Four Buckeyes opt out of Rose Bowl

The Buckeyes will be without star WRs Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson against Utah in the Rose Bowl.

Four Ohio State starters announced Monday that they’re opting out of the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl showdown against Utah on New Year’s Day.

Wide receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere and defensive lineman Haskell Garrett won’t be in uniform against the Utes, who bring a six-game winning streak to Pasadena.

Wilson played in 11 of 12 games this season, hauling in 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 TDs. He also added 76 rushing yards and one TD on just four attempts. Wilson earned first-team All-American honors from the FWAA.

In only eight games as a true sophomore in 2020, Wilson caught 43 balls for 723 yards and six TDs. He garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors.

ESPN’s NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has Wilson ranked as the third-best WR in the 2022 class. ESPN’s Todd McShay has him coming off the board at No. 20 in the first round of his latest mock draft.

Olave had 65 catches for 936 yards and 13 TDs this year. He became the Buckeyes’ all-time leader in career TD receptions with 35.

In 38 career games across four seasons, Olave had 175 receptions for 2,702 yards. Kiper has Olave listed as the fifth-best WR in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Garrett earned first-team All-American honors from CBS Sports and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. The fifth-year senior DT produced 22 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one blocked kick, one pass broken up and one fumble recovery that he returned 32 yards for a touchdown.

Garrett finished his career at Ohio St. with 62 tackles, 13.5 TFL’s, 7.5 sacks, three PBU, two fumble recoveries and one interception.

The FWAA and CBS Sports named Petit-Frere a first-team All-American.

Before these players opted out late Monday, most betting shops had the Buckeyes listed as 6.5-point favorites yesterday afternoon. Since then, most spots have moved Ohio St. to a 4.5-point ‘chalk.’

Circa has Ryan Day’s team at -4, while PointsBet has the Buckeyes at -4 with a -115 price. The total has dipped from 66 down to 64 points. The Utes went from around +200 on the money line down into the +160 to +175 range.

Ohio St. (10-2 straight up, 6-5-1 against the spread) was a double-digit favorite in its first 11 games this year. In their lone single-digit ‘chalk’ role, the Buckeyes lost 42-27 at Michigan as 6.5-point favorites.

Utah (10-3 SU, 6-7 ATS) has only been an underdog once this year, winning 42-26 at USC as a three-point ‘dog on Oct. 9. This is the Utes’ highest total of the season. They’ve seen the ‘under’ cash in three consecutive games.

These teams collide at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on New Year’s Day.

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