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Ohio State looks to bounce back from embarrassing defeat


The Ohio State Buckeyes are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games coming off a loss. After suffering a stunning 55-24 loss on the road to Iowa last Saturday, the Buckeyes return home to face the Michigan State Spartans this week.

  • Ohio State is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games in November.
  • Michigan State is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in Ohio State’s last six games.

Ohio State controlled its own destiny for a spot in the College Football Playoff after scoring a triumphant 39-38 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions two weeks ago, but the joy from that win was short-lived. The Buckeyes will need to settle for focusing on a potential trip to the Rose Bowl as the winner of this game will likely go on to win the Big Ten East and play in the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin.

Michigan State has a star in the making in sophomore Brian Lewerke. For the second straight week, Lewerke racked up 400 passing yards, this time in leading his team to a victory over Penn State as 10-point home underdogs. Lewerke will now face his biggest test to date, going on the road to face an Ohio State team that the Spartans are 3-10 SU against in their last 13 games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Michigan State Spartans in this one found them as 15.5-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the OVER/UNDER number opens in this game.

A 40-23 result in favor of the Buckeyes was the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Michigan State Spartans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Michigan State Spartans will try to spoil the party on Saturday; they are 6-3 against the spread this season, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are 4-5 ATS. Michigan State is 4-5 on the OVER/UNDER betting totals; Ohio State is 7-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Ohio State vs Michigan State injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Buckeyes at No. 6 and the Spartans at No. 62 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Ohio State's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 43.78 PPG, against a Michigan State defense that ranks No. 27 this week at 20.11 PPG. The Ohio State aerial game is averaging 312.44 yards per game, more than the Michigan State Spartans secondary allows through the air, 216.67 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Michigan State Spartans feature the league's No. 5-rated road run defense, allowing 80 yards per game. Ohio State, meanwhile, ranks No. 29 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Michigan State's aerial attack generated 400 yards and the Spartans came away with a 27-24 victory over Penn State at Spartan Stadium.

Ohio State was hammered in its last outing, as Iowa ran up a 55-24 score against them at Kinnick Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Michigan State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Michigan State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Michigan State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Michigan State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • Ohio State is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Ohio State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio State's last 5 games
  • Ohio State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

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