Wolverines Enter ‘The Game’ Against Ohio State As Underdog At Michigan Sportsbooks

Written By Paul Costanzo on November 20, 2022 - Last Updated on November 23, 2022

There are no more look-ahead possibilities. No more potential trap games. Michigan and Ohio State can now focus on each other and their massive matchup at the Horseshoe.

The No. 3 Wolverines travel to Columbus Saturday to take on the No. 2 Buckeyes, with much more than rivalry bragging rights on the line.

A win means a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game, and the inside track to the College Football Playoff. A loss means a lot of heartache and a nervy wait for the final CFP rankings.

How to Watch Michigan vs. Ohio State

  • When: Noon, Saturday, Nov. 26
  • Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • TV: FOX
  • Streaming: Fox Sports app; foxsports.com
  • Last meeting: Michigan 42, Ohio State 27 on Nov. 27, 2021
  • Weather: Partly sunny; high 40s; 10-15 mph winds

Michigan vs. Ohio State spread

The Michigan vs. Ohio State spread at Michigan sportsbooks had the Buckeyes favored by a little more than a touchdown early in the week.

The look-ahead line was closer to two touchdowns as the season began, but Michigan’s dominance throughout the season pulled it closer.

Ohio State, of course, didn’t do much to lose the confidence of oddsmakers, hence the edge of more than a touchdown against a fellow top 5 opponent.

The over/under is in the high 50s, as both teams rank among the top offenses in the country. Their defenses have been equally as impressive, although they’re relatively untested even 11 games into the season, thanks to a dearth of strong offenses in the Big Ten.

Blake Corum injury update

Michigan fans were holding their breath throughout the Week 12 game with Illinois for multiple reasons. Not only did the Wolverines need a late field goal to escape, but star running back Blake Corum limped off the field with a leg injury.

Corum tried to give it a go in the second half, but couldn’t. What that means for his availability against Ohio State is still unknown.

Initial tests showed no structural damage, according to Jim Harbaugh’s postgame comments. That’s some initial good news for Corum and Michigan, but it will certainly be something bettors and sportsbooks will be monitoring throughout the week, as Corum is Michigan’s biggest offensive weapon.

Michigan vs. Ohio State player props

Michigan sportsbooks are waiting on injury news to put a number up for a Blake Corum rushing yards prop.

DraftKings Sportsbook MI lists just Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy in its rushing yards props, and has him at over/under 12.5.

There are no Ohio State options listed, as the Buckeyes are also dealing with running back injuries.

Ohio State receivers Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka have the highest receiving yards props, with Harrison listed at 93.5 and Egbuka at 74.5. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who has missed nearly the entire season, isn’t listed, but Ohio State has hoped to have him ready.

FanDuel Sportsbook MI lists CJ Stroud’s over/under for passing yard at 281.5, while McCarthy is just 180.5. Both sides in both markets were at -114 as of Wednesday morning. Stroud’s passing touchdown prop is listed at 2.5, but the over is getting +112 odds, while the under is at -148.

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