the conference title and get back to the College Football Playoff. They shouldn’t be counted out, as they are consistently the best program located above the Mason-Dixon Line.
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Notre Dame Football Odds In 2022
Few teams have a national following like Notre Dame. You’ll even find Fighting Irish fans in Ohio. For some, the Buckeyes are their No. 1 rooting interest, and Notre Dame is No. 2. That’s how popular the Fighting Irish are.
If you want to bet on Notre Dame football in 2022 and you live in Ohio, you’ll have to be patient for sports betting apps to launch in the Buckeye State. If you get to neighboring states with active legal sports betting markets like Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, you can place wagers there.
Notre Dame is +4000 to win the national championship, according to Caesars Sportsbook as of April 18. The team went 11-2 last season and earned a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, where the Irish lost to Oklahoma. Notre Dame’s first-year coach is Marcus Freeman, who took over for Brian Kelly after Kelly bolted for LSU.
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How Do I Bet On Ohio State Football in Ohio?
The Ohio Casino Control Commission will manage the sports betting market in Ohio. The sports betting bill signed into law demands that the industry launches by Jan. 1, 2023. As of now, the OCCC has not issued a timeline of when the sports betting launch will take place.
If Ohio follows the same pattern as other states who legalized and launched sports betting, it could accept applications for sports betting licenses from sportsbooks in the spring or summer, and possibly launch in time for the football season.
5 Facts About Ohio Sports Betting
- Sports betting was signed into law in Ohio in December of 2021. The first legal wager must be placed by Jan. 1, 2023, but Ohio’s regulatory process is still ongoing, and there has been no launch date set as of yet.
- By law, up to 40 sports betting licenses can be issued. Several recognizable brand names are expected to apply for licenses in Ohio, including Caesars, FanDuel, and BetMGM.
- You must be 21 years or older to legally bet on sports in Ohio.
- Bettors will be able to wager on college sports, including events where Ohio schools are competing.
- You may register and wager with multiple sportsbooks in Ohio, so you’ll want to check the bonuses available in the state. Be advised that many sportsbooks are expected to offer pre-launch bonuses.