On January 1, 2019 the Washington Huskies will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes for the Rose Bowl game. The 2018 college football regular season has come to an end. Ohio State and Washington Huskies have finished well enough to compete in the Rose Bowl. The Ohio State Buckeyes were ranked number 5 and the Washington Huskies were ranked number 9 in the Coaches Poll. The Rose Bowl will take place in January of 2019 and it will be the 105th edition of this event. The game will take place at 5 pm on ESPN in Pasadena, California.
Why the Washington Huskies will Beat Ohio State University
The Huskies are a slight underdog in this game. Vegas sees this team being defeated by a mere few points. However, this might not be the case. Ohio State’s defense is one of the worse in the nation. When Nick Bosa left the squad after an injury to prepare for the NFL; Ohio State’s defense went south. The Huskies should not have a hard time exploiting this weakness. Washington is one of the best college football teams in the country in terms of its defense and if they can keep Ohio State contained then they should have no problem shutting the Buckeyes down. Of course, this is easier said than done.
The Huskies have a great quarterback in Jake Browning. His numbers are not as great as Dwayne Haskins but he is very proficient and he has reliable weapons to use to make plays and more importantly, to score points. The Huskies can utilize both the passing and running game to get the ball moving and they will apply a lot of pressure to the Buckeyes on defense as well as offense. If the Huskies can consistently keep the Buckeyes to 3 and out and consistently get the ball into the end zone they can pull off the upset and knock off Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are favored to win for a Good Reason
The Ohio State Buckeyes are favored to win this match up by Vegas. The coaching of Urban Meyer is one reason why they are expected to win and also the play making ability of Dwayne Haskins is the another reason. The Buckeyes had a terrible season despite ending their season at 12 – 1. This might seem like a strange thing to say, but the fact is the Ohio State Buckeyes is a top tier team that is expected to do a lot of great things every season. However, the 2018 season was a big struggle for the team despite being so victorious.
The point is that no one should count out the Buckeyes. This team has the ability to overcome problems and win. They will give the Huskies a run for their money on offense. This in turn will mitigate any problems that the defense is experience. Remember, it’s the Buckeye’s offense that wins games and it wins games big. Quarterback Dewayne Haskins has thrown over 4,000 yard this season alone and this should tell you something. He is a good quarterback who can get the job done. Vega picked OSU to win this match-up for very good reasons.