Ohio State isn't often an underdog when it takes the field, and the Buckeyes seem to be embracing the fact that defending national champion Georgia is a betting favorite to beat them in Saturday's College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The No. 1 Bulldogs opened as 6 ½-point favorites, according to Caesars Sportsbook, and the line hasn't budged. It's the first time No. 4 Ohio State has been an underdog since a 52-24 loss to Alabama in the CFP National Championship after the 2020 season. The Buckeyes were 9 ½-point underdogs in that game but then were favored in each of their 25 contests since.
"I do feel like people are counting us out, but that's fine," Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud said during a news conference on Tuesday. "We've been counted out plenty of times ... This isn't nothing new. I definitely think this is the path that God wanted us on and I'm just rocking with that. If that means we're the underdog, I'm cool with it."
The Buckeyes were 9-point favorites in their last game -- an ugly 45-23 loss to rival Michigan at home at the Horseshoe on Nov. 26.