Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines Odds & Free Pick ATS
It's the Big Game of the year in the Big Ten Conference when Ohio State battles Michigan for big stakes Saturday afternoon at the Big House in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes sit at No. 2 in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, the Wolverines at No. 5. So the winner of this game will remain in the hunt for a spot in the CFP while the loser will be eliminated.
Ohio State, which owns an eight-game winning streak in this rivalry, is lined as an eight-point road favorite for this one. Which way are we going here with our free college football betting pick?
Ohio State-Michigan Betting Odds
This week's college football betting lines opened OSU at around -7 over UM, with an over/under of around 64. Early betting action then bumped the Buckeyes to -8.
Ohio State Betting Preview
The Buckeyes ride a nine-game winning streak into Saturday, after administrating a serious dose of reality to Michigan State last week 56-7. Ohio State scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions of the game, led 49-0 at the half, and cruise-controlled it from there for the victory and the easy cover as a 20-point favorite.
The Buckeyes racked up 665 yards of total offense while holding the Spartans to just 224 and dominated the time of possession by a 38:22 split.
Ohio State has now out-gained each of its 11 opponents this season, most by large margins. The Buckeyes are also 6-2 ATS their last eight times out, even while favored by 20 points on a regular basis.
Michigan Betting Preview
The Wolverines, meanwhile, are 3-0, both SU and ATS their last three times out after mugging Maryland previous week 59-18. Michigan led 14-0 ten minutes into the game and 24-3 at the half. The Wolverines later allowed the Terrapins to get within 38-18 late in the third quarter but tacked on three touchdowns from there for the win and the money as 16-point favorites.
Michigan out-gained Maryland 503-359 and scored touchdowns on a kick-off return and a pick-6.
So the Wolverines have now out-gained each of their last seven opponents, going 6-1 both SU and ATS along the way.
At 8-0 in conference play, Ohio State leads the Big Ten East by one game over 7-1 Michigan. So this game is for a division title and a spot in the Big Ten championship game. And a victory there would very likely be worth an invitation to the CFP.
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Ohio State-Michigan History
The Wolverines once led this rivalry 57-36-6, but with 15 wins over the last 16 meetings, the Buckeyes have pulled to within 58-51-6. Ohio State also owns an eight-game winning streak over Michigan, but the Wolverines are 4-4 ATS over that span, keeping most games close as underdogs. Most recently, two seasons ago, the Buckeyes won 56-27 also at the Big House, covering at -9.
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College Football Betting Trends
In games matching two teams ranked in the Coaches Top 25 this season, the higher-ranked outfits are 20-15 SU but only 16-19 ATS.
- Overs are 6-5 in Buckeyes games this season, which are averaging 66 total points.
- Under are 6-5 in Wolverines games this season, which are averaging 53 points.
- Overs are 7-0 over the last seven meetings between these two teams, which have trended high-scoring.