For the first time since 2004, the Wolverines will come into Columbus and they won’t be the underdogs.
The opening lines for next weekend’s college football slate have been released and Michigan has been installed as a 3.5-point favorite over Ohio State.
Of course, the last time Michigan entered Ohio State as favorites, they left with a 37-21 loss tattooed across their winged foreheads.
The Wolverines were also favored in 1994 in Ohio Stadium, but the Buckeyes stifled Michigan all game long for a 22-6 win that year as well, which was the first over the Maize and Blue for then-head coach John Cooper.
The last time Ohio State was an underdog at home to anybody was 2011 against No. 12 Wisconsin. The Badgers were favored by 7.5-points over Luke Fickell’s Buckeyes. Led by freshmen Braxton Miller and Devin Smith, the Buckeyes came away with a miraculous 33-29 win over the Russell Wilson-led Wisconsin squad.
So while the most-important number to know in this story is the 3.5 points that Michigan is favored by this Saturday, the other numbers to know are the Buckeyes’ record at home the last two times Michigan was favored: 2-0, and the last time they were an underdog at home to anybody: 1-0.