On line sports gambling frustration reached a critical mass after 2008 when the Buckeyes were defeated in a BCS sports gambling bowl matchup for the third straight year. Ohio State had developed the on line sports gambling reputation of being a program that was good enough to plod through the weak Big Ten Conference and then get blown out by superior programs from other conferences.
That reputation is no longer valid and sportsgambling expectations for 2010 are on the rise in Columbus.
Ohio State finished the 2009 season with an on line sports gambling record of 11-1 straight up and 10-3 against the spread. Most important of all, however, is that they won their BCS Rose Bowl matchup against Oregon in dominating fashion 26-17 as 4.5 point underdogs.
Ohio State was made the underdog in that game due to their past BCS failures along with their reputation of not having good team speed. Most observers felt that they would get blown off the field in a track meet versus Oregon. Those observers were proven wrong.
A big reason for Ohio State’s on line sports gambling success was quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who steadily improved as the season went along. Pryor reached his peak in the Rose Bowl as he passed for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns while also rushing for 72 yards. He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Prior will enter the 2010 on line sports gambling season as a junior that has made dramatic strides and is now poised to become one of the best signal callers in the country.
Head coach Jim Tressel is cautious to heap too much praise on Pryor but did say that there has been noticeable improvement with his quarterback before adding that it must continue.
Ohio State will enter the 2010 season as the on line sports gambling favorite to win the Big Ten as they have 9 starters returning on offense and 6 on defense. They are also loaded with confidence and momentum after going 6-0 straight up and 5-1 against the spread to end 2009.