With a possible berth in the Big Ten championship game riding on the line, the eighth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will look to get back in the win column after suffering their first loss of the NCAA Football betting season last Saturday. The 10th-ranked Michigan Wolverines will look to extend their own winning ways and pull off the big upset over their longtime Big Ten rivals when they square off in a huge Week 13 Big Ten battle at Michigan Stadium on Saturday. Now, let’s find out who’s going to bring home the bacon in this expected thriller.
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How To Bet The Wolverines vs Buckeyes NCAAF Odds & Game Info
When: Saturday, November 28, 12:00 PM ET
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
NCAAF Odds: Michigan -1
Betting on the Michigan Wolverines (9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS)
Michigan has won four straight and spanked Penn State 28-16 last weekend to cash in as a 3.5-point road favorite as quarterback Jake Rudock completed 25 of 38 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The graduate senior will face an Ohio State defense that ranks second in the nation in points allowed (14.1). Head coach Jim Harbaugh went on record to praise his signal-caller, who teammates call “dad.” “Tough as a $2 steak doesn’t do it real justice,” Harbaugh said. “He has been a godsend for our football team.”
The Wolverines limited Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg to 137 passing yards in the win while holding the Nittany Lions to just 70 rushing yards. “Beating Ohio State,” Harbaugh said. “That’s our mindset.”
Betting on the Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1 SU, 4-7 ATS)
The Buckeyes are coming off a narrow 17-14 loss against hated rival Michigan State that wasn’t really as close as the score indicates. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was limited to 9-for-16 passing for just 46 yards while running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for just 33 yards on 12 carries and the Buckeyes never came close to covering the spread as a 14.5-point home favorite. After the loss, Elliott criticized the team’s coaching staff and play-calling. Head coach Urban Meyer didn’t disagree with his star running back.
“It’s sealed, as far as our team and the team room is concerned in the locker room,” Meyer said. “That kid you’re talking about, he’s one of my favorite of all times. He’s good to go. And we’re going to do our best to get ready to play this week.” The Buckeyes lost the game despite going up against two backup quarterbacks for the Spartans.
My Expert Buckeyes vs Wolverines Game Analysis, Pick and Prediction
I have no idea who the 52 percent of public bettors are that like the Michigan Wolverines to win this contest, but what I do know is that Ohio State will not lose it! I fully expect the Buckeyes to bounce back with a renewed effort in this contest after suffering their first loss of the season last Saturday. Ohio State has the ‘better’ and more dangerous quarterback in this contest and clearly the best running back in Zeke Elliott. I believe Urban Meyer is going to run his Heisman Trophy candidate running back early and often while forcing the Wolverines and Jake Rudock into at least one costly turnover.
The Buckeyes are 24-9-1 ATS in their last 34 games following an SU loss and 39-16-1 ATS in their last 56 road games. Michigan is just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an SU win and 2-6 ATS in their last eight meetings against the Buckeyes overall. I know the Wolverines are 4-2 ATS in its last six home games, but Ohio State has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five road dates against them. I know Jim Harbaugh wasn’t around for any of those dismal trends, but I don’t think it will matter much. Ohio State has the big edge in experience and talent and they’ll win outright!
My Betting Pick: Ohio State 20 Michigan 14