A year after having their hopes of a perfect season dashed by the Michigan Wolverines (11-0 SU, 6-4-1 ATS), the Ohio State Buckeyes (11-0, 5-5-1) hope to return the favor Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have won eight of the last nine meetings between the Big Ten rivals.
Wolverines vs Buckeyes Opening Odds
Ohio State has been favored by at least 15 points in all of its games this season, while Michigan has not been an underdog all year. Both of those trends will end this week after Ohio State opened as a 7.5-point favorite, the fewest the Buckeyes have been favored by at Ohio Stadium since 2017.
Michigan Attack Struggled Last Week After Star Running Back Left With Injury
Star running back Blake Corum might not be as effective as usual this week — if he plays at all. Corum, the nation’s touchdown leader with 19, played just two snaps in the second half of last week’s 19-17 win over Illinois after hurting his knee in the first half. Corum told the Detroit News that he expects to be able to play against Ohio State, and he was medically cleared to return to the game last week.
Michigan’s offense struggled badly without Corum against the Fighting Illini, managing just four field goals in the second half. Despite touching the ball only once after halftime, Corum still accounted for 147 of Michigan’s 376 total yards in the contest.
Buckeyes’ Top Running Back Also Hobbled, But Backup More Than Capable
The Buckeyes are also coming off an underwhelming performance, overcoming a 13-10 halftime deficit to win 43-30 last week at Maryland as 25-point favorites. A bigger concern for Buckeyes fans, however, is the status of star running back TreVeyon Henderson, who managed just 19 yards on 11 carries in his first game back after missing the previous two to injuries.
If Henderson is still hampered this week, at least the Buckeyes know they have a backup they can rely on. Dallan Hayden ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns against the Terrapins, his second consecutive outing of 100-plus yards.
The Buckeyes have gone OVER the total in eight of their last nine overall, and they’ve also gone OVER the total in eight straight meetings with Michigan. However, Ohio State’s defense has played a lot better this year at home, allowing an average of 11.3 points in its last three contests at Ohio Stadium.
Wolverines: Keys to Win
Michigan ran for nearly 300 yards in last year’s upset of the Buckeyes, and they’ll need to run it effectively once again on Saturday to keep the ball away from the Ohio State offense. The Wolverines have shown that they can put up points against the Buckeyes, averaging nearly 35 points in the last three meetings.
Buckeyes: Keys to Win
Ohio State players have been looking forward to this rematch ever since last year’s crushing loss at Michigan, which might explain last week’s lackluster performance at Maryland. The Buckeyes have also been nearly unstoppable at home, scoring at least 49 points in each of their last five games as the hosts.