Big Ten Championship Betting Odds
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 24 straight games. A 25th consecutive game could land them in the BCS National Championship Game.
The Buckeyes began the week as 5.5-point favorites over a defensive-minded Michigan State team that has excelled in the underdog role.
The Spartans are 8-1-1 against the spread in their last 10 games as underdogs and they are getting 5.5 points at books such as Bovada as of Friday.
Ohio State has won eight of the last 10 meetings with Michigan State, but the Spartans won the last game, 10-7, in 2011. That was before Urban Meyer took over at Ohio State, though.
The Buckeyes survived an upset bid in a 42-41 win over Michigan. Michigan State beat Michigan 29-6. The Buckeyes are 14-10 against the spread during their winning streak.
Ohio State vs Michigan State betting is expected to be one of the weekend's biggest for college football wagering. The Buckeyes are 6-2-1 ATS in the past nine vs MSU.
The Spartans have dominated other Big ten competition lately, rolling to a 9-0 SU, 7-2 ATS mark in their past nine conference games.
The Spartans sit at 11-1 (7-4-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Buckeyes are currently 12-0 (7-5 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Michigan State is 4-8 OU, and Ohio State is 8-4 OU.
Bettors going with the Spartans in this game found them listed as 6.5-point underdogs on the betting line at BetOnline earlier in the week. The over under for the Big Ten title game was 51.5 earlier at Bovada.
The Spartans - Buckeyes odds would favor the Buckeyes if the lines were set according to power ranks. Michigan State is rated No. 17 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Buckeyes sit at No. 7. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 31-22 win for the Buckeyes.
Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 42-41 winner as they battled Michigan on the road. Ohio State failed to cover in the match as a 15.5-point favorite, while 83 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Carlos Hyde went over the 100-yard mark (226) in his team's latest effort as Ohio State defeated Michigan by a score of 42-41 on Saturday. Jeremy Langford went over the 100-yard mark (134) in his team's latest effort as Michigan State defeated Minnesota by a score of 14-3 on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Michigan State's No. 63-ranked offense, averaging 29.42 PPG, against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 18 this week at 20.25 PPG. The Spartans aerial game is averaging 194 yards per game, less than the Buckeyes secondary allows through the air, 255.83 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Buckeyes feature the league's No. 9-rated road run defense, allowing 107.4 yards per game. Michigan State, meanwhile, ranks No. 51 in rushing offense at home.
A few Buckeyes at Spartans trends to consider:
Ohio State is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games
Ohio State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 7 games
Michigan State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Michigan State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Michigan State's last 6 games
Michigan State is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Ohio State