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Ohio State vs. Michigan - point spread, odds and preview

The betting preview, including odds and point spread, of the Week 12 college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines.

Ohio State vs. Michigan - point spread, odds and preview There is no need to tell you that the Saturday college football game between the No.7 Ohio State (10-1) and the No.23 Michigan (8-3) is the most anticipated match-up by bettors and spectators alike. The game between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines is already the No.1 bet on event at the online sportsbook Bookmaker (opens new window) and the odds there are favoring Ohio State to win the game at -200. The Wolverines will be underdog at home with betting odds +170. The point spread on the Ohio State vs. Michigan is currently sitting at -4.5 points chalk the Buckeyes with the total set at 48.5 points. Quick look at the betting trends of the teams show that Ohio State is 4-2 against the spread in its last 6 games and Michigan is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 games.

 The lead in the Big Ten is what's riding on this game and if you can watch only one game this Saturday, make that game Buckeyes vs. Wolverines, you won't regret it. Michigan and Ohio State are tied for the first spot in the conference and both college football teams will exhibit the best they have when they meet in Ann Arbor this weekend. Both are coming out of losses. Ohio State got their first upset for the season at home against Illinois 28-21 and Michigan lost 21-37 to Wisconsin. Which comes to show you that the Wolverines are dependable on quarterback Chad Henne and running back Mike Hart, and without them, winning is not easy. Unfortunately for the Michigan fans Henne remains questionable for the game against Ohio State and Hart has been upgraded to probable, giving him 50-50 chance to play on Saturday. If Michigan comes out on the field without these two players, Ohio State has a very good chance of winning the game, considering only LB Ross Homan is questionable for the Buckeyes. The Wolverines are pretty much out of running backs, other than Hart, Avery Horn is also questionable and Kevin Grady is out indefinitely.

 Offensively, the two teams match well, the Buckeyes with 418.8 yards per game and the Wolverines with 412.9 yards on average. But the defense of Michigan is truly outperformed by Ohio State, which allows only 248.5 yards and 11.4 points, compared to the Wolverines with 349.6 yards and 20.8 points allowed per game. But Illinois proved that any team could be beaten, despite stats and if Michigan is ready by Saturday, it's anyone's game. But if Chad Henne and Mike Hart are not with the team this weekend, Ohio State will have no problem covering the -4.5 points spread.

 Published on 11/15/2007

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