When the 2006 BCS Game odds came out it showed Ohio State as a big favorite to take the title home over Florida. A lot of people where hoping that Michigan would get another shot at Ohio State, but Florida jumped ahead of the Wolverines by the slimmest margin in BCS history and get to take their shot at the Buckeyes.
Florida played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, battling through the difficult SEC conference before being crowned the champion. They last played in the national title game back in 1997 under Steve Spurrier, a 52-20 win over Florida State that gave the school their first and only national championship.
Ohio State has a couple of the best players in the nation in Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. They last made it to the national title game in 2003, when they beat the Hurricanes 31-24 in double overtime. That marked the first national title for Ohio State since the 1968 season. The tough offense with other weapons like Pittman and Gonzalez will face a tough test in Florida’s defense. The Gators held Darren McFadden 50 yards below his season average in the SEC title game. However, the Buckeye defense isn’t full of slouchers either and they will have the task of stopping Chris Leak, DeShawn Wynn, Tim Tebow, and Percy Harvey. The team averaged 29 ppg and nearly 400 ypg, but the Buckeyes are only giving up 273 ypg and 10.4 ppg, which ranked 2nd in the nation. Head Coach Jim Tressel is 4-1 in bowl games at Ohio State.
What a game this is going to be, but a win by Florida will throw a new debate in the mix if Michigan can handle USC. If Ohio State wins they are the clear national champion and will deserve the accolades they will get, but this should be an exciting game with two teams that have boat loads of talent.
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2006 BCS Game Odds:
Florida +7.5 -109 at Pinnacle
Ohio State -7.5 -101 at Pinnacle
OVER 46.5 at VIP
UNDER 47 at BetCris