By Mickey Lehrer
The undefeated Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes are underdogs heading into the College Football Playoff.
No. 3 Clemson opened as a 2-point favorite over No. 2 Ohio State at Caesars Sportsbook. The Tigers and Buckeyes will face off Dec. 28 in the Fiesta Bowl in the second semifinal.
No. 1 LSU opened as a 10-point favorite over No. 4 Oklahoma in the other semifinal. LSU and the Sooners play Dec. 28 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Ohio State went from a potential double-digit favorite over Oklahoma to an underdog with the CFP selection committee’s decision to move LSU past the Buckeyes and into the No. 1 seed. Caesars Sportsbook oddsmakers were considering making Ohio State an 11.5-point favorite over Oklahoma. Instead, the Buckeyes are underdogs for the first time this season.
The favored team has won nine of 15 CFP games.