Why Ohio State Is the Best-Value Bet in 2014 College Football Season

The season-ending shoulder injury—or, the re-injuring of said shoulder, if you will—to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller already projects to have major championship effects.

From the moment that Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch first reported the news Monday, Ohio State’s Big Ten and national-championship picture got fuzzier.

As it turned out, the concern expressed by Haney wasn’t a matter of creating a storyline through hyperbole.

According to Las Vegas SuperBook, the Buckeyes have dropped to 50-1 odds to win the College Football Playoff (h/t Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com). For reference, Ohio State was listed at 12-1 by the same oddsmakers to win it all before Miller was officially ruled out for the year.

Now is actually a good time to consider buying stock in Ohio State’s championship odds.

Miller’s injury is more devastating to him than it is to Ohio State. You simply have to feel awful for a guy whose season is over before it begins.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Braxton and his family,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. “This is an unfortunate injury to a young man who means so much to this program and to Buckeye nation.”

True, you can’t understate the importance of Miller’s injury. Good quarterbacks, especially ones who can pick up yards with their feet, are nearly impossible to account for and can mask a lot of deficiencies. As B/R’s Ohio State lead writer Ben…

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