Buckeyes vs. Wolverines at Michigan
The Ohio State Buckeyes are on a long ATS winning streak against the Michigan Wolverines as those Big Ten schools renew their rivalry at The Big House on Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State got past Michigan 26-21 as a 4-point home favorite when the schools met last season, and they're 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in the past six games between them since 2007.
The UNDER has paid out on the totals in four of their past six meetings.
Undefeated Ohio State can't afford a loss against Michigan as they look to grab a berth in the BCS Championship Game in January. They will be motivated to win big and impress the BCS voters. They are 6-1 ATS in seven recent trips here, so the spread is doable.
The Buckeyes will try to spoil the party on Saturday; they are 7-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Wolverines are 6-5 ATS. Ohio State is 7-4 on the totals; Michigan is 5-6.
The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 4-rated Buckeyes taking on the No. 56-rated Wolverines in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 47-26 win for the Buckeyes on Saturday.
Last time out for Ohio State, they were a 42-14 winner as they battled Indiana at home. Ohio State failed to cover in the match as a 33.5-point favorite, while 56 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Wolverines were Week 13 losers coming out on the wrong end of 24-21 score against Iowa.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Michigan's No. 47-ranked offense, averaging 33.09 PPG, against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 8 this week at 18.36 PPG. The Wolverines aerial game is averaging 234 yards per game, less than the Buckeyes secondary allows through the air, 238.09 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Buckeyes own the league's No. 7-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 96.25 yards per game when on the road. Michigan, on the other hand, rates No. 86 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Buckeyes at Wolverines trends to consider:
Ohio State is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State's last 6 games
Ohio State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Michigan is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
Michigan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games
Michigan is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home