The BCS National Championship is down to three teams with Notre Dame securing its spot in the title game after posting a perfect 12-0 SU record, and Alabama and Georgia duking it out for the SEC crown and the other slot in the BCS Championship this weekend.
Sportsbooks have already posted spreads for the two possible national title matchups, with Alabama set as a 9-point favorite over Notre Dame and Georgia giving a field goal to the Irish if they met on January 7.
The SEC, however, may not have had a dog in the fight if not for the postseason ban handed down to Ohio State. The Buckeyes, who are locked out of the Big Ten title game and bowl season thanks to NCAA violations, finished the season unblemished at 12-0 SU and many have them as the true No. 1 team in the nation.
We asked John Avello, sportsbook director at the Wynn in Las Vegas, what Ohio State’s odds would be if they met the three BCS contenders for the national title in Miami.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Spread: Notre Dame -4
“I understand Ohio State is undefeated but Notre Dame is the No. 1 team in the country and they handled (Big Ten) teams liked Michigan State, Michigan, and Purdue,” Avello told Covers.
“Notre Dame would be played over (Ohio State), and I could see (the spread) going much higher than that,” he adds. “Last weekend, against USC, we couldn’t have any more money on Notre Dame, and they were playing at USC.”
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Spread: Alabama -13.5
“Alabama would destroy them. They really would,” says Avello. “You’re probably looking at a couple touchdowns. It’s hard to believe but that’s what you’re looking at.”
“Ohio State might not even score against Alabama,” he adds.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Spread: Georgia -6.5
“This one would probably be around a touchdown,” says Avello. “I could see it opening up a bit.”
“Georgia’s defense has been playing magnificently lately,” he says. “With a team like Alabama, if you score 21 points on Alabama, they’re in trouble. Georgia, on the other hand, will score with anyone and can score on anyone.”