At the beginning of the season Michigan was derided for its inability to defeat its top rivals. On the whole the Ohio State has owned the Wolverines since 2004. Since then Michigan has just one solitary win over the Buckeyes. And that was when the Scarlet and Gray had an interim head coach in 2011. In fact, Michigan has not scored an NCAA Football betting straight up win at Ohio State since 2000. But there is a sense that this may be the year all of that ends. In the same way the Buckeyes seem to be falling fast.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Date and Time: Saturday, November 24, 2018, noon ET
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
NCAA Football Betting Odds at SBG:
|Michigan||-4 (-110)||57 (-110)|
|Ohio State||+4 (-110)||40½ (-110)|
Michigan vs. Ohio State TV Coverage: FOX
While both Michigan and Ohio State boast 10-1 records from there, the similarities end. The Wolverines have paid in six games compared to four covers for OSU. Additionally, there is a profound difference in the defensive abilities of these ancient rivals. Michigan has the top ranked defense in the land. Contrarily the Buckeyes rank a subpar 70th nationally for defense. The winner of this game goes to the Big Ten Championship next Saturday.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Last week Ohio State barely escaped Maryland with a 52-51 overtime win. The Terrapins blew a two-point conversion by missing a wide-open pass to lose the game. Extending that is the way the Buckeyes defense was rendered helpless. Indeed, they could not stop Maryland no matter what was tried. In like manner head coach Urban Meyer was distraught throughout the game. Meyer was often bent over in anguish even as his team was meeting and planning. More emphatically it was a bad look that appeared to be a ticking time bomb.
Important Names on the Field
Michigan is a well-balanced team that has finally found a ground game. Indeed, Karan Higdon has rushed for 1106 yards and 5.3 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns. And quarterback Shea Patterson has proven to be the long-sought answer at that position.
Stats to Consider
Michigan has been a subpar NCAA Football Betting value on the road under Jim Harbaugh. To begin with the Maize and Blue has paid in just two of their last eight games away from home. Five of their last six road tilts have gone under the total. Balanced against that is the red ink gushed by Ohio State at home. The Buckeyes have gotten the money in just six of their last 17 games at the Horseshoe. Four of their last five home tilts have gone under the total.
Team vs. Team
Michigan has been the superior online wagering value in this series despite OSU’s straight up dominance. For example, the Wolverines have covered four of their last five against Ohio State. And the last five meetings have gone over the total. So too has Michigan come away with the cash in their last two visits to the Horseshoe. Both of those games went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
Of major concern is the defensive disparity in this matchup. Michigan brings a huge NCAA Football Betting advantage with their stop unit. Simultaneously the Buckeyes defense is not championship caliber.
Michigan vs. Ohio State NCAA Football Betting
To conclude this looks like Michigan’s year to finally crack the Buck nuts.
Michigan vs. Ohio State NCAA Football Betting Pick: Michigan Wolverines
Michigan vs. Ohio State NCAA Football Betting Score Prediction: Wolverines 31, Buckeyes 17
Catch highlights of Michigan’s win over Indiana last week.