Michigan Wolverines (10-1) at Ohio State Buckeyes (10-1)
College Football: Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.
The Michigan Wolverines look for their 11th straight victory to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship and remain in the college football playoff conversation. The Michigan Wolverines have won six of their last nine road games. Shea Patterson is completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 2,177 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Patterson has two or more touchdown passes in 11 of his last 18 games. Donovan Peoples-Jones and Zach Gentry have combined for 952 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Nico Collins has 29 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 219.1 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 13.5 points and 234.8 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 72 tackles, Josh Uche has seven sacks and Josh Metellus has three interceptions.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 10 of their last 11 games and hope to clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship and remain in the college football playoff conversation. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 12 straight home games. Dwayne Haskins is completing 69.3 percent of his passes for 3,685 yards, 36 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Haskins has three or more touchdown passes in seven of his 11 games this season. K.J. Hill and Parris Campbell have combined for 1,463 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Terry McLaurin has 30 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 182.3 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 915 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 24.6 points and 398.6 yards per game. Malik Harrison leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 57 tackles, Dre'Mont Jones has 7.5 sacks and Kendall Sheffield has two interceptions.
The Wolverines are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wolverines are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Michigan Wolverines have allowed some teams to hang around, but they've won 10 straight games and each of their last six wins have come by double digits. The Ohio State Buckeyes honestly should have lost last week to the Maryland Terrapins as 17-point favorites, and my theory of them not being the same OSU team since that loss to Purdue is holding true. The Michigan Wolverines have covered six of their last 10 games when a favorite of at least 10 points. The Ohio State Buckeyes have covered 12 straight games when an underdog of at least 10 points. The Ohio State Buckeyes are just not a good football team right now, as the defense gets gashed and the offense isn't as consistent as it should be this time of year. Michigan has the best defense in the country and the offense has gotten better in terms of yards and overall production. It's tough to turn down points with Ohio State given its success in the underdog role, but Michigan is the better team and it's not all that close. I'll lay the points with the road team.