As we head into Ohio State-Michigan betting odds, one thing to make note of is that this is the most important game of Week 13 in college football.
Not only is this one of the fiercest, most intense rivalries in college football, but this year, the game comes with so much that is on the line.
Ohio State jumped up to No. 2 in the polls after they posted an eye-popping, 56-7 win over then-No. 7 Michigan State in Week 12. They have climbed up to No. 2 in the CFB Playoff rankings as well, assuring that they will be in the playoff and likely avoid a semifinal matchup with Georgia if they win out. That matters, as does the fact that the winner of this matchup will win the Big Ten East and, thus, get a shot at the Big Ten title.
In other words, this is essentially the Big Ten title game as well.
And should I mention that Michigan, right now, sits at fifth in the CFB Playoff rankings?
A win should be enough to get them into the top four right now and earn them a spot in the top four at the end of the season, should they win out.
There’s a lot on the line here.
Where does the value lie?
Longtime college sports writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 and The Field of 12 Network is here to break down the tantalizing matchup and provide the Ohio State-Michigan betting odds for Week 12 of the college football season.
Until then, as a NCAA fan, you can check NFL betting odds and get ready to place a bet at BetRivers.
WEEK 12 BETTING ODDS: WEEKEND GUIDE
OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN BETTING ODDS:
No. 2 OHIO STATE (10-1) at No. 5 MICHIGAN (10-1)
GAME: 12:00 p.m. ET (FOX)
MONEYLINE: Ohio State (-335), Michigan (+235)
SPREAD: OHIO STATE (-7.5)
OHIO STATE-MICHIGAN PREDICTION:
This line has moved since it opened.
Ohio State started the week as 8.5-point favorites. That line has since moved down to 7.5, which means that the early money came in on the Wolverines here.
And that, I just don’t understand.
It’s been months since anyone has figured out how to slow down this offense that is being captained by C.J. Stroud. He’s been great, and it helps that his NFL receiving corps — Chris Olave (848 yards, 13 TDs), Garrett Wilson (939 yards, 11 TDs) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (1,132 yards, 6 TDs) — are basically uncoverable.
As good as Michigan has been this season, I just don’t see anyone this side of Georgia finding a way to slow that trip down.
Should I mention TreVeyon Henderson now or no?
That’s Ohio State’s fifth-best weapon offensively. Terrifying.
I do believe that Michigan will be able to put up more of a fight than Michigan State, and the way to get at the Buckeye defense is on the ground. I’m not sure there is a more effective ground game in college football than that of Michigan.
So I lean towards the over here, personally.
But after seeing what Ohio State has done over the course of the last three weeks, I don’t know if there is a number that I wouldn’t back the Buckeyes at.