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Ohio State National Title Odds Improve After Justin Fields’ Eligibility Ruling

Feb 09, 2019 9:50 PM EST
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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Justin Fields

  • Justin Fields was ruled eligible by the NCAA on Friday, improving Ohio State's national odds from 12-1 to 8-1.

Sportsbooks like Ohio State’s national title chances a little better after Friday.

Justin Fields, the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2018, was granted a waiver by the NCAA and is eligible to play this fall after transferring from Georgia.

Ohio State’s national title odds at Westgate in Las Vegas went from 12-1 to 8-1 as a result.

Fields played in 12 games for Georgia last fall while backing up sophomore Jake Fromm, but only threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns while adding 266 yards and four scores on the ground.

The only real competition for Fields to win the Buckeyes’ job is Matthew Baldwin, a 4-star quarterback in the Class of 2018. Last season’s backup, Tate Martell, transferred to Miami, and starter Dwayne Haskins left early for the NFL Draft.

The NCAA didn’t give a specific reason for Fields’ ruling, but his argument for immediate eligibility centered on a Georgia baseball player who made a racist remark toward Fields in September.

Fields is the highest-rated recruit to ever play for Ohio State and finished No. 2 in the 247 Sports Composite Rankings in the 2018 class behind only Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Here are the rest of Westgate’s national title odds.

2019 National Championship Futures Odds

As of Feb. 8. All teams under 100-1 listed.

Clemson 2-1
Alabama 5-2
Ohio State 8-1
Georgia 8-1
Michigan 14-1
Oklahoma 18-1
Texas 25-1
Nebraska 30-1
Washington 30-1
Florida 30-1
Notre Dame 30-1
Oregon 30-1
Texas A&M 40-1
Wisconsin 60-1
LSU 60-1
Auburn 60-1

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