It doesn’t get much bigger than the #3 Michigan vs. #2 Ohio State game this Saturday.
The two rivals enter Columbus 11-0.
The Big Ten East title is at stake.
A playoff bid is likely at stake.
Michigan went on an 8-game losing streak against Ohio State in Ann Arbor last year, but the Wolverines haven’t won in Columbus since 2000.
Odds makers don’t expect that streak to end this weekend.
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Wolverines more than a TD underdog
According to the oddsmakers, the Wolverines are more than a touchdown underdog en route to Ohio State.
Most Michigan sportsbooks list Ohio State as a 7.5-point favorite against the Wolverines on Saturday.
For those wanting to know Michigan’s odds, DraftKings Sportsbook lists Michigan at +240 to win. This means that if Michigan wins the game outright, you would bet $100 to win another $240.
Ohio State is listed at -285 to win. That means if Ohio State wins outright, you have to wager $285 to win another $100.
The over/under total for Saturday’s game is given as 57 points by most sportsbooks.
Both teams are 11-0 overall this season. Michigan is 6-4-1 against the spread while Ohio State is 5-5-1 against the spread.
Despite recent struggles, Michigan still holds an all-time 59-51-6 record against the Buckeyes.
Corum’s Michigan Status Key
Michigan’s perfect season was in jeopardy against Illinois last weekend.
In the fourth quarter, the Wolverines trailed the Illini 17-10 and scored three field goals in the final quarter to prevail 19-17. That included a 35-yard field goal from Jake Moody in the closing seconds.
While Michigan prevailed, star running back Blake Corum suffered a knee injury that kept him from playing most of the second half.
Corum has rushed for 1,457 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. Oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook list Corum at +2000 to win the Heisman Trophy this season. Though the odds are high, he is third in the odds race with USC’s Caleb Williams (-130) and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud (+110).
Corum’s status for Saturday’s game is currently unknown. Michigan is keeping its cards close to the vest and not providing updates on the junior back.
Sophomore running back Donovan Edwards is also a question for Saturday’s game after sitting out last week’s competition with Illinois with an undisclosed injury. Edwards is averaging 6.7 yards per carry this season.
The running backs’ injuries are putting a lot of pressure on second quarterback JJ McCarthy.
McCarthy replaced Cade McNamara as starting quarterback this season and has thrown for 1,952 yards and 14 touchdowns in 11 games. While efficient, McCarthy hasn’t shown much evidence that he can lead Michigan’s offense to a win Saturday without a dominant running game.
Horse chestnuts survive the Maryland horror
Much like Michigan, Ohio state may have been caught looking ahead last Saturday.
The Buckeyes led Maryland by just three points late in the fourth quarter, but gained 10 points in the final minute of the game to win by two points, 43-30.
Ohio State is 11-0, but the Buckeyes are only 1-3 against the spread in their last four games and some are still wondering how they will stack up against the top teams in the country.
The OSU offense ranks second in the country in scoring (46.5 ppg) and ninth in total penalty (492.7 ypg). That should make for a big clash with Michigan’s defense. The Wolverines are second in goal defense (11.7 ppg) and nationally leading in total defense (241.3 ypg).
Ohio State brings a trio of capable backs to Saturday’s game. Miyan Williams leads with 783 yards and 13 touchdowns but he missed last week with a lower body injury. TreVeyon Henderson and Dallas Hayden have combined for over 1,000 yards on the ground.
CJ Stroud remains a top Heisman contender. He has thrown for 2,991 yards and 35 touchdowns with just four interceptions. In last year’s loss to Michigan, Stroud threw for 394 yards and two points.
Weather like the Wolverines on the road
Michigan is a big underdog on the road, but bettors like the Wolverines are keeping the game tight.
Of the bets placed on the game, 58 percent is on Michigan plus the points.
Saturday’s game will go a long way in determining the Big Ten champion. The winner will play next week’s title match against the winner of the struggling Big Ten West.
Michigan is currently listed at +300 to win the conference at DraftKings, but those odds will drop dramatically if the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes.
The win also improves the team’s college football playoff odds significantly. Michigan is listed at +150 to make the playoffs at DraftKings while Ohio State is at -750.
Michigan is +1000 to win the national championship, but again, those odds will drop should the Wolverines lead the Buckeyes on Saturday.
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