Buckeyes Lead NCAAF Odds for Grudge vs Michigan St.

Posted by Aaron . on November 20, 2015 in

Michigan State (7-2) heads into action in Columbus against the Ohio State Buckeyes with a real chance to detonate the College Football Playoff picture. They are a 13-point road underdog. However, the last two times the Spartans entered action against Ohio State as an underdog, they are 2-0, both straight up and against the spread. Michigan State responded to a disappointing loss to Nebraska with a 24-7 convincing win over the Maryland Terrapins last week, as their defense finally showed up and played a convincing 60 minutes of football.

Michigan State vs Ohio State Game Preview and Betting Odds

Date/Time: Saturday, November 21st, 3:30 PM
Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
NCAAF Odds: Ohio State -14
Live Streaming: BIG10 Network
Radio: A full list of Ohio State’s radio affiliates can be accessed here.

Before the 38-39 loss to Nebraska, the Spartan defense was permitting 24 points per game, including 65 points total in the previous two games. That same stout defense will need to come to play this week against Ohio State. Michigan State is 8-1 straight up in their last nine road games. In their last 10 November road contests, they are 9-1 straight up and against the spread.

Ohio State is no slouch in November, either – you can’t lose these key games and have a prayer in the playoff system. Last week, Ohio State went to Illinois and rolled 28-3, entering the game favored to win by 17. Ohio State rolled up 283 yards on the ground; they average 244.9 rushing yards per contest this season. Because Ezekiel Elliott and J.T. Barrett are a fearsome pair in the backfield, opposing defenses have twice as many people to contain. Ohio State has won nine of 11 games against Michigan State, going 7-3-1 against the spread during that time.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2015

Betting Odds Trends

Michigan State Spartans

The winner of this game will have clear control of its own destiny in the Big Ten, just another win away from the Big Ten championship games, where they would likely face Iowa. The Spartans and Buckeyes have split the last four games, both 2-2 against the spread and against the spread, with no game decided by more than 12 points.

So what’s the pick? I don’t think Michigan State can go into Columbus and win, but that line is ridiculously large given the history between these two storied college football programs. I like the Spartans to cover.