- Michigan and Ohio State both enter Saturday’s matchup undefeated
- The Buckeyes are 7.5-point favorites in the Michigan vs Ohio State odds
- Read below for our best college football betting pick for ‘THE GAME’
This Big 10 matchup takes place in Columbus, Ohio, and has massive implications for the Big Ten Championship, and better yet, keeping a College Football Playoff berth alive. Both teams lead the nation in average margin of victory, winning by over 27.5 points per game. The Buckeyes play host at The Shoe on Saturday, November 26th, at noon EST. Now let’s take a look at the Michigan vs Ohio State odds.
Michigan vs Ohio State Odds
|O 56 (-110)
|U 56 (-110)
Odds courtesy of BetMGM!
Michigan sports betting markets opened this game at odds as long as Ohio State -8.5, but that was quickly bet down to the number we have now. It’s been bouncing between 7.5 and 8 for most of the week. The total is down from it’s opening at 57.5, both these teams actually rank outside the top-100 in seconds per play. That could be an indication as to why this line has moved.
Though fans in the Buckeye State won’t be able to place a wager on this game, a win here could mean they’ll still get the chance to this season! Ohio sports betting is set to launch on January 1, 2022! You can still pre-register at BetMGM Ohio and claim $200 in free bets!
Michigan Wolverines Betting Outlook
Michigan enters Saturday’s matchup versus Ohio State as underdogs for the first time all season. The Wolverines averaged a spread of 26 points in all eleven games played so far.
Michigan ranks number one in the nation in points and yards allowed per game. The Wolverine’s Defense has only allowed 11.7 points and 241.3 yards per game this season. 20% of their points allowed coming against Maryland.
Maryland scored 27 points against this Michigan defense. Maryland was able to put together three 75-yard drives, averaging 12 plays and 4 minutes and 30 seconds per drive.
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One of the most popular keys to victory being discussed revolves around the idea that Michigan needs to own the time of possession battle. But I don’t believe this is entirely true, Michigan OWNED the time of possession battle last week versus Illinois, and as we saw, Michigan barely pulled out the win with a last second field goal.
Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Outlook
Ohio State has put together another historic season behind Head Coach, Ryan Day. Day has led the Buckeyes to a 41-4 record since taking over for Urban Meyer.
This includes a 31-1 record versus Big Ten opponents. Ohio State looks to keep this streak alive when Michigan visits them at home this weekend.
Ohio State is led by Heisman hopeful, C.J Stroud. Stroud averages 280 yards and 3 touchdowns per game while only throwing four interceptions on the season.
Even though Stroud is the leader of this offense, the Buckeyes own a very balanced offense, rushing for 200 yards per game on top of their lethal passing attack.
Michigan vs Ohio State Pick & Prediction
Wolverines: Michigan will need to focus on sustaining long effective drives on offense, when they are able to keep the Ohio State offense off the field, they have a much better chance at winning this game. If Michigan is not able to keep the Ohio State offense off the field, their defense will tire out faster than ever before and fall behind.
- Michigan is ranked third in the nation in time of possession, meaning their defense hasn’t had to spend much time on the field this season.
- This margin is what allowed Michigan to be so successful this year, essentially tiring out opposing defenses till they break.
Buckeyes: Ohio State will be successful if they are able to establish a balanced attack on offense. Issues arise for opposing defenses because of the threat that their running game holds when focusing heavily on stopping the arm of Stroud.
Dropping 5 to 6 guys into coverage opens up the ability for Ohio State to beat you via the run. Then once you load the box, Stroud throws it over the top. It is a lose-lose situation for any defensive coordinator.
Pick: Ohio State -7.5 (-110) 1 unit at BetMGM Sportsbook