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College Football Betting Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Ohio St Buckeyes

November 25, 2023

One of the best rivalries in college football will take place on Saturday afternoon and will feature two Top 4 teams in the College Football Playoff rankings when the 2nd-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan to face the 3rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State with the game scheduled to start at 12:00 PM ET and will air on Fox in week 13 of the college football season.

Ohio State has been one of the best teams in college football this season as they enter this game with the 2nd ranked scoring defense and one of the most explosive offenses as they are allowing an average of 9.27 points per game while averaging 33.64 points per game. The Buckeyes enter this game tied with Michigan for 1st place in the Big Ten East with a record of 11-0 which includes a record of 8-0 in the Big Ten Conference. The offensive success this season can be attributed to their top playmaker, Marvin Harrison Jr., who enters this game with 62 receptions for 1,093 yards and 13 touchdowns which will also likely get him an invite to the 2023 Heisman Trophy Ceremony. However, the Buckeyes will be going against the best scoring defense in college football and a team they have lost two years in a row against when they travel to face their heated rivals, the Michigan Wolverines, in week 13 of the college football season.

The Michigan Wolverines have only lost one game in the two two seasons which came last year in the College Football playoffs, however, they have had a lot of scrutiny this season as Jim Harbaugh was suspended for three games at the beginning of the season for a recruiting violation while being suspended the final three games of the regular season stemming from alleged sign stealing. The Wolverines are 11-0 this season and will be looking to make it back to the Big Ten Championship for the 3rd season in a row this year and have been led by the best scoring defense in college football as they are allowing an average of 9 points per game while also having one of the best-rushing offenses this season which can be attributed to Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards who have combined for 1,211 yards and 23 touchdowns. The Wolverines will be looking to extend their winning streak to three games in a row against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon.

BookMaker has the Michigan Wolverines listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon in week 13 of the college football season. Ohio State has won eight of the last ten while Michigan has won two of the last three meetings. The Wolverines are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Ohio State Buckeyes are 7-3-1 ATS overall, 2-2-1 ATS on the road, and 6-2 ATS in conference games this season while the Michigan Wolverines are 5-5-1 ATS overall, 1-4-1 ATS at home, 5-5-1 ATS as a favorite, and 5-2-1 ATS in conference games on the year.

The Michigan Wolverines may have won the last two games in the series, however, Ohio State has dominated the Wolverines for the last ten games as they have won eight of the last ten games in the series. Michigan is also dealing with distractions off the field and won’t have their coach for this game and I think that will be too much for them to overcome in this matchup which is why I am taking the moneyline for the Ohio State Buckeyes at +149 when they face the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday afternoon.

Spooky Express Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes Moneyline (+149)