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Bucknotes: Unreasonable Expectations?

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Despite losing five first-round NFL draft picks, Ohio State is considered one of the favorites to win the national championship this season. Well, at least in the eyes of the people who create betting lines for a living and put their own money on the line. But are the Buckeyes overrated? Dave Biddle tackles that question and more in this edition of Bucknotes.

On the surface, it sounds a bit ridiculous. A team loses five first-round NFL draft picks, and yet is still expected to contend for college football's national championship. But Ohio State is not only considered a possible contender, the Buckeyes are touted as one of the odds-on favorites. Browsing various online sportsbooks, for entertainment (and research) purposes only, OSU is a consensus...

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