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Friday's Figures: Ohio State Now Single-Digit Favorites over Hokies

Following the suspension to four Ohio State starters, oddsmakers quicky adjusted Week 1's contest with Virginia Tech

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And they say we must wait until autumn's breeze for chaos to ensue.

With all the mayhem surrounding the MLB trade deadline, the college football scene shattered social media once various outlets reported that Ohio State's Joey Bosa, Dontre Wilson, Corey Smith and Jalin Marshall were to be withheld from the Week 1 opener versus Virginia Tech due to violating Department of Athletics policy.

While the vast majority scampered around to relay the message, sportsbooks were also quick to act, as Ohio State, once hefty 16.5-point favorites over the Hokies, were quickly bumped down a whole touchdown in some outlets.

Given Frank Beamer upended Urban Meyer and handed the Buckeyes their lone blemish on a 2015 National Championship, the influx of maroon money should stretch quite a ways, given Ohio State will be short its Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year in Bosa, while Marshall, Wilson and Smith all racked up 20+ catches to go along with 250+ receiving yards.

But that's perhaps where value comes into play.

A boom quite like this will surely catch a rise for most 'average joes' who see the Buckeyes down four starters, but as the line continues to drop, don't be surprised if the smart guys pounce on Meyer's club, given the number dwindles down even further. This is high-caliber team with endless athleticism, so while short-handed, the Buckeye's still encompass five weeks to prepare for Va Tech.

Notes and Numbers

Aside from last year's victory over Ohio State, Frank Beamer is a dismal 0-7 against the spread the last seven openers versus FBS schools

Season Opponent Line End Result Margin of Loss (ATS)
2007 East Carolina VT -27.5 W, 17-7 -20.5
2008 East Carolina VT -9 L, 27-22 -14
2009 Alabama VT +6 L, 34-24 -4
2010 Boise State VT -1.5 L, 33-31 -3.5
2011 East Carolina VT -17.5 W, 17-10 -10.5
2012 Georgia Tech VT -7.5 W, 20-17 -4.5
2013 Alabama VT +21.5 L, 35-10 -3.5

Don't be so quick to jump the gun.