Buckeyes Open as 9-Point Favorites Over Michigan

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Ohio State has opened as a 9-point favorite in next weekend’s game at Michigan.

The Golden Gate sportsbook in Las Vegas has released their lines for next weekend and they have installed the Buckeyes as a sizable favorite, but perhaps not as sizable as some has presumed.

Back in the summer, several sportsbooks released lines for the “games of the year” and the Wolverines could be found at that time as favorites by 2.5 to 3 points against the Buckeyes.

Things have changed since then, however.

Ohio State has already secured the Big Ten East championship and will play in the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis the week after The Game. Michigan, meanwhile, has suffered losses to Wisconsin and Penn State — two teams beaten by Ohio State by a combined score of 66-24.

The Wolverines are 9-2 on the season and 6-2 in conference play.

This is the first time all season that the Buckeyes have been less than a double-digit favorite. Ohio State is 8-3 against the spread this season, with the last two weeks being their only games this year where they haven’t covered since the season opener against Florida Atlantic.

Michigan, on the other hand, is 5-0 against the line in their last five games.

The Buckeyes are favored in this game for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings with the Wolverines.

Michigan was a 3.5-point favorite in last year’s matchup, which was won by Ohio State 62-39.

The over/under for this game is 55.5.

The over has been a winning bet in the last six meetings.

5 Responses

  1. This game was dominated by the Buckeyes. Just take away the mistakes and this is a very ugly one for Penn State. The lions played well in this one in bits and pieces but they were given 10 points. TTUN better hope that the mistakes continue but they won’t. GO BUCKS! Oh, can we get a hold call for Chase!

  2. The reason for the sudden lack of betting confidence in the Buckeyes is pretty plain. A less than pretty win against Rutgers and a shit show offensive game plan against PSU. Pressure forces the cream to rise. While the talent is certainly there, it looked for all the world as though the Offensive Staff concocted a frightened game plan for the past 2 weeks. The odd thing about that pressure. As the cream rises, it exposes the bitter dregs.

    1. The Bucks played one of the best defenses in the country and if it wasn’t for some inopportune fumbles we would have beaten P. State by a lot more. I think the game plan was a good plan. I don’t see your observation. Fields had no time to pass because of a great pass rush. They had to run the ball and they ran it down their throats.

      1. Wisconsin’s defense was better and tougher. Rewatch the game I can hear Coach Bruce calling up the pressbox to see why Jim Tressel was running the same play over and over and over and over.

        Lets pray that the reason Coach Day became afraid to light up a TERRIBLE pass defense isn’t because he doesn’t have any faith in his offensive line. PSU has a good defensive front, but, watching them Saturday and in their other games, I’ll turn to next week and forget all about them. They’re nowhere near special enough to remember. Take away Micah Parsons and that defense isn’t better than top 8 in the Big 10.

        Come on man, you think running at the only strength of that defense was a good, let alone a smart game plan? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Rutgers throws for 300 yards against them.

      2. Fields had no time to pass because the unpredictable (who’d have thunk JK would have 30 plus carries?) run-first gameplan wasn’t working and that, along with penalties and sloppy conditions/play was placing us in predictable passing situations (2nd and Long, 3rd and Long…) where they could play zone on the back end and pin their ears back on the front end. At some point we, the Buckeye faithful were expecting some quick adjustments and they never came.

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