Ohio State Buckeyes a Rare Dog in Marquee Game Against Michigan

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Mary Montgomery
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You've waited long enough.  It's the Game of the Year with critical playoff implications.  The Ohio State Buckeyes will play in Michigan as a +3.5 dog.  


What's at Stake?

This could potentially be the single most important season in the storied history of this bitter rivalry as both teams enter play undefeated at 11-0 Straight Up.

Ohio State is 6-4 Against The Spread and Michigan is 5-5-1 ATS.  Head to head, the Wolverines won the last two but Ohio State were victorious in the prior ten meetings.

Ohio State has gone 2-3 Straight Up since 2017 as an underdog.  As a home favorite Michigan is 32-2 Straight Up since 2018. 

This one is also the biggest or most consequential in the history of the 118-game rivalry is a stretch for another reason.  Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is suspended in a sign-stealing scandal that many Wolverines fans believe Ohio State is to blame for.

"People in Michigan think Ohio State is behind it, but what facts do they have? They don't. On the other side, Ohio State is trying to diminish what Michigan has done the last two years by saying Michigan cheated," former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson said in an interview with the AP ahead of Saturday's big game. "There are just a lot of insults being hurled back and forth as there always have been — and sometimes blows."

Action and Line Monitoring

There hasn't been a whole lot in the way of any line movement.  BetOnline has kept this one at Michigan -3.5 all week.

We get a number of 2.63.  The line opened at -4 so one can argue that there was a bit of an overlay here and, in that line range of 3/3/5 without going under the 3, this has tended to be more favorable towards the dog at around an 81% clip. The action was pretty lopsided going the Buckeyes way at 70% overnight Friday. With the line not moving down off the 3.5, this makes Michigan all the more enticing. 

Ohio State vs. Michigan Player and Team Prop Bets

J.J. McCarthy was listed with a total Over/Under of 201.5 passing yards while Kyle McCord came in at 234.5.

First Touchdown Odds

Blake Corum
TreVeyon Henderson
Marvin Harrison Jr.
Roman Wilson
Colston Loveland
Cade Stover
Emeka Egbuka
Cornelius Johnson
Any Other Player
Donovan Edwards
Semaj Morgan
A.J. Barner
J.J. McCarthy
Michigan Defense
Ohio State Defense
Carnell Tate
Julian Fleming
Chip Trayanum
Dallan Hayden
Kyle McCord
No Touchdown Scorer

Head to Head

Most Rushing Yards: Blake Corum (MICH) vs TreVeyon Henderson (OSU)



Most Receiving Yards: Cade Stover (OSU) vs Colston Loveland (MICH)



Most Receiving Yards: Cade Stover (OSU) vs Roman Wilson (MICH)



Most Receiving Yards: Cade Stover (OSU) vs Cornelius Johnson (MICH)



Most Receiving Yards: Colston Loveland (MICH) vs Emeka Egbuka (OSU)



Most Receiving Yards: Colston Loveland (MICH) vs Marvin Harrison Jr. (OSU)



Most Receiving Yards: Cornelius Johnson (MICH) vs Marvin Harrison Jr. (OSU)



Most Receiving Yards: Cornelius Johnson (MICH) vs Emeka Egbuka (OSU)



Most Rushing Yards: Donovan Edwards (MICH) vs TreVeyon Henderson (OSU)



Most Receiving Yards: Emeka Egbuka (OSU) vs Roman Wilson (MICH)



Most Passing TDs: J.J. McCarthy (MICH) vs Kyle McCord (OSU)



Most Passing Yards: J.J. McCarthy (MICH) vs Kyle McCord (OSU)



Most Receiving Yards: Marvin Harrison Jr. (OSU) vs Roman Wilson (MICH)



- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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