It seems like every year the Big Ten East title comes down to a matchup between hated rivals the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. And this year is no exception. The only problem for Jim Harbaugh is that he’s never beaten OSU during his time with the Maize and Blue.
This is his best chance yet with a balanced roster and top-10 scoring defense. And the game is in the big house with over 100,000 fans ready to explode if Michigan can end an eight-game losing streak in the series and earn its first trip to the Big Ten Championship game.
The Week 13 college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines will take place at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 27, 2021 and will be televised on FOX.
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverine Odds
Ohio State Buckeyes -7 | Michigan Wolverines +7 [BET NOW]
Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverine Over/Under
Over/Under 64.5 [BET NOW]
Unless something drastic happens between now and kickoff this will be the first time Ohio State is favored by fewer than 14 points. And considering the massive lines they’ve faced they’ve done well for backers with payouts in two straight while going 6-2 ATS in their previous eight contests.
Both teams got greased up for this high-stakes encounter with impressive wins last week. OSU throttled Michigan State 56-7 while Michigan clobbered Maryland 59-18. The series has been all Ohio State with the Buckeyes winning the last eight and 15 of the previous 16 meetings.
It’s kind of hard for a team that’s 10-1 to fly under the radar, but that’s what Michigan has done. They aren’t mentioned as a CFP team and they are getting overlooked when it comes to the conference championship. That could be the motivation needed to finally put an end to the lengthy losing skid.
Their only loss was that stunner to MSU in Week 9, otherwise they’ve been perfect on the field and nearly perfect against the line. The Wolverines have three straight payouts and they are 9-2 ATS.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The math is simple for both sides; win and advance to the conference title game as East Division champs. And the winner is also in line for a CFP berth. So on top of being a nasty rivalry game, there is also plenty at stake. And it’s easy to see why the Buckeyes were bet up a point to a converted touchdown favorite.
They’re ending the season playing their best football, and that’s hard to do since they’ve been pretty damn good all season, except for that setback to Oregon earlier in the year. After close calls against Penn State and Nebraska they routed Purdue and MSU by a combined score of 115-38.
It might be tougher to score that many points against a strong UM defense, but don’t put it past C.J. Stroud and his bunch. With Stroud throwing for nearly 3,500 yards, the Buckeyes lead the nation in total offense and scoring. They’ve tallied more than 50 points in a game six times and average 47.2 points. Stroud had six scoring passes in the first half against MSU as the Buckeyes built a 49-0 halftime lead.
Is this the year the losing streak ends. A lot has been said about Harbaugh and his inability to win games against high-caliber opposition, i.e. Ohio State. Harbaugh has the balance on both sides of the football he’s long been craving and it’s resulted in one of the best season’s in program history.
It will be the best should they knock off the Buckeyes on Saturday. After watching Stroud pick apart MSU last week, the defense has to step up, own the line of scrimmage and pressure Stroud into making throws. And the defense has been good ranking among the top-10 nationally in total yards, scoring and against the pass.
Hassan Haskins becomes a bigger piece of the puzzle this week. The leading rusher headlines a ground game that averages over 218 yards, and UM has to have success to keep Stroud off the field. They aren’t as explosive but the Wolverines offense has been effective averaging nearly 450 yards and 37 points. Since Week 4 OSU has outscored opponents 297-74 in the first half. Avoiding an early deficit gives UM a better chance at the upset.
Ohio State at Michigan Predictions
Even though OSU has dominated the series recently this is still one of the best rivalry games in college football. Throw in a division title and likely CFP berth to the winner and the stakes get even higher. No team is playing as well as Ohio State right now, but Michigan has a defense that can slow Stroud and Co. down. Toss in a methodical offense that doesn’t hurt itself and the Buckeyes will get frustrated. I like UM at home for the upset.
Prediction: Michigan Wolverines +7 and UNDER 64.5