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69 National Championship picks: Experts and computers predict Oregon over Ohio State

But by a slim margin, especially compared to the championship games of recent years.

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Oregon and Ohio State square off in the college football title game Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. College football writers and television analysts are weighing in with their picks, along with computer power rankings and simulations and such, and we've rounded them up for you here.

Oregon has the slight pundit advantage and is favored in Las Vegas by about a touchdown, but the split between the two teams is fairly even. This isn't one of those years with a massive favorite expected to blow out its opponent.

The Ducks' beatdown of Florida State and season of dominance made them the big favorite, but Ohio State's upset of Alabama, raw talent advantage, and coaching experience advantage make them a frequent pick, including among betting sharps, according to one sportsbook. Some computer formula ratings favor the Buckeyes as well.

Also, many of these picks were made before Oregon's surprise suspension loss of top receiver Darren Carrington.

Picking Oregon straight up

  1. Holly Anderson, Grantland
  2. Bryan Curtis, Grantland
  3. Billingsley Report computer rating
  4. Scout's
  5. Rob Dewolf, BuckeyeExtra
  6. Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports
  7. Dunkel Index computer rating
  8. Bud Elliott, SB Nation
  9. ESPN's Football Power Index computer rating
  11. Pat Forde, Yahoo!
  12. Football Outsiders' FEI computer rating
  13. David Fox, Athlon Sports
  14. James Franklin, Penn State head coach
  15. Steven Godfrey, SB Nation
  16. Spencer Hall, SB Nation
  17. Matt Hinton, Grantland
  18. Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch
  19. Danny Kanell, ESPN
  20. Jason Kirk, SB Nation
  21. Adam Kramer, Bleacher Report
  22. Mark May, ESPN
  23. The Massey ratings
  24. OddsShark's computer rating
  25. Ryan O'Hanlon, Grantland
  26. The Oregonian
  27. Jerry Palm, CBS Sports
  28. Brian Pedersen, Bleacher Report
  29. Brian Phillips, Grantland
  30. simulation
  31. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona head coach
  32. Mark Ross, Athlon Sports
  33. Chris Ryan, Grantland
  34. Dan Rubenstein, SB Nation (video above)
  35. Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report
  36. Jon Solomon, CBS Sports
  37. Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated
  38. Ray Stein, Columbus Dispatch
  39. Clay Travis, FOX Sports
  40. Pete Volk, SB Nation
  41. Michael Weinreb, Grantland
  42. WhatIfSports simulation

Picking Ohio State straight up

  1. Matt Borcas, Grantland
  2. Matt Brown, SB Nation
  3. Colley Matrix computer rating
  4. Bill Connelly, SB Nation
  5. Steve Coughlin, ESPN
  6. Chris Fallica, ESPN
  7. Michael Felder, Bleacher Report
  8. Football Outsiders' S&P+ computer rating
  9. Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports
  10. Joey Galloway, ESPN
  11. Jerry Hinnen, CBS Sports
  12. Brady Hoke, former Michigan head coach (he picked "Ohio")
  13. Lou Holtz, ESPN
  14. Bob Hunter, Columbus Dispatch
  15. KC Joyner, ESPN
  16. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame head coach
  17. Steven Lassan, Athlon Sports
  18. Mitch Light, Athlon Sports
  19. Tim May, Columbus Dispatch
  20. Most coaches, according to ESPN
  21. Rob Oller, Columbus Dispatch
  22. Chip Patterson, CBS Sports
  23. Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch
  24. Mallory Rubin, Grantland
  25. Jeff Sagarin's computer rating
  26. Andrew Sharp, Grantland
  27. Luke Zimmermann, SB Nation


Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, the only coach to face both Ohio State and Oregon this season

Accidental Oregon picks

Braxton Miller's Twitter account