Ohio State Buckeyes a Rare Dog in Marquee Game Against Michigan

Written by:
Mary Montgomery
Published on:
Nov/24/2023

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.  

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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
+290
TreVeyon Henderson
+500
Marvin Harrison Jr.
+550
Roman Wilson
+850
Colston Loveland
+1100
Cade Stover
+1200
Emeka Egbuka
+1300
Cornelius Johnson
+1500
Any Other Player
+500
Donovan Edwards
+1800
Semaj Morgan
+2100
A.J. Barner
+2700
J.J. McCarthy
+2000
Michigan Defense
+3300
Ohio State Defense
+3300
Carnell Tate
+3500
Julian Fleming
+3500
Chip Trayanum
+6000
Dallan Hayden
+6500
Kyle McCord
+9500
No Touchdown Scorer
+10000

Head to Head

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

-141

-107

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

-130

-115

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

+108

-164

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

-141

-107

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

+139

-213

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

+350

-715

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

+330

-667

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

+141

-218

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

+305

-589

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

-141

-106

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

+106

-154

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

+149

-233

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

-385

+225

- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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