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Michigan favored vs Ohio State

Ohio State travels to Michigan on Saturday, in the 2011 instalment of one of college football's biggest betting events - The Game.

The Wolverines are favored to end Ohio State's scandal-plagued year with a loss. The Buckeyes however have won four straight against Michigan and they look to play the spoiler role here.

The Buckeyes will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 5-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Wolverines are 8-3 ATS.

View Ohio State vs Michigan Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Michigan opened as 7.5-point favorites. The total was set at 44.5 and the best UNDER price was at TopBet Saturday.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 37-rated Buckeyes taking on the No. 9-rated Wolverines in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 41-28 win for the Wolverines on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Michigan's No. 25-ranked offense (33.6 PPG) against a Buckeyes defense that ranks No. 14 at 19 PPG. The Wolverines passing attack has averaged 189.3 yards per game, more than the Buckeyes give up through the air (187.9 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Buckeyes own the league's No. 71-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 179.2 yards per game when on the road. Michigan, on the other hand, rates No. 8 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Ohio State lost its last outing, a 20-14 result against Penn State on November 19. Ohio State failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite, while the 34 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Michigan was a 45-17 winner in its last match at home against Nebraska. They covered the 4.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 62 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing in November are 8-2
When playing on turf are 7-3
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 6-4

Michigan Wolverines Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Buckeyes at Wolverines trends to consider:
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Michigan
Ohio State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Michigan
Ohio State is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Ohio State is 13-5-1 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Michigan is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Michigan is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Michigan's last 5 games
Michigan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ohio State