It’ll be a big game in The Big House this weekend as the Ohio State Buckeyes visit the Michigan Wolverines. Kickoff is set for noon EST on Saturday, November 25 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The game will be nationally televised on Fox.
The Buckeyes are listed as 11.5-point road favorites. That number is up after Ohio State opened as 10-point favorites. The over/under is set at 51 points. Click here for a full list of Week 13 betting odds and links to game previews.
Ohio State vs Michigan Game Preview & Betting Odds
Ohio State has already clinched the Big Ten East division and is set to play Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game next week. However, the Buckeyes are still holding out hope that they can sneak into the top-4 of the College Football Playoff rankings. Obviously, the 9-2 Buckeyes will need plenty of help to make that happen. But first and foremost, they need to beat both Michigan and Wisconsin.
The Wolverines, meanwhile, have nothing left to play for except the chance to go to a better bowl game. Of course, the chance to beat Ohio State is all the motivation they should need. Michigan has suffered five straight losses to Ohio State, with just one win against the Buckeyes in the last 13 years. Jim Harbaugh’s team would certainly like to start changing the tide in this rivalry.
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Ohio State has responded to their loss to Iowa a couple weeks ago by winning in blowout fashion the past two weeks. They annihilated Michigan State a couple weeks ago, and I can see them doing something similar to Michigan this week. I’ll swallow the points and lean toward the Buckeyes to win going away.
Right now, Michigan is a mess offensively. That’s the biggest reason why I can envision a blowout in Ohio State’s favor. The Wolverines couldn’t get anything going offensively last week against Wisconsin. They averaged less than 2 yards per carry on the ground and had less than 200 yards passing the ball. To be fair, it came on the road against Wisconsin. But Ohio State’s defense may be even better than Wisconsin’s defense.
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There’s also great uncertainty regarding the quarterback position. Brandon Peters, who’s been solid if unspectacular since becoming the starter, is currently in concussion protocol. With Wilton Speight not yet cleared to return from injury, the Wolverines may be forced to start John O’Korn against Ohio State. O’Korn was 2 for 8 against Wisconsin last week. He also has just one touchdown and five interceptions on the season.
If O’Korn is the starter on Saturday, it could be a long day for Michigan. Ohio State’s defense has been locked in the last two weeks, giving up 300 total yards over the last two games. Even if Peters is able to make it back, I’m not sure if the Wolverines will be able to generate much offense against the Buckeyes.
On the other side of the ball, the Michigan defense will have its hands full with J.T. Barrett and company. To be fair, the Michigan defense may be able to hold their own. But if they don’t get any support from the offense, it’ll only be a matter of time until the Buckeyes impose their will on the Wolverines. Ohio State poses a much greater challenge offensively than Wisconsin did last week.
Having home-field advantage should help Michigan early in this game, but it’ll only do so much. Ohio State won’t be overlooking the Wolverines, and at a certain point, they’ll be too much for Michigan to handle. I can see this scoreline getting ugly, as I feel good about the Buckeyes being able to cover 11.5 points.